Speaker Videos

Join us on the third Thursday of every month to see our speakers live!

Or catch up on any past speaker presentations you may have missed! 


2019

April - jan hubbard

What’s Happening with Solar in Minnesota

The presentation will provide an overview of the programs and policies of the City of Minneapolis Division of Sustainability covering the topics from the recently passed residential energy disclosure policy, a food action climate plan, Carbon Emissions and Clean Energy , Environmental Justice and how every person living, working or visiting Minneapolis can help create a more sustainable city.   

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March - Kim Havey

Climate Action in Minneapolis

An overview of programs, policies and how you can make a difference!

The presentation will provide an overview of the programs and policies of the City of Minneapolis Division of Sustainability covering the topics from the recently passed residential energy disclosure policy, a food action climate plan, Carbon Emissions and Clean Energy , Environmental Justice and how every person living, working or visiting Minneapolis can help create a more sustainable city.   

Director

City Coordinator’s Division of Sustainability

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Engineering Professor

January - Greg mowry

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ENERGY, THE UNIVERSITY OF ST THOMAS, AND THE WORLD

Civilization depends on energy yet the very energy systems that make modern civilization possible are also hurting the planet. Hence sustainable energy is essential for modern civilization. This presentation explored engineering at the University of St Thomas (UST), some of the energy outreach, and what is being done at UST to help secure a sustainable energy future.


2018

December

Member meeting - State of MRES presentation by Board chair, Mark Weber.


November - Ellen Anderson

Director

Energy Storage & the Clean Energy Transition

Ellen Anderson discussed the important role of energy storage in our transition to a clean energy economy, how the role of energy storage is evolving, and the barriers and opportunities it faces.  She gave an update on energy storage projects in Minnesota, and what's next in our energy transition.

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July- Jamez Staples

The Green Economy as an Economic Development Tool

Minnesota has some of the largest racial disparity gaps in the country in terms of education, economic participation, income, employment, homeownership, and others; The green economy presents a unique opportunity to address climate change and poverty, and reduce these plaguing disparities, all at the same time.

By way of personal and professional experience, Jamez Staples has been working to create an equitable future for people of color while mitigating climate change. His lively talk will highlight Renewable Energy Partners and what they have been actively doing to create positive changes. 

President

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Thank you to Rich Solomon for recording and producing the monthly speaker videos!


Additional MRES Speakers

High Performance Buildings and Communities in Minnesota

Working at the community- or district level, planners can make great advances toward energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. John Carmody talks about his work with the Minnesota Design Center for Sustainable Building Research and describes projects in Rochester, Saint Paul


Solar Energy in Minnesota: A Sunny Update from CERTS

Dan Thiede of Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) speaks to MRES about the current stae of solar energy in Minnesota, and where things are headed.


Environmental Initiatives -- Toward a Circular Economy

Sam Hanson of Environmental Initiatives describes the group's history of shared success across traditional stakeholder boundaries. Key to their collaborative approach is the ideal of a circular economy, discussed later in the presentation.


MN Solar Industries Association (MnSEIA) Market Segments

MnSEIA policy director David Shaffer talks about solar energy and job growth in Minnesota, and how policy and market forces intersect to boost our economy.


A Sharp: Community Solar Made Easy

Danial Enderton of A Sharp Solar explains how his company website simplifies community solar for customers.


Integrating Community Energy Systems

Nina Axelson of Ever-Green Energy describes how St. Paul's successful District Energy model is helping other projects and communities save on energy costs and be more self-reliant.


Sustainability Solutions are Looking Up

Mayor Peter Lindstrom of Falcon Heights, MN describes how sustainable practices such as solar energy and recycling enhance the quality of life and help the environment for citizens and cities.


LEED and Renewable Energy Overview from Great River Energy

Mark Rathbun of Great River Energy talks about achieving LEED Platinum status with GRE's Maple Grove headquarters, and about present steps and future plans to integrate renewables into the energy mix.


Deep Winter Greenhouses — Passive Solar for Winter Food Production

Dan Handeen discusses a Deep Winter Greenhouse prototype being developed at the University of Minnesota. From the history to the "how-to", Handeen's informative presentation covers winter greenhouses in operation and in development around the midwest and around the world.


Solar and other Renewable Energy at the Metropolitan Council

Jason Willett lays out the benefits of renewable energy to local governments and describes how the Council's own projects have improved environmental outcomes and saved money for Twin Cities Metro Area taxpayers.


Energy Storage in Minnesota and Beyond

Ellen Anderson and Megan Butler of the University of MN Energy Transition Labs discuss the present state of energy storage, in terms of technologies, policies, and energy markets.


Climate Action in 2016

J. Drake Hamilton of FreshEnergy discusses the groundbreaking results of the Paris Climate Accord and how we're making real progress on climate change around the world and here in Minnesota.


State of Solar in Minnesota, November 2015

Alan Wernke of Innovative Power Systems discusses the state of Solar Energy in Minnesota.