Adapting to Climate Change and Building Resilient Minnesota Communities

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wellstone Center - Saint Paul

Climate change is a global problem, but its impacts are very real for the people of Minnesota. From hotter summers,  and more frequent flooding, to worsening air quality and increased road repair costs, the local impacts of climate change are becoming a serious challenge for cities and towns across Minnesota.

So, what are local governments in Minnesota doing to prepare for the effects of climate change on public health, infrastructure and the environment?  And what is the state doing to assist communities in this effort?

Please join the Women’s Environmental Network for a lively discussion of these issues with two experts on climate adaption and public policy in Minnesota. Paul Moss with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will address the state’s climate change adaptation strategy and its efforts to help cities and communities around Minnesota adapt to the effects of climate change. Shannon Pinc from the City of St. Louis Park Park will talk about the City’s work to prepare its residents for extreme weather and policies that are being developed to mitigate further impacts of climate change.


5:30 – 6:00 pm Registration

6:00 – 6:30 pm Light Snacks and Networking

6:30 – 7:30 pm Speaker Presentations

7:30 – 8:00 pm Q&A and Discussion


Paul Moss, Climate Adaptation Coordinator at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Paul photo 2014Paul Moss coordinates the Minnesota Interagency Climate Adaptation Team which consists of representatives from other Minnesota state agencies working on this topic, and is the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s climate adaptation coordinator. In his 26 years in Minnesota state government, Paul has worked on a wide range of technical and financial assistance activities related to community sustainability, including public education and outreach. He has completed his Minnesota Emergency Management Certification, and has a strong interest in community preparedness and hazard mitigation. Paul has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, a Masters in Agronomy from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA in Biology from Swarthmore College.


Shannon Pinc, Environment and Sustainability Coordinator at the City of St. Louis Park

Pinc headshotShannon Pinc is the Environment and Sustainability Coordinator for City of St. Louis Park. Her interest in protecting natural resources led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology from St. Catherine’s University and a master’s degree in environmental management systems from the University of Minnesota. Her goal of educating others on the importance of protecting natural resources and maintaining them for future generations is a lifelong passion. Shannon started her environmental career as a consultant at an engineering firm where she assisted Fortune 500 manufacturing clients with environmental management issues throughout North America. She continued her work in the manufacturing sector more locally until she had the opportunity to work in the K-12 sector handling energy and sustainability initiatives for one the largest school districts in Minnesota. Shannon is a LEED Green Associate and is committed to various volunteer activities within USGBC and other ventures that forward her passion for sustainability and conservation.


Wellstone Center- West Side Room

We are excited to be hosting this event at the Wellstone Center. All proceeds from the event rental space go directly toward the Neighborhood House which helps people with basic needs, education, multiple youth programs, and health and well-being free of charge.

Parking and Transportation

The Wellstone Center has a parking ramp that offers free parking.

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