Friday, April 23, 2021

Urban Trees for a Changing Climate

In this webinar, presented live on April 19, 2021, we learned about the impacts of climate change on urban canopies and which tree species might be best suited.


Agenda
9:00: Welcome & Introduction
9:05​-9:20: Random Networking (removed from video recording)
9:20​-9:40​ - Emma Schultz, Community Forest Project Specialist, DNR
9:40​-10:00​ - Leslie Brandt, Climate Change Specialist, USDA Forestry Service
10:00​-10:15​ - Q&A
10:15​-10:25​ - Jen Kullgren, Urban Forester, Hennepin County
10:25​-10:35​ - Jeff Habermen, City Forester, City of Rochester
10:35​-10:45​ - Mary Groeninger, Friends of Trees of Ely
10:45​-11:00​ - Q&A
11:00​ - conclusion

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

February 17 - Healthy from the Ground Up: Strategies for Maintaining Soil Health

In this webinar, organized and co-hosted with Izaak Walton League, presented live on February 17, 2021, we learned about the science behind and strategies for protecting and restoring soil health.


Agenda
9:00: Welcome & Introduction
9:05-9:25: Random Networking : Think about it: Is soil a renewable resource?
9:25-9:50: Importance of Native Plants - Marilynn Torkelson, Prairie Edge Chapter President, Wild Ones
9:50-10:30 - Soil Science - Anna Cates, State Soil Health Specialist, Minnesota Office for Soil Health, UofM
10:30-10:45 - Soil Management - Gregg Thompson, City of Eagan
10:45-10:55 - Soil Health Education - Christine Petersen, City of Minnetonka
11:00 - Conclusion

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

December 2020 - Construction, Demolition, and Building Material Reuse

In this webinar, organized and co-hosted with Rethos, presented live on December 16, 2020, we learned about reusing building materials from construction and demolition.

Agenda
9:00: Welcome & Introduction
9:05-9:25: Random Networking : SHOW & TELL - Share an example of a reuse/repair/repurposing project you have completed at home. Bonus points for pictures or real-time show and tell.
9:25-9:40: Sustainable Building Work Group - Erin Hanafin Berg, Rethos
9:40-10:00 - Master Recycler and Deconstruction Advocate - Shari Hansen, Sunfish Lake
10:00-10:20 - Counties Lead with Policy and Funding - Olivia Cashman, Hennepin County
10:20-10:40 - Deconstruction Initiatives Take Off - Emily Barker, St. Louis Park
10:40-10:50 - Why Old is Green and Rethos programs - Erin Hanafin Berg, Rethos
10:50-11:00 - Q&A
11:00 - Conclusion

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

November 2020 - Strategies & Approaches to Reduce Energy Burden

In this webinar, organized and co-hosted with Clean Energy Resource Teams and the Great Plains Institute, presented live on November 18, 2020, we learned about the strategies and approaches for reducing energy burdens on community members. 

Agenda

9:00 Welcome and Topic Introduction
9:10 Context Setting, Lissa Pawlisch, Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
9:20 Solar Access and Data, Jessi Wyatt, Great Plains Institute
9:30 Reflection and Discussion
9:40 Topic presentations:

10:20 Breakout Discussion
11:00 Close 


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  • Additional resources and links
  • Minnesota 2019 Home Energy Affordability Gap and additional detail (Fisher, Sheehan, & Colton)
  • Minnesota's Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program (MN Dept. of Commerce)


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    Friday, October 23, 2020

    October 2020 - Creating cultural and behavior shifts in sustainability

    In this webinar, organized and co-hosted with GreenStep Schools, presented live on October 21, 2020, we learned about the science & strategies for creating cultural & behavioral shifts towards sustainability.

    Agenda

    9:00: Welcome
    9:05-9:15: Random Networking
    9:15-9:40: Behavior Change Programs – Alexis Troschinetz, Clean Energy Resource Teams
    9:40-10:10: Psychology of Sustainability – Dr. Elise L. Amel, University of St. Thomas; Co-Author, Psychology for Sustainability
    10:10-10:25: City Examples 

    10:25-10:45: Breakout Sessions

    • Green Teams (internal, joint, or external)
    • Sustainable campaigns and outreach (to citizens and businesses)
    • Empowering sustainable behavior among city or school staff

    10:45-11:00: Closing 


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    Monday, September 21, 2020

    September 2020 - Safe Routes to Schools in the Time of COVID

    In this webinar, organized and co-hosted with GreenStep Schools and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, presented live on September 17, we learned about the Safe Routes to School program and considerations for cities and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    • Should a school drop-off zone be re-designed to spread out traffic and students?
    • How can the city or school promote outdoor walking or biking to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus?
    • Are there training tools for crossing guards and school staff?
    • Are your sidewalks and crossings safe for students?
    • Can you still promote outdoor healthy-living activities when students are learning virtually?

    Agenda:

    9:00-9:20 Introductions

    9:20-9:40 Safe Routes to School overview and resources, Kelly Corbin – Safe Routes to School Coordinator, MnDOT

    9:40-9:50 Q&A

    9:50-10:15 SRTS considerations for city and school planners during the COVID pandemic, Kelly Corbin – Safe Routes to School Coordinator, MnDOT

    10:15-10:30 Q&A

    10:30-10:45 Richfield Public Schools, Will Wlizlo - Safe Routes to School Coordinator

    10:45-11:00 Discussion and Close

    Co-hosted by GreenStep Cities, GreenStep Schools, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation

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    Wednesday, August 26, 2020

    August 2020 GreenStep Cities Workshop Archive: Sustainability Planning in Southeast Communities

     In this webinar, organized and co-hosted with Clean Energy Resource Teams, presented live on August 8, you can learn about how four cities in SE Minnesota have tackled sustainability and resilience planning through comprehensive plans, energy action plans, community engagement, and more. 


    Agenda:

    ·      David Wanberg, Faribault City Planner

    ·      Melissa Baartman, Red Wing Community and Economic Development Coordinator

    ·      Beth Kallestad, Program Coordinator for the City of Northfield 

    ·      Kevin Bright, Sustainability Director for Destination Medical Center and the City of Rochester  

    Small Group Discussions on: 

    ·       How to achieve culture change and/or educate about sustainability (David Wanberg)

    ·       The role of equity in sustainability and resiliency planning (Keving Bright)

    ·       The importance of a green team or environmental commission in planning (CERTs staff)

    ·       Why and how to develop a climate action plan (Melissa Baartman)

    ·       Which is better a short or long-term climate action plan (Beth Kallestad)

    ·       How has GSC helped with sustainability planning and how could it be more helpful (Kristin Mroz)


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    Faribault


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