Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mar 20 Achieving Sustainability in Minnesota & the World

Achieving Sustainability in Minnesota and the World: A Science-Policy Dialogue
MN Leaders and International Resource Panel (UNEP) Date: Monday, March 20
Time: 7:30-9 PM CST
Location: Humphrey School, Humphrey Forum, University of Minnesota
 
Achieving Sustainability in Minnesota and the World: 
A Science-Policy Dialogue
 
Leaders from Minnesota and experts from the United Nations Environment International Resource Panel will discuss policies and strategies drawn from different world regions that are effective in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panel will specifically highlight strategies, and identify key challenges and areas where science-policy dialogue is critical to achieving the SDGs with a focus on natural resource management, economy and human wellbeing. The discussions will offer new insights into decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation while enhancing human well-being, including through the lens of state and city sustainability actions to address water, energy, climate, health and wellbeing priorities.

This is a public event co-hosted by the Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the University of Minnesota and the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme, which brings together science policy experts from across the world.
 

Invited Speakers
International:
  • Janez Potocnik, International Resource Panel Co-Chair and former European Commissioner for the Environment.
  • Ricardo Sanchez, Officer in charge, Division of Natural Resources and Infrastructure, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (To be confirmed)
  • Anthony Chung Fun Chiu, Professor, ASEAN Eng FAPIEMS; JM Reyes Professorial Chair and Research Fellow, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines (To be confirmed)
  • Peder Jensen, Head, Secretariat of the International Resource Panel
Minnesota:
  • Chris Coleman, Mayor of St Paul
  • Tannie Eshenaur, MPH, Planning Director, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Melissa Hortman, MN state representative (to be confirmed)
  • Gayle Prest, Minneapolis City Coordinator’s Office of Sustainability (to be confirmed)

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About the Speakers:
International:
 
Janez Potocnik, International Resource Panel Co-Chair and former European Commissioner for the Environment.
Dr. Janez Potocnik is member and Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme and serves as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and a Member of the European Policy Centre’s Advisory Council. From 2004 until 2010 Dr. Potocnik was responsible for Science and Research as a Member of the European Commission. From 2010 to 2014 he took on a second mandate as Member of the European Commission responsible for Environment. 
 
Ricardo Sanchez, Officer in charge, Division of Natural Resources and Infrastructure, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (To be confirmed)
Ricardo J. Sanchez is Acting Director of Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), where he is in charge of topics such as natural resources and energy, emphasizing mining, oil, gas and water resources, besides infrastructure services, maritime and logistics issues, and physical integration. Ricardo is an internationally recognized expert in infrastructure and maritime economics, with special focus in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. 
 
Anthony Chung Fun Chiu, Professor, ASEAN Eng FAPIEMS; JM Reyes Professorial Chair and Research Fellow, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines (To be confirmed)

Peder Jensen, Head, Secretariat of the International Resource Panel

Minnesota:


Chris Coleman, Mayor of St Paul
Chris Coleman took office as Saint Paul’s Mayor in 2006 after several years as a city councilmember, community and neighborhood leader. Immediately, Mayor Coleman set forth initiatives to make Saint Paul the most livable city in America. His priorities include working to close the achievement gap, creating sustainable and responsible budgets, and investing in the infrastructure of Saint Paul.



Tannie Eshenaur, MPH, Planning Director, Minnesota Department of Health
Tannie Eshenaur, Planning Director, Drinking Water Protection, Minnesota Department of Health. Tannie has worked at the Health Department since 2001, where she specializes in risk communication for communities affected by environmental exposures to hazardous substances. Previously, she spent 13 years in Ethiopia, where she provided health education about water and sanitation as part of a village water supply project. 
 

Melissa Hortman, MN state representative (to be confirmed)
Melissa Hortman is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 36B. Hortman serves as House minority leader, chair of the Energy Policy Committee and speaker pro tempore. Melissa has been particularly active in the areas of transportation, K-12 education funding, higher education, and the environment.  
 

Gayle Prest, Minneapolis City Coordinator’s Office of Sustainability (to be confirmed)
Gayle Prest is the Sustainability Director with the City of Minneapolis. She works directly for the City Coordinator and oversees the City’s Sustainability Initiative including the development of environmental policies, regulations, and performance measures with a special emphasis on leading efforts related to climate change and renewable energy. She previously managed the City’s Environmental Regulatory section and worked in the Public Works Department, focusing much of her time on environmental policy and communication issues. 


About the International Resource Panel
 
The International Resource Panel (IRP) was launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2007 to build and share the knowledge needed to improve our use of resources worldwide. The Panel consists of eminent experts on resource management from both developed and developing regions, civil society, industrial and international organizations. The Panel reports on the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic findings around global resource use. They provide advice and connections between policymakers, industry and the community on ways to improve global and local resource management.
 
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