Climate Minnesota:
Owatonna Recap

Tuesday, September 16th, 2015

5:30 pm Resource Fair
6:15 pm Convening
8:45 pm Dessert Reception

Camp Pillsbury
315 S Grove Ave
Owatonna, MN 55060

Watch The Convening:


Thomas Kuntz, Owatonna Mayor


What do you value most about your Owatonna community?



Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota, Climatologist




Regenerative Agriculture Systems: A Local Solution for a Global Issue” (download pdf)

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Main Street Project


“Owatonna Christmas Bird Count: My Eyewitness Account” (download pdf)

Darryl Hill, Audubon Volunteer


“A Community Wide Response to Climate Change” (download pdf)

Mary Jo Cristofaro, Northfield Area Community Solar



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. 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.

Agricultural Solutions in a Changing Climate

Agriculture has always been challenged by weather and climate. However, Climate change is presenting many new challenges to our agricultural systems. Join this conversation and learn about how we can respond to these changes through innovative solutions that aim to reduce carbon emissions while also balancing how to improve bottom lines. Actionable items: Learn about a number of choices that we can make to be part of the solutions from reducing food waste, to conducting climate audits on our farmlands. Presented by the University of Minnesota

Idea Brief: Climate Adaptation and Innovation Development

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.

Owatonna 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 personally engaged in solutions, ranging from home improvements to simple behavior changes. Presented by Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Resources Division and Northfield Community Solar.

Water Solutions: Managing A Critical Resource

Climate change affects more than just temperature; it’s changing how water moves across the globe and right here in Owatonna. Learn about a variety of stormwater programs available through the City of Owatonna and how you can participate in this important solution. Actionable item: Learn about simple and effective changes to managing residential impacts. Presented by Clean H2Owatonna.


Minnesota Department of Commerce

Environmental Quality Board

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, University of Minnesota

Northfield Area Community Solar

Clean H2Owatonna

Audubon Owatonna Chapter

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric

Rice Soil and Water Conservation District

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy



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