CONVENING RECAP

Monday November 2nd

8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am Convening
11:30 am Resource Fair

Holiday Inn
1155 US-10
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

WELCOME

Guy Fischer, Becker County Economic Development Coordinator

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QUESTION

What do you value most about your Detroit Lakes community?

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE DETROIT LAKES COMMUNITY

Mark Seeley, U of M Climatologist

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STORYTELLING PANEL

“Holistic Farming for Healthy Soil” (download pdf)

Kent Solberg, Sustainable Farming Association

“Protecting Coldwater Fish in a Changing Climate” (download pdf)

Peter Jacobson, MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

“‘Tree Rings’ An Unexpected Inspiration for Local Solutions” (download pdf)

Joseph Zeleznik, Extension Forester & Member of Lake Region Community Solar

QUESTION:

How do you feel about tackling climate change solutions?

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SOLUTIONS WORKSHOPS

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.

Detroit Lakes 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.

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 For a Changing Climate

Agricultural cultivation has been a significant contributor to atmospheric carbon and climate change. Learn the basics on sequestering atmospheric carbon to build soil health, and how healthy soil can improve both farm productivity and profitability. Actionable item: Participants will learn about targeted agricultural practices such as field days and how to participate the upcoming Midwest Soil Health Summit. Presented by Sustainable Farming Association.

Local Strategies for Maintaining Resilient Lakes and Rivers

Climate change is and will profoundly affect the fisheries resources in the lakes and streams of Minnesota. Learn how protecting water quality in deep lakes will ensure that coldwater fish can survive in a climate-warmed Minnesota. 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 MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

RESOURCE FAIR

Becker County Environmental Services

Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Environmental Quality Board

Red River Basin Commission

Minnesota Department of Commerce

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Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, University of Minnesota

Sustainable Farming Association

YES! Youth Energy Summit

Funding/partnerships

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Resources:

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