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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

WRC Shared Water Shared Responsibility

University of Minnesota Water Resources Students In Action (WRSIAhosted a community discussion with key Minnesota policy makers last Thursday, March 23 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Co-sponsored by the University's Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy and the University's Water Resources Center, the event  addressed challenges facing clean water and explore how Minnesotans from all walks of life can play a role in promoting sustainable practices.

Inspired by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s Year of Water Action, the event included a reception and poster session on water research, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with policy experts.


The panel discussion was live-streamed and recorded (click here to view).

Panel Discussion


Representatives from the Governor’s office and state agencies discussed topics related to April’s Year of Water Action theme of water sustainability.
  • Anna Henderson, Water Advisor for Governor Dayton
  • Paul Allwood, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Rebecca Flood, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Whitney Place, Director of Government Affairs, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Luke Skinner, Director,  Division of Ecological and Water Resources,  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Doug Thomas, Assistant Director, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Coffee and Conversation with Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya


Thursday, March 2, 3 – 4 p.m.
Humphrey School Room 170
Meet the maker of Catching the Sun, award-winning filmmaker Shalini Kantayya. Catching the Sun captures the global race to lead the clean energy future through the stories of of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China. The film premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles film festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick.
Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya uses film as a tool to educate, inspire, and empower audiences. he mission of her production company, 7th Empire Media, is to create a culture of human rights and a sustainable planet through wildly imaginative media that makes a real social impact. For more information: shalini.tv
This opportunity is a collaboration between the Boreas Leadership Program and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.

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After coffee, join us for the film:

Catching the Sun

March 2nd, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Bell Museum Auditorium

Speaker: Shalini Kantayya, Catching the Sun Filmmaker

Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun captures the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry.  With countries like China investing in innovative technologies and capitalizing on this trillion-dollar opportunity, Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands.
Program ScheduleFood and tabling from local and campus environmental groups | 6:00 – 6:30Film Showing | 6:30 – 7:40
Filmmaker Q&A with audience | 7:40 – 8:30
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