Metro CERT Annual Event

October 1, 2020 | 4:30-6:30pm



Join Metro CERT for a focused conversation about the rebuild efforts across the Twin Cities in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. 

We will hear from community members—including Ruhel Islam, owner of Gandhi Mahal restaurant, a business owner with a history of clean energy improvements—about their efforts and needs, and about the ways state and local entities can and are providing resources related to clean energy and resilience. See the full agenda below!


We have a blank canvas now. We're going to draw our picture. We want to draw our dream. What is that dream? Turn it into a completely LEED-certified, sustainable building. Our vision is to come strong with collaboration. So next building—next building, we'll do it together.

Ruhel Islam, owner of Gandhi Mahal and Curry in a Hurry restaurants

Metro CERT Annual Event Agenda

Diana McKeown, Great Plains Institute - Welcome, introductions, and context setting
Ruhel Islam, Gandhi Mahal - Efforts and needs around rebuilding green with clean energy and resilience
Matt Kazinka, Lake Street Council - Recovery grants and clean energy opportunities along the 2,000 business corridor
Panel of resource organizations featuring Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy, and Energy Smart
Alicia Belton, Urban Design Perspectives - Educating young women of color from North Minneapolis about reducing carbon
Kristel Porter, MN Renewable NOW - Youth clean energy training and Solstar effort to help North Minneapolis residents go solar
Wrap up and what you can do

See recent stories about Gandhi Mahal from Star Tribune, New York Times, and KARE 11.


About Metro CERT: Directed by the Great Plains Institute (GPI), Metro CERT empowers communities and their members to adopt energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and practices for their homes, businesses, and local institutions.



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