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U of M Environmental Justice Summit

The IonE Undergraduate Leaders invite you to the Community Environmental Justice Expo on Thursday, April 4th, 2024 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Registration is open!  Please register to attend here.  Early registration is encouraged!


The intent of this event is to connect university students with community members and organizations within the greater Twin Cities area focused on environmental justice and climate action. The event is open to the general public and will be hosted in the Mississippi Room of the Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota campus on Thursday, April 4th from 10 am to 2pm. 

Who we are 

The organizing group are a team of community members and students from the University of Minnesota working in collaboration with Project Sweetie Pie, the Institute on the Environment (IonE) Undergraduate Leaders Program, and BF50 Indigenous Health to support the efforts of individuals and organizations within the community to achieve justice in the climate, food, and economics. 


9:30 am: Tabling Organizations Check-In and Set-Up

  • Organizations arrive to set up tables (first come, first serve basis for organizations that pre-registered)
  • Tabling organizations are encouraged to network

10 am:  Summit Begins! 

  • Land Acknowledgement & Welcome: Britt Howell & IonE Cohort
  • Special Guest: Ward 2 Council Member, Robin Wonsley
  • Spoken Word Artist: Brandyn Tulloch

10:30 am – 11:15 am: Panel  on Environmental Justice

11:20 am – 11:40 am: Sina War, Minnesota Farmes Market Association – Conversation around Food Equity

11:45 am – 12:45 pm:  Break out sessions (2 sessions of 25 minutes each)

  • 11:45: Session 1
  • 12:15: Session 2

12:45 pm – 1 pm:  Closing plenary session 

  • Opportunity for Questions
  • Closing notes & Future Opportunities for Involvement

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm: Light Food & Refreshments

  • Community Networking
  • Additional Opportunity to Visit Tabling Organizations 

1:45 pm – 2 pm: Departure

Our goals for this event

We are aiming to improve university relations with the community. Our goal is to provide university students and community members with the space to make connections and initiate relationships that will support the interests of students and the missions of community organizations. We hope that participants will engage in conversations relating to the opportunities available within the greater Twin Cities community to help tackle environmental justice and climate issues.

This is a grassroots event that is being planned by our team from the ground up. We look forward to seeing you there!


The IonE Undergraduate Leaders team would like to thank the Swain Climate Initiative for funding to support this event.

Educational Coordinator


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