20th Annual Legislative Preview

Join Environmental Initiative on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 9-10:30 a.m. to hear from bipartisan legislative leaders about their environmental priorities for the 2021 session. An open networking opportunity will be available from 10:30-11 a.m. The event will be held online. Each attendee will receive a link within 24 hours of the event.

Legislative Leaders

Sen. David Senjem (R), District 25
Rep. Jamie Long (DFL), District 61B
Rep. Fue Lee (DFL), District 59A
Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R) District: 16A (invited)
Rep. Athena Hollins (DFL) District: 66B (invited)

Participating legislators will speak to:

  • How they plan to address climate change, including transforming the energy system, in the upcoming session.
  • What specific issues and policies the environmental community should keep an eye on in 2021.
  • How they will engage communities most impacted by climate change and affected by changes to the energy industry and economy through policy design and decisions.


In this year of tremendous change and concurrent crises—including a pandemic, economic recession, deepening racial disparities, political polarization, and civil unrest—we have all been forced to sharpen our focus, whether on immediate needs or the root causes of future threats. Our 2021 Legislative Preview will be no exception. We will focus on climate change, the existential threat that touches all parts of our economy, puts many of life’s support systems at risk, and is already disproportionately harming our most economically vulnerable communities, particularly many communities of color.

What climate and energy policy and legislative issues do you want to hear about? Email your questions to Meleah Houseknecht or post on our LinkedIn and Twitter with #MNLeg21.

Accommodations, Questions & Registration

To request accommodations, help resetting your password, and for student and volunteer registration, contact Rachel Geissinger at 612-334-3388 ext. 8122.

For questions about sponsorship or becoming a financial supporter, contact Sacha Seymour-Anderson at 612-334-3388 ext. 8108.

Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn us know you’re coming and share your questions by using #PolicyForumEI.


Thank you to our Policy Forum Series sponsors Dorsey & Whitney and Wenck, Lead Event sponsor Larkin Hoffman, and Supporting Event sponsors MN Power, Great River Energy and Clean Energy Economy Minnesota.