Need a better understanding of how our environment and natural resources are protected? Curious about what careers, initiatives, employers, and agencies are doing environmental policy and conservation work?
Tune in to this Zoom event to be inspired by the journey of Dave Ullrich, an environmental advocate, EPA attorney, and United Nations Climate Change Conference representative (among other titles). Dave will share how his background in environmental law has allowed him to create real change on the regional, national, and international levels, and how anyone (regardless of major) can develop a rewarding career in environmental policy and conservation work that fuels their passion. He’s eager to connect with prospective/current students, graduates, and alumni as part of this virtual presentation and networking event.
About Dave Ullrich
During his thirty-year career with the Environmental Protection Agency, his worked facilitated implementation of the Clean Water Act, Superfund law, control of new and abandoned high priority hazardous waste sites, and countless other federal environmental protection laws. He supervised thousands of employees throughout multiple roles. Eventually, while serving as the chief operating officer in the EPA’s largest region, he managed a budget of close to $1 billion. Dave served on numerous national work groups and task forces to help shape the policies and programs of the Agency. He also served as US Chair of the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board.
Following this work with the EPA, he launched and grew the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, which established a voice and advocacy support for local government on policies affecting these freshwater resources. Dave was part of the organization’s delegation to the UN Conference on Climate Change in 2015 in Paris before his retirement in 2017. Since then, he’s served in roles such as US Chair of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board and Chair of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. He’s also spent extensive time in Australia learning about the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics, though his main focus continues to center on the U.S. and Canada.