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Minnesota Citizens Conference for Climate and Energy Action

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Short Description: 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, 2/21/2007
The Minnesota Citizens Conference for Energy and Climate Action is an inclusive, educational and results-oriented summit being organized by Macalester College and University of Minnesota students, with the intent to establish WeCAN, the World Energy Community Action Network, a coalition of citizens including students, union members, members of faith communities, local businesses, farmers, non-profit groups, and Minnesota residents dedicated to helping their communities with the transition to clean energy and sustainable ways of living.

Location: 

University of Minnesota

Sponsor: 

Macalester College and University of Minnesota students, ReAMP, WeCAN

Cost: 

Free but Preregistration required to be able to receive food

Full Description: 

Minnesota Citizens Conference for Climate and Energy Action by Macalester College and University of Minnesota Students The Minnesota Citizens Conference for Energy and Climate Action is an inclusive, educational and results-oriented summit being organized by Macalester College and University of Minnesota students, with the intent to establish WeCAN, the World Energy Community Action Network, a coalition of citizens including students, union members, members of faith communities, local businesses, farmers, non-profit groups, and Minnesota residents dedicated to helping their communities with the transition to clean energy and sustainable ways of living. This conference is the first step towards expanding our coalition to all reaches of Minnesota and bringing together all levels of ideas and action. The conference will provide a forum for the sharing and exchanging of ideas and for the development of new strategies. Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of background or experience. Participants in the conference will be asked to expand and facilitate, to any extent which they are capable, initiatives in their communities moving towards the goal of energy and climate change solutions and to return to their communities with new plans constructed during the conference. Through discussions, skill based trainings, working-group meetings, and initiatives shared by various groups and individuals the members of this coalition will gain information on new ways to implement changes in their own communities, as well as form connections with others with similar fields of experience across the state. Together we will develop and implement our plan of action, the Minnesota Roadmap to Power Transition. In addition to the primary goal of building our network and fomenting local action, this conference will provide a forum for the expansion and creation of community energy groups, groups of volunteers—both participants in the conference and other community members— from diverse backgrounds that work to implement new energy strategies, efficiency initiatives, and smart design projects within their individual communities. WeCAN will work to form these councils across the state of Minnesota while fostering broader public engagement through the growing web of citizens working to confront global warming and create the transition to a renewable energy society across the state and beyond. The Citizens Conference is planned to take place from 3pm on Friday, February 23 until noon on Sunday, February 25 at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. The conference is free but, please, register only if you are committed to attend and participate in the continuing efforts of the emerging network. If you plan on attending the conference, please register soon! The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 21, 2007. You will be unable to register past this date.