State Convening

On Thursday, September 8 and Friday, September 9, 2016, IATP and the Jefferson Center hosted a State Convening of participants from the three Rural Climate Dialogues to guide policy and on-the-ground actions that are needed to effectively address climate change and its impacts in Minnesota, the region, and the nation.

This gathering was the culmination of the local Rural Climate Dialogues IATP and the Jefferson Center (together with local partners) held around the state from 2014-2016. It brought together community leaders from the Morris area, Itasca County, and Winona County who already participated in deep climate education and discussions in their communities to discuss statewide rural Minnesota climate change adaptation and mitigation issues, and to identify priorities for policy and action for Minnesota to pursue.  

Hear from more State Convening participants about climate change in their community. 

Video production credit: Center for Rural Strategies 

 

Rural Climate Dialogues State Convening Agenda

Thursday, September 8, 2016 | 10:30 a.m.  – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, September 9, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
US Bank Center (16th floor), 101 East Fifth Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
 

Thursday September 8th

(Thursday is a day for Rural Climate Dialogue participants to re-visit the priorities set at their individual community dialogues. This will primarily be a day for listening and observing.)

 

10:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the Jefferson Center

 

11:20 a.m. Why We're Here - Setting the Rural Context

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

 

11:30 a.m. Personal Narrative and Storytelling Overview

Presentation by the Center for Rural Strategies

 

12:00 p.m. Capturing Personal Narratives

Discussion led by the Center for Rural Strategies & the Jefferson Center

 

12:30 p.m. Lunch for participants
 
1:15 p.m. "The Story of Me" / What's Happening in Our Communities?

Discussion led by the Center for Rural Strategies & the Jefferson Center

  • Revisit Rural Climate Dialogue Community Action Plans – Review and identify priorities for each community

 

2:25 p.m. "The Story of Us" / What's Happening Across Minnesota?

Discussion led by the Center for Rural Strategies & the Jefferson Center

  • Compare and contrast Community Action Plans - Review and identify priorities across all three communities

 

3:40 p.m. Break
 
3:55 p.m. "The Story of Now” / What Will We Do in Minnesota?

Discussion led by the Center for Rural Strategies & the Jefferson Center

 

5:05 p.m. Presenting Full Narratives & Wrap Up

 

5:30 p.m. Adjourn to optional social time and dinner

 

Friday, September 9th

(Friday will be a collaborative conservation between rural citizens and state agency staff. We will work collaboratively to understand the priority concerns of rural Minnesotans; learn what programs, policies and vehicles exist to address these concerns; and generate ideas and proposals for improving these offerings.)

 

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Regathering

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the Jefferson Center

 

8:45 a.m. Minnesota’s Commitment to Addressing Climate Change

Will Seuffert, Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

 

9:00 a.m. Minnesota’s Climate Action Planning
  • Climate Solutions and Economic Opportunities Plan – The Role of Mitigation

Will Seuffert, Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

  • The Interagency Climate Adaptation Team - The Role of Adaptation

Paul Moss, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Climate Adaptation Coordinator

 

9:30 a.m. The Rural Climate Dialogue Process – An Overview

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy & the Jefferson Center

 

9:45 a.m. Rural Community Health and Vitality – Ensuring Climate Solutions Are Also Community Solutions
  • Greater Minnesota's Extreme Weather and Climate Conditions

Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension

  • Protecting and Enhancing Rural Health in the Face of Climate Change

Brenda Hoppe, Research Scientist, Minnesota Department of Health

  • Rural Economic Development and Improved Quality of Life in the Face of Climate Change

Kelly Asche, University of Minnesota Center for Small Towns

 

10:45 a.m. Break
 
11:00 a.m. Energy Transition
  • Rural Voices – challenges, needs and proposals

Rural Climate Dialogue jurors and stakeholders

  • State Capacity - policies and programs  

Michelle Gransee, Department of Commerce

Lissa Pawlisch, Clean Energy Resource Teams

  • Focused Dialogue for Improving and Connecting

Facilitated Discussions with Invited Participants - MN Department of Commerce, US Department of Agriculture, Clean Energy Resource Teams, Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul Port Authority, Great Plains Institute, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, MN Pollution Control Agency, and Department of Employment and Economic Development

 

12:30 p.m. Lunch
 
1:30 p.m. Infrastructure Needs
  • Rural Voices – challenges, needs and proposals

Rural Climate Dialogue jurors and stakeholders

  • State Capacity - policies and programs  

Philip Schaffner, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Philipp Muessig, Green Step Cities Program

  • Focused Dialogue for Improving and Connecting

Facilitated Discussions with Invited Participants - US Department of Agriculture, MN Department of Transportation, MN Department of Health, MN Pollution Control Agency, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and U of M Extension

 

3:00 p.m. Break
 
3:15 p.m. Land Use, Management, and Stewardship
  • Rural Voices – challenges, needs and proposals

Rural Climate Dialogue jurors and stakeholders

  • State Capacity - policies and programs  

Brad Redlin, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Dan Shaw, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

  • Focused Dialogue for Improving and Connecting

Facilitated Discussions with Invited Participants - US Department of Agriculture, MN Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, MN Pollution Control Agency, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, MN Department of Transportation, and U of M Extension

 

4:45 p.m. Full Group Debrief, Review Outcomes, Steps to Achieve Outcomes

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy & the Jefferson Center

 

5:15 p.m. Adjourn (rural community members please remain for post-survey)