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A U.S.-Canadian environmental conference for local governments will be held here next month and will feature a celebrity keynote speaker and international experts.

The 2013 Conference on the Environment: A Bi-National Sustainability Summit will take place Oct. 3-5 in Adam’s Mark Hotel.

It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday with an address from Gord Downie, lead singer from the Tragically Hip and a well-known advocate for water resource protection in Canada. There will be three distinct tracks for conference sessions: Land Use & Planning; Climate Change and Sustainable Communities; and Great Lakes and Water Resource. It will include a field tour with stops in Love Canal and at the Niagara Power Project.

The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning and the Niagara Region Integrated Community Planning Department spent almost a year planning the conference.

Registration is $95 and includes all conference sessions, events and select meals. Exhibit space is available for $300. For more information, visit: http://coe2013.org.

Tickets are available to the public for $25 and can be purchased online at http://coe2013.org. Proceeds from public ticket sales will benefit the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The conference is sponsored by Ecology and Environment Inc., the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, National Grid and Wendel.

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