Mar 20 Monday: Achieving Sustainability in Minnesota & the World


DateMonday, March 20
Time7:30-9 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
Minnesota:
  • Chris Coleman, Mayor of St Paul
  • Tannie Eshenaur, MPH, Planning Director, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Melissa Hortman, Minority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives (to be confirmed)
International:
  • Janez Potocnik, International Resource Panel Co-Chair and former European Commissioner for the Environment.
  • Peder Jensen, Head, Secretariat of the International Resource Panel

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About the Speakers:
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, Minority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives (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 and was the former 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.  

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. 

Peder Jensen is the Head of the Secretariat of the International Resource Panel. He came to the Secretariat from the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, where he worked on transport and energy issues, and in management positions related to air pollution and climate change, networking structures, and international collaboration. Most recently he was dealing with a renewal of EEA's scientific committee to ensure the policy relevance of its work.

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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