Green Ideas returns this fall with a discussion of Minneapolis Energy Options!
When: Tuesday, Sept 18, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Seating is first come first served! Doors open at 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast buffet will begin at 7:45.
Where: Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.
We are honored to be joined by Susan Osborne, the Mayor of Boulder, Colorado, and John Farrell from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance for this discussion.
The city gets most of its energy through Xcel Energy and Centerpoint Energy, and while these utilities have made some progress, Xcel's carbon emissions actually increased last year. If Minneapolis is going to meet its global warming reduction goals, Xcel and Centerpoint will need to sharply reduce their emissions and encourage clean energy programs in the city. But neither utility has shown strong support for local renewable energy programs and Xcel even proposed eliminating the popular Solar Rewards Program. As the franchise agreements between the city and Xcel and Centerpoint are coming up for renewal, it’s time to find more ways to drive clean, affordable energy in Minneapolis.
Boulder, Colorado Mayor Susan Osborne will share the story of Boulder's multi-year fight with Xcel Energy to obtain more clean, local energy that culminated in a victorious ballot initiative to form their own public utility in the fall of 2011. John Farrell will talk about how the Minneapolis Energy Options campaign hopes to emulate Boulder's success in our own city.
The event costs $15 total for each attendee. We encourage you to donate your $5 to Environment Minnesota using the form below; that will let us know you are coming! Please come prepared to pay $10 to the Red Stag server at your table. (Note: the Red Stag does not accept checks). The breakfast buffet includes house-made breakfast pastries; sausage or
bacon; organic eggs with hashbrowns, or fruit and house-made granola and
yogurt; as well as juice and coffee.
You may RSVP without giving the $5 donation right now. Click here and then come prepared with your donation to give at the door.