Climate Minnesota: Duluth Recap

Monday, May 18, 2015
6:45 pm – 9:15 PM CONVENING
Duluth Depot
506 West Michigan Street,
Duluth, MN 55802

With special guests:
Mark Seeley, Climatologist
Mayor Don Ness


The evening’s Agenda here and guiding presentation here.


Mayor Don Ness


What do you value most about your Duluth community?

Duluth Woordle


Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota, Climatologist

Duluth Mark Seeley


Storytelling Panel

Duluth Storytelling Panel

Tribal Solutions: Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (download pdf)
Shannon Judd, Fond du Lac, Environmental Program Staff


Building Resiliency in the Aftermath of the Duluth Flood (download pdf)
Jesse Schomberg, Interim Director, Minnesota Sea Grant


An Energy Story: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (download pdf)
Boissey Johnson, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Board Member



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.

Duluth Energy Solutions [Ecolibrium3 and Arrowhead MN Interfaith Power & Light]

The City of Duluth is in the running to win $5 million in the National Georgetown University Energy Prize Competition. Learn about this incredible opportunity and the innovative strategies that are currently underway. Actionable item: Home energy audit coupons. Presented by Ecolibrium3 and Arrowhead MN Interfaith Power & Light.

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.

Aquaponics: Reducing the land, water and energy footprint of food production

Agriculture is a big contributor to climate change, and therefore has the potential for big opportunity. University of MN, Duluth’s Victus Farms is a 9,000 square foot aquaponic/hydroponic production facility aimed at demonstrating an economically viable model for food production that requires far less land, energy and water than more conventional approaches. The facility also serves research and educational purposes. Actionable items: Learn about simple methods to grow your own food, sign up to tour Victus Farms, and/or attend an intensive workshop on how to create your own aquaponics/hydroponics system. Presented by Victus Farms.

Water: Local Solutions for Managing A Vital Resource

Climate change affects more than just temperature; it’s changing how water moves across the globe and right here in Duluth. In 2012, we went from the flood of a century in late June, to a drought by the beginning of October. These extremes affect our streams and lakes in a number of ways, but each of us, at our homes, can take steps to help protect the waters that make this place so amazing. Actionable items: Learn about a number of solutions such as Installing rain barrels, rain gardens, and landscaping to reduce runoff. Presented by Minnesota Sea Grant.


Arrowhead MN Interfaith Power & Light

Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)

Duluth Energy Systems


Environmental Quality Board

Hartley Nature Center

Healthy Duluth Area Coalition

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Minnesota Environmental Fund

Minnesota Sea Grant

MN DNR Lake Superior Coastal Program

MN Power

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, University of Minnesota

Sierra Club

Stark Rainwater Harvesting

Victus Farms

YES! Youth Energy Summit

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