Richard (Dick) Hemmingsen
Initiative for Renewable Energy & the Environment
Dick Hemmingsen is the managing director of the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, a signature program of the Institute on the Environment. Since IREE's inception in 2003, he has been instrumental in shaping and implementing the mission of “promoting statewide economic development; sustainable, healthy and diverse ecosystems; and national energy security.”
As managing director, he oversees IREE's operational structure, funding processes, partnerships, events, and communications and marketing efforts.
Previously, Hemmingsen served as associate director of government relations for the University of Minnesota. For 16 years, he represented the U of M at the state legislature and assisted with federal advocacy for renewable energy, the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension funding.
In 1984, Hemmingsen began his career at the U of M as an extension agent and county extension director. Prior to that, he worked as an adult farm management instructor; owned and operated a crops and livestock farm; and taught high school vocational agriculture.
Hemmingsen holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural education and a master's degree in adult education from the U of M. In his free time, he's a motorcycle enthusiast and an avid angler.
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