Climate Minnesota: Bemidji Recap

Tuesday April 14th, 2015
5 pm, Resource Fair
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Convening

Bemidji State University
Beaux Art Ballroom
1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Watch the Convening


The evening’s Agenda Here and guiding presentation here.


Mayor Rita Albrecht



What do you value most about your Bemidji community?




Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota, Climatologist

Seeley Bemidji


Storytelling Panel

Bemidji Storytelling Panel

Leech Lake: A Green Step Tribal Nation  (download ppt)

Brandy Toft, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Air Quality Specialist and Green Team Co-Lead


Using Wildlife Corridors to Facilitate Wildlife Adaptation to Climate Change  (download ppt)

Jordan Morgan, BSU student and McNair and Doris Duke Conservation Scholar


Community Planning for Resilience  (download ppt)

Mayana Rice, Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board – Director



How do you feel about tackling climate change solutions?


Solutions Workshops

Climate Storytelling Workshop

We all have a story to tell. What is your climate story?  Learn how personal stories can build confidence in talking to peers about this seemingly complex issue, and begin to develop your own climate story.  Presented by Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy.

Idea Brief: Climate Adaptation and Innovation

Be a part of innovative initiatives that are community identified and led, and leverage University of Minnesota research, education and outreach. We can help connect your idea for local climate change solutions with U of M people and resources. So, submit your idea today!  Presented by the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.

Food Choices and Climate Change: Small Steps, Big Impact

Learn more about how consumer choices and local foods are connected to climate change, and how the power of personal choice can be an real solution.  Hear about tangible steps that are specific to the Bemidji community. Presented by the Rail River Folk School.

Energy Efficiency & Solar Opportunities [Otter Tail Power and RREAL]

Learn about energy efficiency and solar technologies that are appropriate for your home or business.  We’ll also share about an opportunity available for income eligible homes to install solar furnaces. Presented by Otter Tail Power and the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL).

Nice Ride Bemidji: Solutions to Emissions and Infrastructure

Places where people bike are great places to live and work.  Bemidji is a bike place.  Learn how biking improves our community and offers a solution to carbon emissions and infrastructure.  Presented by Nice Ride Bemidji.



City of Bemidji

Environmental Quality Board/Minnesota Department of Commerce

Green Step Tribal Nation

Harmony Co-op

Headwaters Science Center

Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)

Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society/Young Naturalists

Rail River Folk School

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, University of Minnesota

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)

Students for the Environment

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Funding provided by:


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