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Carleton, St. Olaf and Northfield Community Come Together for Public Climate Summit

January 4, 2014

Carleton, St. Olaf and the Northfield Community will come together on Saturday, Jan. 18 to present the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a free community-led information and discussion forum for area residents, businesses and institutions. Featuring keynote speaker meteorologist Paul Douglas, the Summit will be held at St. Olaf College in the Buntrock Commons and is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested and can be made here.

Douglas’ keynote address, entitled  “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend,” will kick off the day at 9:30 a.m., followed by a range of informative one-hour breakout discussions (participants may choose two) on topics including:

  • the science of climate change
  • business perspectives on climate and energy
  • the impact of climate change on Minnesota’s economy and natural resources
  • inter-faith perspectives on climate change
  • climate food and land
  • climate, floods and stormwater management, and
  • practical action steps for homeowners, students, and large and small businesses

Breakout sessions will be led by distinguished science and/or industry leaders and will be organized to convey information in a clear and accessible way. Sessions will include plenty of time for questions and open discussion and will strive to foster a spirit of respect and openness to the views of all community participants.  Each panel will pay attention to local implications of climate change and offer practical information and resources to foster ongoing discussion and action.

In addition to the breakout sessions and discussions, a Community Idea and Action Fair will host over 30 informational exhibits on state and local  projects, services and campaigns relating to climate change and sustainable energy practices.

A delicious lunch will be available for purchase on site.  A voucher for a FREE lunch will be provided to the first 150 people to register for the Summit.  Participants are also welcome to bring their own lunch to this full-day program.

All are welcome. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit the registration page.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. A schedule for free shuttles between Carleton and St. Olaf will be posted by January 6.  Supervised child care is in the works – check this website after January 6 for an update.

The Northfield Area Climate Summit is organized by a grass roots committee of Northfield area residents including representatives of local civic groups, faith organizations, St Olaf and Carleton College, local teachers, high school students, civic leaders, college students and professors.

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