Minnesota Environmental Congress:
What is it? How does it Relate to You?
Nine state agencies, environmental policy experts, business leaders, local governments, and a diverse group of citizen leaders are working together to:
- Assess Minnesota’s progress toward improving and sustaining clean air, clean water, and clean energy in our communities
- Engage Minnesotans in constructive public dialogue about our state’s environmental and economic health
- Identify environmental challenges and opportunities to improve and sustain the health of Minnesota’s natural resources and quality of life
- Define a vision, and recommend specific policy changes to learn from our past, build on our strengths, and leave a legacy for future generations of Minnesotans
Minnesota law directs the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to host an annual Environmental Congress on issues important to our state.
Toward that end, the governor’s Cabinet (Commissioners of Agriculture, Commerce, Health, EQB Chair, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Employment and Economic Development and Administration) are hosting citizen forums on the following dates and locations:
- November 27 – Rochester, Wood Lake Meeting Center [9:30am – 12:00pm]
- November 27 – Bloomington, Normandale Community College [6:30pm – 9:00pm]
- November 28 – Duluth, Lake Superior College [5:30pm – 8:00pm]
- December 10 – Worthington, Worthington High School [3:30pm – 6:00pm]
- December 12 – St. Cloud, Stearns County Service Center [5:30pm – 8:00pm]
- December 14 – Moorhead, Minnesota State University [3:00pm – 5:30pm]
A Statewide Environmental Congress event will be held in March and will gather state leaders for a one-day summit to discuss public feedback received at these six regional Citizen Forums and begin planning a blueprint for Minnesota’s environmental and economic future.