MANKATO AREA RECAP
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
5:30 pm Resource Fair
6:15 pm Convening
8:45 pm Dessert Reception
South Central College
1920 Lee Blvd.
North Mankato, MN 56003
City Manager Patrick Hentges
What do you value most about your Mankato community?
CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE MANKATO COMMUNITY (download pdf)
Paul Huttner, Chief Meteorologist, MPR
“Moving Mankato to Zero Waste” (download pdf)
Betty Winkworth, Mankato to Zero Waste
“A young person’s story of education and empowerment” (download pdf)
Grace Brosnan, Mankato West YES! Graduate
“Sustainable Action for Justice: A Spiritual Devotion” (download pdf)
Lisa Coons, Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural MInistry
How do you feel about tackling climate change solutions?
Climate change impacts so many things and affects our communities in so many different ways. To prepare for climate change impacts in the Mankato Area, we must work together to implement strategies to build a more resilient community, reduce future risks and provide benefits to our economy, health and natural resources. Learn how local governments are working together to create a model to assess vulnerability and to plan for adaptations. Actionable item: Learn about what you can do personally to join in this community effort. Presented by the Region Nine Development Commission.
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.
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.
While there isn’t any one solution to climate change there are many small steps available to each of us, such as composting. Composting addresses climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil, reducing reliance on fossil fuel based pesticides and fertilizers, avoiding landfill methane and waste incinerator emissions. Actionable item: Learn what composting is, why it’s important and the particulars of our new household organics drop-off site in Mankato. Presented by Mankato Zero Waste.
Agriculture is one of the most vulnerable industries to climate change, and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies need to be economically efficient and reduce farmer risk. The University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative is developing new winter annual and perennial crops that increase farmer economic returns, and simultaneously improve water quality, increase pollinator habitat, and improve agriculture’s resilience to climate change. Actionable items: Learn about innovative ag solutions and the opportunities that exist for rural communities, that can boost economy and environment. Presented by the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative.