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Addressing Climate Change: Community Design and Transportation in MN

Join us at our April chapter meeting--just two days before Earth Day--as we consider what we can do about climate change.  The rise in global temperatures and more severe weather will have profound consequences in MN and around the globe. Barb Thoman of Transit for Livable Communities and Kurt Kimber of MN350 will provide an overview of the science, climate changes and trends in Minnesota, and what needs to be done to dramatically reduce emissions. The strategies presented will focus primarily on transportation and development patterns. Local community projects and statewide policy initiatives currently underway will be discussed as well as individual efforts and lifestyle choices that can help create a more sustainable future --and economy!

Barb Thoman co-founded Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) with another transit advocate in 1997. She served as executive director until 2001 and is currently serving as the executive director again. She is passionate about transportation research and is widely respected as a regional expert on transportation and land use. As a local non-profit organization, TLC has been a key leader in advocating for a more equitable, affordable and sustainable transportation system in Minnesota. Today TLC has 10,000 supporters, a staff of 12 FTE and a 12 member board of directors.

Kurt Kimber identifies as a “serial activist” who is currently an avid volunteer with MN350. The looming impacts of climate change and peak oil on civilization motivate his work on issues of infrastructure and strategy.

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  • Brad B.

    April 21, 2013

  • Brad B.

    For a powerful statement on Climate Change, go see the Chasing Ice documentary if you have not already. It is showing tomorrow at 12:45pm for only $2 at the Riverview Theater in South Minneapolis. An excellent film on the cheap at the metro's coolest movie shrine. National Geographic photographer James Balog is profiled as he sets up cameras to document our glacial ice loss. Stunning visuals.

    April 20, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Thanks to Kurt & Barb for their interesting and helpful comments this morning. FYI -- When I got home, I saw the April 2013 issue of Catalyst, which is a newsletter put out by the Center for Transportation Studies at the U of M. The three feature articles were on "Smart" traffic signals, getting to your job by car, and driver behavior. Transit played a clear second fiddle, and bicycling was barely mentioned. We have our work cut out for us.

    April 20, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    I always seem to have plans the weekend of the chapter meeting! I will make it one of these days.

    April 17, 2013

  • Wanda

    oh my gosh, I've missed all the great speakers and stimulating conversation! where has this past year gone? And you've switched from Carbone's to catered lunch? april 20th is full with family birthday plans, but I hope to join you again in May.

    April 13, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Prior engagement, unfortunately.

    April 10, 2013

  • Michelle L

    Great topic. Out of town unfortunately.

    April 9, 2013

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