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CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke - May 17th at UMD

Free event on the UMD Campus!

See 2013 CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke
speak about how one person can make a substantial difference in the world!

Friday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Kirby Ballroom

Chad Pregracke is nationally and internationally recognized for his work on cleaning up the environment. When he was a teenager he started working as a Commercial Shell Diver and witnessed firsthand the distressed condition of the Mississippi River only 30 feet from his family's home.

He established the Living Lands & Waters non-profit in 1998 and since then, more than 10 million pounds of garbage have been removed from waterways by Chad, his crew, and more than 100,000 volunteers. They have held almost 1,100 river clean-ups on 23 rivers in 20 states. Over one million trees have also been planted through the MillionTreesProject, started in 2007.

Chad is speaking at UMD as the keynote presenter for the 2019 Lake Superior Youth Symposium and the public is invited to join in this inspirational and educational event.

Event is free of charge. No reservation or tickets required. If you need disability accommodations, contact Amy Kireta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 218-726-7409.

The event is presented with support from these major sponsors:

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Swenson College of Science & Engineering
  • Living Lands & Waters

Free parking in Pay Lot G or Lot A (Planetarium entrance, just go up 1 flight of stairs and down long hall to the Kirby Student Center- Ballroom is on 3rd floor)

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Ely, MN 55731



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