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Climate Minnesota: Burnsville connects community to local climate impacts, solutions

On Tuesday, May 12, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy (formerly the Will Steger Foundation), in partnership with the City of Burnsville and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, will host a public convening on climate change called “Climate Minnesota: Burnsville.”

The event is scheduled for May 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy. It is part of a series of local convening across the state and a larger, two-year public education project by Climate Generation called Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions. The project is intended to raise awareness of local climate change impacts and tangible, community-based solutions.

The Climate Minnesota: Burnsville convening will feature information on the current and future effects of climate change on the Twin Cities Metro area. In addition, the convening will highlight the innovative solutions that community leaders are advancing to address climate change, and the personal stories motivating this action. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the issue in solutions-oriented breakout sessions, where they will join together with others and commit to implementing climate solutions in their community.

Featured guest speakers include:

  • Dr. John Abraham, professor of thermal sciences at the University of St. Thomas,
  • Elizabeth Kautz, mayor of Burnsville,
  • Muhammad Jiwa, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light,
  • Anna Bertch, Nicollet Junior High student, and
  • Andy Holdsworth, head of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Climate Change Adaption Team.

This event is free and open to the public, ALL ages are welcome, and food will be provided. Learn more and RSVP at

Funding for this project comes from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the McKnight Foundation.

Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015 - 12:39