The IonE Annual Meeting

Institute on the Environment 2017 Annual Meeting

Friday, September 29 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join us at the Science Museum for our first IonE annual meeting! This new one-day event will bring together our community for a lively discussion about how we can work together even more effectively toward a just and environmentally sound world.

Our inaugural meeting theme is bridging societal divides. In the world today, progress on environmental issues is hindered by growing economic and political division. How do we build a sustainable future that engenders support across divides? What topics need to be addressed and matter the most across those divisions? This broad challenge will serve as a lens for the day.

If you’re wondering if this meeting is really for you, the answer is yes! The meeting is for everyone associated with IonE. You are also welcome to bring a post-doc, student or colleague who you want to introduce to IonE. As we say at IonE: It’s not alone, but together that we create the future.

Let us know you’re coming – and make sure you’re in the loop. As the meeting approaches, we will share more information about discussion groups, background readings, and a message board for pre- and post-meeting conversation.

Provisional Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration, coffee, and light breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Director’s State of the Institute address

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. – Lightning talks by IonE administrative staff | Better understand the core functions and resources IonE has to offer.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Resource and program bazaar | Learn about the various activities based at and supported by IonE.

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. – Panel discussion with IonE Fellows Jerry Lynch (Chief Sustainability Officer, General Mills), Raj Rajan (RD&E Vice President, Ecolab) and Ken Smith (President and CEO, Ever-Green Energy). Moderator Jennifer Schmitt (NorthStar Initiative, IonE). | Pressing sustainability issues from a global business perspective. Observations will launch break-out discussions.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch with guest speaker Elizabeth Dunbar, Environment Reporter, Minnesota Public Radio

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Break-out discussions | An opportunity to discuss what topics sustainability research and education the U should address – and how we should go about it.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Closing, including remarks from synthesis committee chair Kate Brauman (Global Water Initiative, IonE)

3:30 onwardInformal networking with colleagues in downtown St. Paul!


Location & Transportation

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102

The Science Museum is located on Kellogg Boulevard, across from the Xcel Energy Center and RiverCentre, in downtown Saint Paul. Numerous public transit routes will bring you to the museum. Plan your route with MetroTransit’s Trip Planner.

Carpooling? The Science Museum’s parking ramp is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and accepts all major credit cards. Download a PDF of directions.

Heartfelt thanks to our planning committee: Gerald Aulandez, Pat Hamilton, Mary Hannemann, Kimberly Long, Deepak Ray, Fred Rose, Shashi Shekhar, and Jennifer Thissen!