This second environment commission conference was again a result of work by a steering committee made up of commission members mostly from around the metro region and one Greater Minnesota representative, and was supported by co-sponsoring organizations that provided resources to help the commissioners realize their vision for the event.
The goal again this year was to create an event organized by and for an audience of environmental commission members, so commission members on the steering committee created an agenda that was well-tailored to environmental commission interests. The steering committee members were:
- Kimberly Byrd (Mahtomedi)
- Katie Christiansen (St. Louis Park)
- Rebecca Holmlund (Coon Rapids)
- Richard Huelskamp (Red Wing)
- Carolyn Jackson (Edina)
- Laura Moore (Ramsey)
- Ted Redmond (Maplewood)
- Tim Sandry (Bloomington)
- Katie Schroeer (Northfield)
- Lori Tritz (Eden Prairie)
For the second year, Tim Sandry, the chair of the Bloomington Sustainability Commission, spearheaded the whole effort along with the co-sponsoring organizations including: The Alliance for Sustainability, Conservation Minnesota, Great Plains Institute, Metro CERT, and the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program.
Again, there is strong interest in having another gathering next year and the Metro region of the statewide Clean Energy Resource Teams at the Great Plains Institute plans to be part of the planning and execution again and to support the clean energy work of the commissions in the mean time on the topic of clean energy. We are happy to help communities reach their energy goals!