PAST EVENTS

Events are organized chronologically by date. Contact us for information about events before 2015, or if you are unable to access posted event information or materials »

2016 Events

THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016

Policy Forum Series: 2016 Legislative Preview »

A bipartisan group of legislative leaders spoke about their environmental policy priorities for the session at our 15th annual legislative preview. 

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

Business and Environment Series: COP21: The Impacts, Opportunities, and Risks for Businesses »

Participants discussed how the outcomes of the COP21 agreement will impact Minnesota businesses. They explored the implications of the international climate agreement and national carbon emissions goals for the business community, including identifying and managing risks and capitalizing on opportunities created by a shift to a low-carbon economy.

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

2016 Environmental Initiative Awards »

Environmental Initiative presented seven awards to environmental projects that used partnership and collaboration to achieve extraordinary outcomes for Minnesota's environment.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Policy Forum Series: Drinking Water Infrastructure: Strategies for Closing the Funding Gap »

Participants heard from public health and water quality experts and engaged in small group discussions about the future of Minnesota’s water infrastructure.  

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2016

Business and Environment Series: Sustainability Storytelling: Going Beyond the Report »

Participants explored how to effectively translate complex sustainability outcomes into great stories that connect, engage, and inspire audiences. 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016

Policy Forum Series: Addressing Barriers to Community Solar »

Participants explored lessons learned from the implementation of Minnesota’s community solar garden programs and ways to address economic and regulatory barriers to more wide-spread community solar deployment.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

Business and Environment Series: Trending In Our Backyards: A Community-Based Path to Business Sustainability »

Participants explored the emerging trend of community-based sustainability, and left the session with short-term business strategies to develop or advance place-based sustainability goals.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016

Policy Forum Series: Air Quality and Health Equity »

Participants explored a diverse set of perspectives on what would need to be done in order to address air quality and its effects on health equity in Minnesota.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016

Policy Forum Series: 2017 Legislative Preview »

Participants heard from legislative leaders about their environmental priorities during the upcoming session. 

2015 Events

January 16, 2015

Policy Forum Series: 2015 Legislative Preview »

Our 14th annual Legislative Preview was a first look at how our legislative leaders anticipate tackling the state's most pressing environmental issues in the upcoming session.

JUNE 18, 2015

Policy Forum Series: Agricultural Lands, Legacy, and Accountability: A Clean Water Conversation »

Participants in this policy forum discussed agricultural lands, water quality, the role of buffer strips, and how we can work more effectively together to accelerate clean water outcomes. 

JUNE 23, 2015

Business & Environment Series: Organics Recycling: A Growing Movement » 

The session demystified organics recycling and helped businesses imagine implementing organics recycling at their organization. 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015

Business & Environment Series: Making Clean Energy Work: From Balance Sheets to Building Operations »

A cross-sector community of sustainability professionals for gathered for informal networking, small group discussion, and peer-to-peer learning to identify tangible, energy-saving, takeaways to implement in their organizations.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015

Policy Forum Series: The Clean Power Plan: Shaping Minnesota's Response

Participants in this policy forum gained a better understanding of the federal Clean Power Plan and explored Minnesota’s possible responses to this landmark regulation.   

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Business and Environment Series: The State of Sustainability in Minnesota »

Participants explored the difference sustainability programs are making, what we’ve learned, and where sustainability is headed next. 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015

Policy Forum Series: Bioproducts Policy: Will We Get the Industry We Want? »

This event explored how the bioproducts industry is evolving and how we can structure incentives and other state policy in order to achieve the greatest environmental, social & economic benefits for Minnesota.