City Sustainability and Resiliency Planning in Southeast Minnesota

August 19, 2020 | 9-10:45am
Southeast CERT & GreenStep Cities
Event Description

Local government staff and sustainability commission members are invited to hear the cities of Faribault, Northfield, Red Wing, and Rochester share their lessons learned. City staff from each of these cities will join us for a panel discussion about their recent work with comprehensive, energy, and climate planning. Panelists will take questions. The last 45 minutes will be reserved for small group discussions and networking with the panelists.

To learn more about these cities' work, read this recent blog post



  • 9:00 - Welcome: Lissa Pawlisch and Kristin Mroz
  • 9:07 - Introduction of presenters
  • 9:15 - Panel presents on incorporating sustainability and resiliency in their recent planning:
    • David Wanberg, Faribault City Planner
    • Melissa Baartman, Red Wing Community and Economic Development Coordinator
    • Kevin Bright, Sustainability Director for Destination Medical Center and the City of Rochester
    • Beth Kallestad, Program Coordinator for the City of Northfield
  • 9:45 - Q & A
  • 9:55 - Break
  • 10:00 - Small Group Discussion #1:
    • How to achieve culture change and/or educate about sustainability (David Wanberg)
    • The role of equity in sustainability and resiliency planning (Kevin 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 GreenStep helped with sustainability planning and how could it be more helpful (Kristin Mroz)
  • 10:15 - Small Group Discussion #2 (switch groups; same topics as above)
  • 10:30 - Report back on small group discussions
  • 10:40 - Closing & Next Steps
  • 10:45 - Adjourn