Laura Turner Seydel to Present at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful's 9th Annual Earth Day Awards Luncheon

Published: Apr. 6, 2016 at 6:50 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is hosting "Eco Warrior," Captain Planet Foundation Chair Laura Turner Seydel at a special luncheon Thursday, April 7.

KNIB's 9th Annual Earth Day Awards Luncheon with Environmental Excellence Awards will go from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will feature Seydel as a keynote speaker and be hosted by Executive Director of KNIB, Lori Gummow.

Biography of Laura Turner Seydel:

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children.

Seydel is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded and is Board Chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, an official program of the American Lung Association Southeastern Region. In 1994, she and her husband Rutherford co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Seydel, daughter of CNN founder Ted Turner, serves on the boards of her family’s foundations: the Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She is vice chair of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Carter Center Board of Councilors; she also serves on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and board of directors of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta.

Seydel is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and environmental awards, including the National Society of High School Scholars World Betterment Award, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Drum Major for Justice Award, the Healthy Child Healthy World’s Mom on a Mission Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s Legacy Award, the National Garden Club’s Award of Excellence, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Legacy Honoree and an inductee of the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers.