Tuesday, August 15, 2017

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Registration & networking

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Event program

Blandin Foundation
Stender Community Room
100 North Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

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Clean Air Collaborative


Minnesota’s air quality has significant economic and community development impacts. While our state is fortunate enough to have generally good air quality, and we’ve made a lot of progress, more than 75% of emissions come from smaller, more dispersed sources. In other words, vehicles, small businesses, and pollution that comes from daily living such as wood burning have the greatest potential for emissions reductions. 

This half-day event will explore new opportunities for emission reductions and project funding in northern Minnesota. This convening will highlight current and potential regional air quality improvement work beyond regulatory action on large, industrial sources. 

This gathering will:

•  Share information about the economic, health, and environmental impacts of Minnesota’s air
   quality issues, focusing on northern Minnesota
•  Share voluntary strategies and initiatives to reduce air pollution
•  Engage and motivate partners to participate in regional air quality efforts
•  Identify opportunities and priorities for voluntary emission reductions


•  Allison Rajala Ahcan— Communications Director, Blandin Foundation
•  Dave Benke— Prevention and Assistance Division Director, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
​•  Mike Nelson—  Small Business Ombudsman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
•  Mary Lynn Salisbury— President, Fireplace Lifestyles
•  Kris Spenningsby— Supervisor of Retail Accounts, Minnesota Power
•  Brandy Toft— Air Quality Specialist, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

event materials

•  Agenda (PDF) »
•  Presentation (PDF) »


For questions about the program, contact Mikey Weitekamp at 612-584-2827.

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