BRAINERD CONVENING RECAP
Monday November 2nd
5:30 pm Resource Fair
6:45 pm Convening
8:45 pm Dessert Reception
Central Lakes College
501 W College Dr.
Brainerd, MN 56401
Dr. Larry Lundblad, Central Lakes College President
What do you value most about your Brainerd community?
CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE BRAINERD COMMUNITY
Mark Seeley, U of M Climatologist
“From Energy Assistance to Solar Assistance” (download pdf)
Jason Edens, Director, RREAL (Rural Renewable Energy Alliance)
“Farming with an Adaptable Mind” (download pdf)
Arlene Jones, SPROUT Food Hub and Farm on St. Mathias
“Maintaining Resilient Lakes and Rivers” (download pdf)
Mike Duval, MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
How do you feel about tackling climate change solutions?
Climate Storytelling Workshops
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. Actionable item: Begin to develop your own climate story and learn about how the power of story can paint a compelling picture of how this issue is intertwined with our lives and why we should care. Presented by Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy.
Brainerd Area Energy Solutions
Reducing emissions that are contributing to climate change begins with understanding how we’re using energy, where our energy comes and how we personally can get behind smart energy choices. Actionable item: Learn about what you can do to become engaged in solutions, ranging from home improvements to simple behavior changes. Presented by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Resources Division and RREAL ( Rural Renewable Energy Alliance)
You & the U: Cultivating Ideas for Climate Adaptation
Bring your innovative community-based ideas and we’ll discuss ways to leverage the University of Minnesota. Actionable item: submit your project idea and connect with U of M research, education and outreach resources. Presented by the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.
Soil Health & Sustainable Farming Solutions
Agricultural cultivation has been a significant contributor to atmospheric carbon and climate change. Yet, agriculture also has the potential to help reverse climate change through farming methods that build healthy soil and sequester carbon. Actionable item: Learn about how we can respond through innovative solutions that aim to reduce carbon emissions while also balancing how to improve bottom lines. Presented by Happy Dancing Turtle & the Sustainable Farming Association.
Local Strategies for Maintaining Resilient Lakes and Rivers
Maintaining healthy, vegetated landscapes and conserving our human consumption of water are critical to ensuring the future resilience of our lakes and rivers. Actionable item: Learn about actions that citizens can take, such as water quality monitoring and land stewardship, to meaningfully reduce our individual impacts that compound the effects of climate change. Presented by the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR).