Conference Agenda

A draft agenda for the Climate Intersections Conference is below. Please note, all times are listed in central. This agenda is subject to minor changes.

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2022
1:00PM – 3:00PM – Half-day Tour*

  • Participate in a walking tour of downtown Duluth to see first-hand how the city is putting their Climate Action Work Plan into action. The 2-hour tour will start at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and end at a local business in Canal Park with several stops along the way as you hear how the city, residents, and businesses are working together to create a sustainable climate resilient city. The walking tour will end at Vikre Distillery in Canal Park with a tour of the facility and a discussion of their sustainability efforts. After the tour participants are invited to enjoy a drink on the patio and enjoy the view of Lake Superior!

4:00PM – 6:00PM – Happy Hour Reception for the Climate Intersections Conference**

  • Help us kick off the Climate Intersections Conference with a welcome reception on July 12 from 4-6pm at the Pier B Resort Hotel. This is the perfect opportunity to look out on Lake Superior with a view of the Harbor and the Ariel Lift Bridge as you enjoy a beverage with colleagues or partake in a game of cornhole. The welcome reception is included in conference registration, so sit back, relax, and get ready for two full days of networking and sharing with professionals from across the region.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2022
8:30AM – 10:30AM – Conference Welcome and Morning Plenary Session

  • Indigenous Rights, Reconciliation, and Climate Change.
    • Keynote presentation from Kyle Whyte, George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan

10:30AM – 11:00AM – Break: Exhibit Hall and Poster Presentations Open
11:00AM – 12:30PM – Concurrent Sessions

  • Creating resilient agricultural systems
    • Building Resiliency Across Minnesota Agriculture. Authors: Brad Jordahl Redlin and Danielle Isaacson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program
    • Landscapes as a Vehicle for Communicating Regional Place-Meanings. Authors: John Strauser, University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension, and William Stewart, University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign
    • A Regenerative Farmers Story on How we fix this! Author: Rod Sommerfield, Sunnyfield Farms Partnership
  • Adapting Communities to extreme weather
    • One Block at a Time: Equitable adaptation through green infrastructure. Authors: Madison Rodman, University of Minnesota Sea Grant, Kara Salazar, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Purdue Extension, and Sara Stahlman, Pennsylvania Sea Grant
    • Watershed and Community-Based Climate Resiliency and Adaptation Strategies in Wisconsin. Authors: Tim Asplund and Catherine Hein, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
    • Climate Survey of Illinois Extension Professionals. Authors: Shibu Kar, Lisa Merrifield, and Duane Friend, University of Illinois-Extension
  • Working in watersheds in times of change
    • Growing a surface water research program in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan. Authors: Andrew Kozich, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, Gene Mensch, and Patrick LaPointe, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resources Department
    • Are you comfortable offering technical assistance about climate-smart agriculture? What we learned in the inaugural Conservation Practitioner Poll. Authors: Catherine DeLong, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Clare Lindahl, Soil and Water Conservation Society, J. Arbuckle and Chris Morris, Iowa State University
    • Preparing the Next Generation of Extension Water Stewards. Author: John McMaine, South Dakota State University

12:30PM – 1:30PM – Lunch with a Special presentation by invited Indigenous Water Protectors
1:30PM- 3:00PM – Concurrent Sessions

  • Creating resilient agricultural systems
    • Farmer-Led Testing of Novel Corn Varieties for Groundwater Quality Improvement and Greenhouse Gas Reduction. Author: Micheal Travis, University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension
    • Roadmap to Water Resilience – Valuing Water as a Resource for Improved Ag Land Profitability and Reduction of Downstream Flood Risk. Authors: Philip Adalikwu and John McMaine, South Dakota State University, Kristen Blann, The Nature Conservancy, and Kristen Almen, South Dakota State University
    • One Good Idea: The Not-Quite-YouTube for Conservation Farming Practices. Author: Jenny Seifert, University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension
  • Adapting Communities to extreme weather
    • Adaptation Stories from the 2021 Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts Assessment Report. Authors: Natalie Chin and Titus Seilheimer, Wisconsin Sea Grant
    • A community planning approach to green infrastructure and hazard mitigation. Authors: Kara Salazar, Purdue Extension and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Lisa Merrifield, University of Illinois-Extension, and Hans Schmitz, Purdue Extension
    • Engaging with Communities through Hazard Mitigation Plans: Opportunities and Insights from Dane County, Wisconsin. Author: Sara Husen and Ken Genskow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and J. McLellan, Dane County
  • Working in watersheds in times of change
    • Watershed Engagement Programming (WEP) Hub: Building a virtual toolbox for water resource practitioners. Authors: Anne Sawyer and Anne Nelson, University of Minnesota Extension
    • Mapping Climate Resiliency in Duluth, Minnesota. Authors: George Masson and Ryan Granlund, City of Duluth
    • Curriculum Development for Informal Youth Audiences. Author: Natalie Carroll, Purdue Extension

3:00PM – 3:30PM – Break: Exhibit Hall and Poster Presentations Open
3:30PM – 5:00PM – Concurrent Sessions

  • Creating resilient agricultural systems
    • SYMPOSIUM: Creating Regional Climate Services that Translate to State-Specific Actions to Support Agriculture and Water in a Changing Climate. Authors: Dennis Todey, Midwest Climate Hub, Jeff Andresen, Michigan State University, Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University, Hans Schmitz, Purdue Extension, Laura Edwards, South Dakota State University, and Monica Jean, Michigan State University Extension
  • Adapting Communities to extreme weather
    • SYMPOSIUM: Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad (Doing something the Anishinaabe way) Authors: Rob Croll and Bazile Panek, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission; Maria Janowiak, North Forest Climate Hub; Jerry Jondreau, Dynamite Hill Farms; Tyler Kaspar, 1854 Treaty Authority; Kristen Schmitt, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
  • Working in watersheds in times of change
    • SYMPOISUM: Developing Climate Leadership on a Watershed Scale. Author: Hannah Mico, River Network

5:00PM – 6:00PM – Exhibitor and Poster Reception

THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2022
7:30AM – 8:30AM – Coffee and Networking
8:30AM – 10:30AM – Morning Plenary

  • Approaching climate change from all angles: Exploring climate mitigation and adaptation at different scales.  Panelists include:
    • David Bucaro, Acting Chief of the Programs and Project Management Branch, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District
    • Mindy Granley, Sustainability Officer with the City of Duluth
    • Sam Grant, Executive Director at Rainbow Research, faculty at Embody Deep Democracy, and faculty member at Metropolitan State University
    • Thomas Howes, Natural Resources Program Manager, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

10:30AM – 11:00AM – Break: Exhibit Hall and Poster Presentations Open
11:00AM – 12:30PM – Concurrent Sessions

  • Creating resilient agricultural systems
    • SPECIAL ONE-HOUR PRESENTATIONClimate Adaptation and Aoowashsin (Land where we get our food): Climate Change Response Meets Food Sovereignty Planning in the Blackfeet Nation. Authors: Andrew Berger and Kim Paul, Piikani Lodge Health Institute, and Termaine Edmo, Blackfeet Nation Environmental Office
    • Tools for Climate and Soil. Author: Sarah Fronczak, Michigan State University Extension
  • Adapting Communities to extreme weather
    • SYMPOSIUM: Assessing Your Community’s Environmental, Institutional, and Social Flood Resilience with the Flood Resilience Scorecard. Authors: Jackson Parr and Kate Beardmore, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Natalie Chin, Wisconsin Sea Grant
  • Working in watersheds in times of change
    • SYMPOSIUM: Building flood resilience and nonpoint source pollution literacy with watershed stakeholders using the new Coast Model of the Watershed Game. Authors: Maggie Karschnia and John Bilotta, Minnesota Sea Grant and University of Minnesota Extension, and Jesse Schomberg, Minnesota Sea Grant

12:30PM – 1:30PM – Lunch
1:30PM – 3:00PM – Concurrent Sessions

  • Creating resilient agricultural systems
    • How to promote climate-smart practices in a production-predominant industry. Authors: Monica Jean and Sarah Fronczak, Michigan State University Extension
    • Utilizing HYDRUS 1-D Models to Guide Farmers with Fields at Risk of Increased Phosphorus Leaching due to Global Climate. Authors: Gregory Rouland, Doug Youngsuk, Thiramet Sotthiyapai, Jason Smith, and Steven Safferman, Michigan State University
    • Tools for Communicating On-Farm Opportunities to Combat Climate Change and Generate Carbon Credits. Authors: Jean Brokish, Emily Bruner, and Helen VanBeck, American Farmland Trust
  • Adapting Communities to extreme weather
    • Stronger Wisconsin: Building Coalitions for Climate Resiliency. Author: Sarah Smith, Wisconsin Office for the Commissioner of Insurance
    • Drought Resources and Tools for Producers and Tribal Nations in the North Central U.S. Authors: Crystal Stiles and Molly Woloszyn, NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and University of Colorado Boulder
    • How do you know if decision-makers are ready to act on climate change? Ask them. Author: Karina Heim, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Working in watersheds in times of change
    • SYMPOSIUM: How can we address diversity, equity, and inclusion in watershed management? Authors: Jenny Seifert, University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension, Anne Sawyer and Ann Marcelle Lewandowski, University of Minnesota Extension, and Lisa Merrifield, University of Illinois-Extension

3:15PM – 4:00PM – Conference Wrap-Up

All sessions are included with conference registration, unless otherwise noted.

*Not included in conference registration. Additional costs may be required.
**Only included with full conference registration