Northfield Area Climate Summit

Jan 18 2014 8:00 am
Jan 18 2014 3:45 pm
St. Olaf - Buntrock Commons

On January 18th, 2014, Meteorologist Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a free community-led information and discussion forum for Northfield area residents, students and business representatives. The Summit will take place at St. Olaf College and is free and open to the public. The Buntock Common's doors at St. Olaf open at 8 a.m.

Paul Douglas’ keynote address entitled  “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend” will kick off the day at 9:30 a.m. followed by a program of informative breakout sessions (participants may choose two) on topics including the science of climate change, the impact of climate change on Minnesota’s economy and natural resources, business perspectives on climate and energy, inter-faith perspectives and responses, climate and flooding, climate, agriculture and land use. Industry perspectives on climate and energy will be offered along with practical action steps for homeowners, students, and large and small businesses.

A detailed program of Summit topics and presenters is posted on the Summit's website at

Panels will be led by distinguished science and/or industry leaders and will be organized to convey information in a clear and accessible way. Panel discussions will include attention to the distinctly local implications of climate change for our region and community and offer practical information and resources to foster ongoing discernment and action. There will be plenty of time for questions and the program will intentionally strive to foster a spirit of comity and openness to the views of all community participants.

In addition to the keynote and panel discussions, a Community Ideas and Action Fair will feature a wide range of exhibits on state and local projects, services and initiatives relating to climate change and sustainable energy practices.

A delicious lunch will be available for purchase on site (a voucher for a free lunch will be provided to the first 150 people to register for the Summit), and participants are also welcome to bring their own lunch to this full day program.

All are welcome. Registration is required – go to

Doors open at 8 a.m. Supervised childcare may become available. Check the website for additional details.

The Northfield Area Summit on Climate Change is organized by a grass roots committee of Northfield area residents including representatives of local civic groups, faith organizations, St Olaf and Carleton College sustainability groups, as well as local high school students, civic leaders, college students and professors.

Additional information including the Summit schedule, online registration form, and information about the Community Action and Idea Fair is available at: or by emailing or the Summit’s event coordinator Alan Anderson at

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