• Date: September 21, 2014 - September 23, 2014
  • Location: Saint Paul Hotel - 350 Market St, St. Paul, MN
  • Category: Event


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Climate change is a global issue with local implications. City leaders need to prepare their communities for both the expected and unexpected impacts that come with a changing climate. Strong, resilient communities are able to respond, recover, and adapt to the increasing challenges that Mother Nature and the global economy present.

The Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities, in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Communities, is hosting a Regional Convening on Climate Resilience in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This training event will bring together City Teams of local government officials from communities all across the upper Midwest. By leaving daily responsibilities behind and immersing your team in the topic, you will have a chance to get productive work done and return home with shared understandings that can inform your future efforts. Unlike other events where individuals attend in isolation, the convening is intended to be a powerful team learning opportunity, which will resonate long after participants return home.

Over the course of two days, local leaders from the upper Midwest will:

  • Elevate the voice of cities in the national discussion around climate adaptation and resilience.
  • Learn what is already being done to mitigate the impact of a changing climate and prepare for the long term effects.
  • Acquire specific, relevant tools to activate private sector stakeholders and engage citizens in your community.
  • Participate in a series of facilitated peer-learning workshops and create your own strategies to pursue resilience.
  • Collaborate with other City Teams to build a long term network of leaders in pursuit of regional resilience

Registration details: 

In order to be eligible to attend, participants must register as part of a City Team. Each City Team must have at least two representatives who are either elected leaders or city staff. In addition to these two representatives, City Teams may include stakeholders such as utilities, civic groups, military installations, and other non-municipal organizations that are critical partners in local resilience.

There is space for up to 30 City Teams to participate in the regional convening.

*City Teams from the following states are eligible: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin.

Apply by August 31


Each chosen city team will receive a scholarship of $300 to support travel. All attendees will be provided with breakfast and lunch during the dates of the convening, and are invited to a welcome reception hosted by Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman the evening of Sunday, September 21. Special hotel rates are also available for attendees.


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