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Intense flooding, higher temperatures, and more extreme storms – Minnesotans are already feeling the effects of our changing climate. As leading climate scientists urge swift and decisive action to safeguard our future, Minnesotans are engaging at all levels to advance leadership on climate change. Join us at the Environmental Congress to learn about innovative work happening across the state and explore ways to apply solutions in your community.

This free, daylong conference will include sessions on community preparedness, innovative practices in agriculture, transitioning to a low-carbon transportation system, protecting our water resources, and more. Participants will lead discussion groups in the afternoon and contribute ideas on how we can work together in new, equitable, and creative ways to take meaningful action. The Congress is a space to harness the energy and hopes of fellow Minnesotans and cooperatively build a healthy future for our communities, wildlife, lands, and waters.


  • Explore leading science on climate change and what it means for Minnesotans
  • Advance mutual learning among community members, state and local leaders, and a broad range of professionals on pressing climate policy issues
  • Highlight innovative work taking place across Minnesota
  • Create opportunities for dialogue and shared understanding
  • Inspire meaningful climate action at the individual, community, and local and state government levels


On Tuesday, December 3, the Environmental Quality Board hosted the 2019 Environmental Congress at Minnesota State University – Mankato with the theme: The Climate for Action is Changing. This free, public event focused on strategies and innovative approaches for building prosperous, equitable, and resilient communities in the face of climate change. The Environmental Quality Board is thankful to the many partners and participants who helped make this event successful.

Learn more about this event: 

Plenary video

Leadership Forum video