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Our Climate Futures: Meeting the Challenge in Duluth
Minnesota Ag Connection - 03/14/2019

Climate Futures is a free conference focused on local and regional adaptation to climate change in Northern Minnesota. Jesse M. Keenan will present the keynote address. Panel discussions with representatives from academia, government, and businesses. Audience participation is encouraged and Q&A events will be featured.

Keenan is a social scientist and a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Keenan's principle research focus is on climate change adaptation and the built environment, including aspects of design, engineering, financing and planning. Keenan's presentation will be: Destination Duluth: The Fact and Fiction of a Shared Climate Future.

Keenan holds concurrent appointments as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, research advisor to California's governor and as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Keenan's research has partnered with a variety of global actors, including The American Institute of Architects, Audi, Carnegie Corporation, EPA, Goldman Sachs, Google, International Code Council, Knight Foundation, MoMA, Mori Memorial Foundation, Lennar Foundation, NASA, National Security Council, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Regional Plan Association, RAND Corporation, the White House and the United Nations. Keenan's books include Blue Dunes: Climate Change by Design (Columbia University Press), Climate Change Adaptation in North America: Experiences, Case Studies and Best Practices (Springer) and Climate Adaptation Finance and Investment in California (Routledge). Keenan holds degrees in the law (J.D., LL.M.) and science of the built environment (M.Sc.), including a Ph.D. from the Delft University of Technology.

Keenan's presentation is at 7 p.m. March 20 in the Marshall Performing Arts Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth. It will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Emily Larson (City of Duluth Mayor), Karen Diver (College of St. Scholastica and a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Al Rudeck (Allete Clean Energy), with Andrea Schokker (UMD) as moderator.

For free tickets to the keynote event see or contact the MPAC box office at 218-726-8561

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