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Minnesota Environmental Congress Scheduled for February 3

The Minnesota Environmental Congress takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on February 3, at the Continuing Education and Conference Center at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus.

The Environmental Congress is a unique opportunity to evaluate the state of our environment, revisit our environmental goals and expectations as Minnesotans and set a course for the future.

The event is created by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) which is made up of nine agency heads and five citizen members. In addition to other duties, they provide leadership and coordination across agencies on priority environmental issues that are multi-jurisdictional and multidimensional, as well as provide for opportunities for public access and engagement.

The day-long conference will include sessions on topics ranging from pollinator health and adapting our regulatory tools to climate change and building a water ethic across the state. The agenda is built around the 2017 EQB Energy and Environment Report Card—an environmental status update on our air, land, water, climate and energy. The Report Card will be available in mid-January and at the congress.

The congress is a space for dialogue and collective problem-solving on Minnesota’s toughest environmental issues. Discussions will shine a spotlight on environmental trends and expected outcomes, and will highlight innovative work taking place across Minnesota on behalf of the environment. Participants will explore how we can work together in new and creative ways to take meaningful action.

The goals of the congress are to raise awareness about the state of Minnesota’s environment, engage the public on pressing policy issues and advance mutual learning among a broad cross section of stakeholders, community leaders and state government representatives.

Cost: Free. Location: 1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul. For more information, visit

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