Dayton administration seeks citizen input on environment

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The Dayton Administration is seeking input from the public on the current state of Minnesota's environment, as well as how citizens would like to see environmental policy develop and change.

The Governor's Cabinet is hosting six interactive Citizen Forums held in each region of the state to present Minnesota's Environmental Report Card findings, gather public feedback, and engage in meaningful local conversations about regional economic and environmental issues. 

(Click on link to WTIP North Shore Community Radio below  to hear a recent interview with Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, chair of the Environmental Quality Board (EQB), on this topic.)

All of the input gathered at the Forums will be compiled and presented to the Dayton Administration at the statewide Environmental Congress in March of 2013.  Citizen input will be used to inform the Administration’s vision and to help set their top priorities in an environment and energy blueprint for Minnesota.  Read Governor Dayton’s Executive Order 11-32 to learn more about the origins of the Environmental Congress.  The statewide Environmental Congress will feature State leaders meeting in a one-day summit to review report card findings, discuss public feedback received at citizen forums, and begin planning a blueprint for Minnesota’s environmental future.

Citizen Forum dates and locations:

Rochester – November 27 – Wood Lake Meeting Center [9:30am – 12:00pm]
o Free parking
o Located in the Oak Room.

Bloomington – November 27 – Normandale Community College [6:30pm – 9:00pm]
o Free parking
o Located in the Kopp Student Union.

Duluth – November 28 – Lake Superior College [5:30pm – 8:00pm]
o Free parking
o Located in the Commons W2630 area (across from the Bookstore).

Worthington – December 10 – Worthington High School [3:30pm – 6:00pm]
o Free parking
o Located in the Cafeteria.

St. Cloud – December 12 – Stearns County Service Center [5:30pm – 8:00pm]
o Free parking
o Located in Room 121.

Moorhead – December 14 – Minnesota State University Moorhead [3:00pm – 5:30pm]
o Metered parking in lot closest to building (lot M-5), free parking in lot F-1 near the soccer fields
o Located in the CU Comstock Memorial Union Room 101.

Citizen Forum Structure:

OPEN HOUSE
(30 minutes)
The first half hour will be an open house, an informal time for you to visit Listening Stations around the room, interact with state agency Commissioners and staff, and learn more about Minnesota’s Environment & Energy Report Card.  Everyone can post their answers to key questions and submit more in-depth ideas on postcards.

INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE
(approx. 45 minutes)
The group meeting will then convene.  There will be a brief presentation by state agency Commissioners—highlights of the Minnesota Environment & Energy Report Card—then the audience will register their views on a series of follow up questions.

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION(approx. 1 hour)
After that, you will join a small group of other people from your community, and a facilitator will guide the conversation to determine YOUR priorities and YOUR vision for the future, in the topic areas of air, water, land, energy, and climate.  The facilitator will keep a record of everyone’s comments. 

CLOSING
Summary discussion and closing comments. 

OPEN HOUSE
After the formal part of the meeting concludes, there will be another opportunity to visit the Listening Stations and chat with state leaders. 

The Citizens Forum will continue with an online forum which will be open for follow up comments.
 
The Minnesota Environmental Congress is hosted by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB)

The Environmental Quality Board brings together the Governor’s Office (as chair), five citizens and the heads of nine state agencies that play a vital role in Minnesota’s environment and development. The board develops policy, creates long-range plans and reviews proposed projects that would significantly influence Minnesota’s environment.

More information online at http://mn.gov/EnvironmentalCongress

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