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What does a sustainable Northeast MN look like? Hear about ideas, projects, and dream with us the future we want to see.

What one New Yorker, a Duluthian, and a Finlander with the Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership can bring to the table. Issues to be discussed include net-zero affordable housing, hemp, biochar, renewable energy, food production and storage, Food Access Land Trusts, Forest Assisted Migration project, and more.

Do you have an idea to improve sustainability in your community? Bring your questions and your ideas.

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David Abazs, Executive Director, U of M Extension NE Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NERSDP)
Leah Karmaker, University of Minnesota NERSDP (AmeriCorps VISTA) – Low Income Housing
Joel Bransky, University of Minnesota NERSDP (AmeriCorps VISTA) – Forest Project and the Land Trust Project

Partner: University of Minnesota NE Regional Sustainable Development Partnership –https://extension.umn.edu/regional-partnerships

David Abazs is a well-known figure in the region and a long-time partner and former board member of the Northeast RSDP. He is a past Endowed Chair with the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, and his extensive community engagement includes serving as an elected official in the community of Finland for 20 years.

Leah Karmaker has a background that focuses on sustainable architectural design and construction, and she brings a passion for housing, building, and spatial justice to her work.

Joel Bransky was born in Duluth and grew up eating raspberries right off the plants in his mom’s garden. He is working to make sure people in northeastern Minnesota can feed themselves the same way — with nutritious food, straight from the land.


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April 26
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
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