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Insights & Impact Forum: Investing in Minnesota with the Inflation Reduction Act

October 26, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Several wind turbines are stationed on a hill on a sunny day. There are a few clouds in the sky. Over the image is text that says "Insights & Impact Forum: Investing in Minnesota with the Inflation Reduction Act. Oct. 26, 2023 from 3 to 6:30 p.m." Hosted by Environmental Initiative. Sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Stoel Rives LLP, Barr Engineering Co., Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and LHB, Inc.

Event summary

The passing of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in 2022 granted $370 billion of support to projects that would boost clean energy. This funding, alongside other expansive initiatives like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signifies unprecedented federal commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and improving other environmental issues.

The government provided guidance for new programming under the IRA earlier this year. On Thursday, Oct. 26, Environmental Initiative will host an Insights & Impact Forum to bring together Minnesota’s nonprofits, state governments, community leaders, and business authorities for a conversation about where the funds are headed and what resources are currently in development.

Join us in the Ballroom at Macalester College from 3 – 6:30 p.m. to learn how these tools will impact the state of Minnesota and its marginalized communities. Panelists will also discuss how federal investments are helping the state meet the goals of the Justice40 Initiative.



  • Katrina Kessler, Commissioner Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Shannon Lotthammer, Assistant Commissioner  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Peter Lindstrom, CERTs Manager of Public Sector & Community Engagement  University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
  • Rick Carter, Chief Executive Officer  LHB, Inc.
  • Channon Lemon, Founder Intent Energy
  • Carolina Ortiz, Associate Executive Director  COPAL MN
  • Grace Arnold, Commissioner — Minnesota Department of Commerce


  • 2:30 p.m. — Doors open, registration, networking
  • 3 p.m. — Welcome
  • 3:15 p.m. — Government Panel
  • 4 p.m. — Community Panel
  • 5 p.m. — Panelist Q&A
  • 5:30 p.m. — Informal networking and close

Who should attend

  • State and local elected officials.
  • Local government staff.
  • Community groups and nonprofits.
  • Residents interested in the environment, economic development, and justice.
  • Youth environmental leaders and advocates.
  • Businesses and consultants working in agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and water.
  • University students, faculty, and staff.


Registration for this event is $30. If cost is a barrier, please do not hesitate to contact Rachel Geissinger, we have no-cost tickets available.

Questions? Contact Rachel Geissinger at 612-334-338 ext. 8122.

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October 26, 2023
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Macalester College
21 Snelling Ave. S
St. Paul, MN 55105 United States
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