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Environmental Justice Summit: Breaking Down Silos, Building a Greener Future

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


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Purpose of the event:

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. 

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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.

Tentative Schedule:

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

  • Welcome by UMN IonE Students
  • Tabling organizations are encouraged to network

10 am:  Event opens for general public

  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Spoken Word Artist
  • Guest Speaker

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

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

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

  • Networking
  • Additional opportunity to visit tabling organizations

1:45 pm: Departure

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!


April 4
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Mississippi Room – Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN United States
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