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Insights & Impact: 2023 Legislative Preview

February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Registration for this hybrid event is $50 and is open to everyone. Please indicate if you plan to attend in person or online on the registration form. Online registration is open until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 and in-person registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. the day of the event.

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

Event summary

Over the past several years, Environmental Initiative has worked to put equity and environmental health at the core of our mission. We’ve redesigned our Legislative Preview to center leaders from communities disproportionately affected by pollution, climate change, and other environmental challenges.

We will host two panel discussions, one with individuals representing rural, Indigenous, and urban BIPOC perspectives and the second with legislators representing these most-impacted communities.

Join us to explore:

  • Environmental issues and policies of highest concern for most-impacted communities.
  • How legislators are engaging impacted communities in policy design and decision-making.
  • Opportunities for meaningful collaboration and engagement to advance policies and initiatives around critical environmental issues facing marginalized Minnesotans.


  • Moderator: Terri Thao, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
  • Sen. Aric Putnam (14, DFL)
  • Channon Lemon, Intent Energy, LLC
  • Rep. Fue Lee (59A, DFL)
  • Hannah Bernhardt, Medicine Creek Farm
  • James Trice, Public Policy Project and Environmental Justice Coordinating Council
  • Rep. Kristi Pursell (58A, DFL)
  • Sen. Nick Frentz (18, DFL)
  • Robert Blake, Solar Bear
  • Whitney Terrill, Sierra Club


February 10
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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550 Vandalia St, #165
Saint Paul, MN 55114
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