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The Central Minnesota Chapter of The Climate Reality Project

Representing Minnesota and surrounding areas

A diverse group of passionate individuals who’ve come together to solve the greatest challenge of our time - Climate Change.

We are activists, cultural leaders, organizers, scientists, storytellers and students committed to building a sustainable future together.

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July Chapter Zoom Meeting
Thursday July 11th, 2024 6:30pm-7:30pm 
Speaker: Paige NovakDepartment Head of Environmental Engineering
University of Minnesota
Topic: Water, Wastewater, Energy and Climate Change

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About the Speaker: Paige Novak is a Department Head and the Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Chair in Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Novak’s area of interest is the biological transformation of hazardous substances in sediment, groundwater, and wastewater, resource recovery, and particularly how engineers can influence these processes. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering.

Paige was an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow in 2009 and has been the recipient of several awards, including the Sara Evans Woman Scholar/Leader Award in 2013, the Bill

Boyle Educator of the Year Award in 2013, the Samuel Arnold Greeley Award in 2011, and the Paul L. Busch Award in 2007. She was named Fellow of the Water Environment Federation in 2016 and of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors in 2019. From 2013 to 2019 Novak served on the National Research Council’s Standing Committee on Chemical Demilitarization. She recently finished her term as the Editor in Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology.

Update to October Leadership Training 

Posted Jun 9 2024

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Train with former US Vice President Al Gore and join a community of change-makers working for just climate solutions worldwide.

Instead of the planned in-person training in Detroit, this training will be online, meaning that there will be no cost to attend, no hotel stays, no airplane flights, and room for many participants.

 

This will be the final leadership training this year. To receive details as they are released, sign-up at:  https://www.climaterealityproject.org/us-virtual

Posted Jun 9 2024

2024 MN State Fair Tabling!

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We're tabling again at the MN State Fair's Eco Experience with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society!

Click here for more info!

Summer and Fall Events

Posted July 1,  2024

Check out the PDF for the current events happening now through September (Updated continuously)

Past Events

MnCIFA

Posted Jun 4 2024

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The Minnesota Climate Finance Authority (MnCIFA) was established “To accelerate the deployment of clean energy projects, greenhouse gas emissions reductions projects and other qualified projects through the strategic deployment of public funds in the form of grants, loans, credit enhancements and other financing mechanisms…”

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En-Roads Update

Posted Feb 3 2024

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"En-ROADS is a global climate simulator that allows users to explore the impact that dozens of policies have on factors like energy prices, temperature, air quality, and sea level rise.

Bill Middlecamp of the chapter presentation team gave us an update on the latest development with the En-Roads program:

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Decarbonizing Buildings

Posted Nov 22 2023

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The Inflation Reduction Act includes several updates to existing policies that improve the project economics for geothermal. This presentation outlines one new technology from Darcy Solutions, groundwater based geothermal, and why it is a fit for dense urban settings

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Green Ammonia and Hydrogen

Posted Nov 4 2023

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Nitrogen fertilizer production is primarily produced from fossil gas and is extremely carbon intensive.  Most of our fertilizer comes from the Gulf Coast. Minnesota could use green hydrogen from wind and solar to produce the fertilizer locally.

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Solutions

Solutions that are scalable, reliable and proven are the key to fighting climate change - we need both policy and ingenuity to solve the issues of a warming world.

 

The proposed solutions below lead us in the right direction, and provide hope that we can win the fight against global warming.

Regenerative Agriculture

 

Biochar

Community Solar

Decarbonizing Aviation - Synthetic Fuels

Revisiting Nuclear Power

The Future of Nuclear Power in an Evolving Energy World

Solutionary Rail

Members

Home Electrification Journeys

Posted Mar 12 2024

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Tim Nolan shares the overview of his new total electric home.

Click here for more info and a detailed look at the process, and check back for further updates from other members.

IRA Tax Credits and Rebates

Updated June 12, 2024

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The Inflation Reduction Act provides tax credits that are currently available to households, as well as upcoming rebates totaling as much as $14,000 per household.

This is free money from the federal government to help modernize your own home and vehicle and reduce carbon use.

Click here for more information, or select "Incentives" under the Learn menu.

Climate Image Archive

Updated Feb 18 2023

We've been working on a new Climate Image Archive to use in presentations and other materials, and the archive is now live! The images are free to use and distribute with any climate presentation.

We have created two separate collections of high quality climate photos at Unsplash and Pixabay.

Photo by Raychel Tanner from Unsplash

There are concrete steps that we can take to both prepare for a warming world and fight against the sources of that increasing warmth. Check out these presentations from chapter members that highlight the specific ways you can make a difference.

25% by '25 Climate Action Plan Update (2023)

with Mary Britton

 

Beyond Recycling and Composting

with Kellie Kish

 

Heat Pump Basics

with Isaac Evans

Home Heating Analysis

with Bill Middlecamp

 

Home Natural Gas Reduction

with Mary Britton

 

Sustainable Fashion

with Wendi Russo

We Need You!

We need your help to provide content and fight climate change! Submit your ideas for presentations, news, information or other relevant topics to info@climaterealitymsp.com

We also need your assistance in presenting topics to the chapter. Signup for a short talk and demonstrate your passion in fighting for the future of the planet.

Science

Planetary Dashboard

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This is the current concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A principle cause of global warming since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, this reduces the ability of the Earth to radiate generated head into space, trapping more of the heat and leading to increased surface and ocean temperatures.

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