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MN Climate Forum: Conversations with policy & industry leaders


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Where do business and policy intersect in the fight against climate change?

Join sustainability leaders for a day of peer-to-peer sharing of actions and realities in mitigating climate change and adapting for a better future for our environment and public health. Business and non-profit leaders, researchers, sustainability professionals, policy experts, students, and anyone interested in the intersection of public and private efforts to address climate change are invited. Listen and engage with two panels: one with experts from the policy, advocacy, and legal fields and another with Minnesota industry leaders from healthcare, consumer products, and commercial real estate.

Panelists will showcase their specific impact and achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, define the obstacles inherent to their company and industry, and lay out their goals for future, scalable climate action.

Following the panel discussions, stay to reflect on perspectives and strategies and connect with fellow attendees and speakers.

10 - 10:30 am Registration / Check-in
10:30-10:45 am Opening remarks:
Susan Craddock, PhD, Director, Center for Bioethics, Andrew Jameton, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska Medical Center

10:45 am-12:30 Public Sector Panel
Leili Fatehi, JD, Owner and Principal, Apparatus Public Affairs; Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, UMN Law School

James Kelly, M.S., Environmental Surveillance & Assessment, Minnesota Department of Health

J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director, Fresh Energy

Ben Lilliston, Director of Corporate Strategies and Climate Change, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy (IATP)

Moderated by Joel Wu, JD, MPH, MA, Fellow, Clinical Ethics Dept, Children's Minnesota, Senior Lecturer, Senior Fellow, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, UMN

12:30-1:15 pm Lunch
1:15-3 pm Private Sector Panel
Jeff Thompson, MD, Former Chief Executive Officer, Gundersen Health System

Catherine Gunsbury, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, General Mills

Amy Skoczlas Cole, Managing Director, The Water Main, American Public Media; former sustainability vice president for Pentair and eBay

David Bergstrom, CPM, FMA, RPA, Chief Operating Officer, Wellington Management

Moderated by Jennifer Schmidt, Program Director and Lead Scientist, NorthStar Initiative at the Institute on the Environment, UMN

3 -3:15 pm Synopsis and Closing Remarks
3:15 - 4:30 pm Networking

Please email bioethx@umn.edu with any questions