When: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00-8:30 AM CST
Where: Town and Country Club, 300 North Mississippi River Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Cost: $30 Fresh Energy members/Government employees/Students, $45 General admission
Solar is booming in Minnesota and across the country, creating a vital opportunity to plant deep-rooted native grasses around and under ground-mounted solar installations. Though early solar projects were planted with gravel, there is growing recognition that pollinator-friendly solar installations can help birds and butterflies as well as improve our water quality, soil, and crop yields. Join Fresh Energy for a conversation with Jordan Macknick, a national energy-water-land expert at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Clare Lindahl, the CEO of the Soil and Water Conservation Society as we explore how we can make pollinator-friendly solar ‘business as usual’ in Minnesota and accelerate the practice elsewhere.
With a dynamic format, Fresh Energy’s Power Pairings breakfast events are an opportunity to hear two leaders share their expertise and participate in an engaging conversation around key energy issues facing Minnesota.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
JORDAN MACKNICK is the Lead Energy-Water-Land Analyst in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). His primary work addresses the environmental impacts of energy technologies while seeking opportunities for energy and ecological synergies. In his capacity in the Systems Modeling & Geospatial Data Science Group at NREL, he analyzes national and regional implications of different energy pathways in the context of water and land resources. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Environmental Studies from Hamline University and a Master’s of Environmental Science from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.
CLARE LINDAHL is the CEO of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, where she oversees public affairs, program development, governance, and special projects. The Society and its membership have been advancing conservation through advocacy, special projects, a scientific journal, education, and events since 1943. Clare has dedicated her entire career to our natural resources as Executive Director for Conservation Districts of Iowa, Natural Resources Program Manager with River Action, and Coordinator with the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District and Partners of Scott County Watersheds. She holds a degree in landscape architecture from Iowa State.
Stoel Rives LLP
Clean Energy Resource Teams
Friends of the Mississippi River
Great Plains Institute
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Minnesota Farmers Union
Pesticide Action Network
Pollinator Friendly Alliance
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EVENT?
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