CLEAN Teleconference Call May 10, 2016

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Climate Minnesota: Lessons Learned from a Statewide Public Engagement Project

Over the last year Climate Generation has visited 12 communities throughout the state of Minnesota through our Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions Convenings. We have heard how climate change is impacting our economy, our tourism, our seasons and our way of life. We have also heard stories of community members working towards solutions and connected with organizations, utilities and businesses that can offer specific, tangible solutions. Hear lessons learned and next steps and engage in a discussion on community engagement on climate change.

Kristen Poppleton directs the Climate Generation education program. In her role she collaborates with local, national and international partners on curriculum development, professional development for educators, public engagement and other resources focused on climate literacy. She has directed and implemented two state grant funded education projects focused on Minnesota's Changing Climate. She regularly writes interdisciplinary climate change curricula for Grades 3-12 educators; develops, coordinates and implements professional development institutes for educators; manages volunteers, interns and project staff; and maintains a regular blog focused on climate education resources and ideas. Kristen actively presents at educator conferences and is a member of the CLEAN Network, an informal group engaged in fostering Climate Literacy in the U.S. and abroad since 2010. She recently led a delegation of 10 educators to COP21 to observe the world climate talks and connect them back to classrooms. Kristen's formal education includes an MEd in environmental education, and an MS in conservation biology with a focus on climate change education, from the University of Minnesota.

Education Coordinator, Jothsna Harris' primary role is to lead planning and implementation efforts for Climate Generation's public education project, Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions. Jothsna has helped to create a neutral balance in bringing the issue of climate change to communities across Minnesota, building community resiliency and capacity through multi-stakeholder alliances, and connecting people through the power of storytelling. Jothsna's forte in diplomatic persuasion, strategic problem solving, and individualized coaching has been essential in preparing local communities in each of Climate Minnesota's 12 Convening locations. Jothsna currently serves on the Social Change Fund Grants Committee for the Headwaters Foundation for Justice and the Executive Board for the Minnesota Green Schools Coalition through the USGBC MN Chapter. Jothsna holds dual BA's in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Saint Thomas and is currently working towards a Master of Liberal Studies degree in Innovation and Sustainability at the University of Minnesota.

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