WEST METRO CONVENING RECAP
Thursday, November 12th
5:30 pm Resource Fair
6:45 pm Convening
8:45 pm Dessert Reception
Eisenhower Community Center
Hopkins, MN 55305
Mike Rothman, Commissioner of Commerce
What do you value most about your West Metro community?
CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE WEST METRO COMMUNITY
Paul Douglas, MPR Chief Meteorologist
“My Climate Change Story: From Eyewitness to Education Ambassador” (download pdf)
Beckie Alexander, Earth Science Teacher at the Breck School
“The Face of Asthma: A Story of Climate and Health” (download pdf)
Dr. Mike Menzel
“A Young Person’s Pledge for Preserving Our Future” (download pdf)
Berit Brown, Minnetonka High School Senior
How do you feel about tackling climate change solutions?
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.
West Metro Energy Solutions
Reducing emissions that are contributing to climate change begins with understanding how we’re using energy, where our energy comes from and how we personally can get behind smart energy choices. Learn about what you can do to become engaged in solutions, ranging from home improvements to renewable energy choices. Actionable items: Take advantage of local resources such as home energy audits, and solar programs. Presented by Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Resources Division and Great Plains Institute.
When It Rains, It Pours: The Role of Citizens & Communities in Flood Prevention
Climate change leads to problems with too much and too little water. Intense storms cause flash flooding, putting the quality of our water and at risk. Learn how these changes, along with landscape use affect our communities and home landscapes. This workshop will provide participants with ideas and resources for taking action at the individual and community level. Actionable item: Install rain gardens and enroll in the Master Water Stewards Program. Presented Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Staying Resilient: Managing Your Health in a Changing Climate
With elevated temperatures, and altered air quality, precipitation patterns, and extreme weather events, Minnesotans are likely to experience a variety of impacts on our health. Learn how to improve your individual health, while building the resilience of your community. Actionable item: Learn about local nature-based medicine workshops and receive a coupon for $30 off RxArtisans’ Medicine Savvy Review. Presented by RxArtisans.
The Holiday Season is Here! Consumer Choices, Climate & You
An effective way to reduce greenhouse gases is to change our consumption patterns. There is a reason that the mantra is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and not the other way around. Reducing what we consume and reusing and repairing what we have, have much bigger benefits than recycling. In this workshop you will explore how what we value is connected to the consumer choices we make, and learn how you can challenge yourself to change your behavior. Actionable items: Learn about the Master Recycler Program and how to take control of your own consumer habits through simple strategies. As we move into the holiday season, identify how you will make low-carbon choices for gift giving/receiving now and through the next year. Presented by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.