EVENT DETAILS 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and light breakfast 

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Event program
 
TIES Conference Center
1644 Larpenteur Avenue West
Falcon Heights, MN 55113 

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POLICY FORUM SERIES: THE CHANGING FEDERAL-STATE RELATIONSHIP & MINNESOTA’S ENVIRONMENT  

ABOUT THE PROGRAM  

The federal budget has been presented to Congress, and Minnesota’s extended legislative session is wrapping up. 

Based on federal priorities, Minnesota’s environmental community will have to navigate significant changes to policy and funding. As changes become more apparent, environmental stakeholders will need to determine options and lay out guidance for action at home. This forum will not only answer questions on how state leaders are thinking about environmental priorities post-session, but also the limits and power of the federal executive branch. 

With a special focus on energy, climate, and regulatory policies, participants explored the practical relationship between Minnesota and the Federal Government in the coming years regarding environmental oversight and implementation. Attendees walked away with the most current information on the federal-state relationship, what to expect, and how to act. 

This forum explored the following questions:

  • What executive, policy, and philosophical changes at the federal level should Minnesota’s environmental and regulatory community be aware of?
  • What agency funding changes are happening related to energy and climate? What is some guidance on how to adjust?
  • How will the relationship between Minnesota and the federal government change in the coming years regarding environmental oversight, regulation, and implementation? 
  • What are Minnesota stakeholders’ priorities and options for action?
  • What can we do in Minnesota to influence decisions and mitigate impacts?

 

Speakers

  • Jon Bloomberg, Attorney— Environmental Law Group Ltd.
  • Levi Brown, Environmental Land Director— Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Dr. Gabriel Chan, Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy— Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Elizabeth Dunbar, Reporter— Minnesota Public Radio 
  • Michelle Gransee, Manager of Clean Energy & Programs— Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Kathryn Hoffman, Executive Director— Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
  • Nick Martin, Manager, Environmental Policy— Xcel Energy
  • LeRoy C. Paddock, Associate Dean for Environmental Studies; Professorial Lecturer in Law—  The George Washington University Law School
  • John Linc Stine, Commissioner— Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Joshua Straka, District Director— Office of Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04)
  • Jeff Genzer, Counsel— National Association of State Energy Officials