Climate Minnesota Burnsville Recap

Tuesday May 12th, 2015
5:30 pm, Resource Fair
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Convening
Diamondhead Education Center
200 West Burnsville Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337

Watch the Convening

View the evening’s guiding presentation here.


Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz


What do you value most about your Burnsville community?


Climate Change and the Burnsville Community  (download PDF)

Dr. John Abraham, University of St. Thomas


Storytelling Panel

“It’s Up to Us”: Youth as a Solution  (watch video
Anna Bertch, 9th grade student, Nicollet Jr. High, Burnsville


Climate Adaptation: An Interagency Strategy  (download pdf)
Andy Holdsworth, Department of Natural Resources,Climate Adaptation Team


Environmental Stewardship and the Islamic Faith Community  (download pdf)
Muhammad Jiwa, U of M Student and MN Interfaith Power & Light Community Organizer



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.

Energy Solutions

Learn about energy efficiency opportunities for your home or business and the simple actions you can take to use energy more wisely. Actionable item: Sign up for A/C tuneups, home energy audits, and learn about lighting rebates. Presented by Dakota Electric Association.

Environmental Impact of Choosing Locally Grown Food

Eating locally grown food is a way for consumers to fight climate change. Learn more about how organic practices can be a solution. The discussion will include how members of the Burnsville community are supporting local and organic food through conscientious purchases. Actionable item: Coupons for Valley Natural Foods, and Reusable Grocery Bags. Presented by Valley Natural Foods.

Food Waste and Composting

There is a tremendous amount of energy wasted in the production, harvest, transportation, and packaging of food. Learn how you can take simple steps as a consumer to reduce food waste, and help the environment while saving money. Hear from local experts on best practices for composting and how to create a soil amendment that helps to capture carbon. Actionable item: Dakota County compost bin program and enter to win a compost bin. Presented by MPCA and Dakota Valley Recycling.

Native Plantings for a Resilient Landscape

The design and implementation of native plantings is a key facet to the creation of a sustainable and resilient urban landscape. Learn about how native plantings drastically reduce the volume of runoff and pollution that would otherwise be treated as a waste material. Learn about strategies that infiltrate rain into the ground on site and replenish our groundwater supplies. Actionable item: sign up for on-site consultations and/ or an upcoming rain garden workshops, and learn how to become eligible for a Dakota County cost share grant. Presented by Metro Blooms.


191 Community Ed 

Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) Lending Center

Dakota Electric Association

Dakota Valley Recycling

Environmental Quality Board

Lakeville Friends of the Environment

Metro Blooms

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Minnesota GreenCorps

One91 District Environmental Committee

USGBC-Minnesota | MN Green Schools Coalition

Valley Natural Foods

Minnesota Environmental Fund

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