Mike – Just note the diversity of our board and it’s alignment with our mission to build diverse partnerships to solve problems.
This second half of our presentation is meant to provide you with an overview of our dialogue projects including:-our approach for facilitation and reaching consensus-our track record & past partnersI’ll also talk a bit about this project/why you are all here including:-who is on the team-the tools we’ll have and our plans for working together
Spend time getting stakeholders on the same page through presentations from issue experts and facilitated discussions during initial meetings.Through active facilitation, stakeholders identify issues, opportunitieis and in some cases barriers to solving a problemWe use the parking lot tool to track important ideas and issues that may not be useful to discuss at a given time during a meeting. The principle is to return to them later – issues move in and out of the parking lot during a process. Scoping Issues and Developing Solution Options is really just our way of narrowing down and focusing all of the possible recommendations or solutions to a problem to a more manageable, or prioritized set. Once solution options have been selected, specific recommendations, or solutions to the problem are drafted. Stakeholders have opportunities to weigh in, provide feedback and make adjustments. Tada! We arrive at consensus. It’s really just that simple isn't it?
-Our dialogue work really took off in the early 2000s through the Impaired Waters Stakeholder Process. Environmental advocates, the business community, agricultural leaders, representatives from state & local government worked together to develop the policy foundations of what became the Clean Water Legacy Act-As most of you probably know, CWLA is a policy framework that describes how Minnesota will restore its impaired waters and protect high quality water resources.Thirty-three percent of the sales tax revenue from the Legacy amendment is allocated to the Clean Water Fund to support these efforts.-We’ve also tackled mercury air emissions, CO2 emissions from the solid waste sector, strategies to meet the state’s energy efficiency goals and more.-We typically manage at least 2 facilitated processes per year, if not more. These are the current processes underway – soon to add a fourth with this project.
-Much of this work has been done in partnership with state agencies; but businesses, foundations & other organizations have also supported this work.
We have three groups planned for this process that will meet & help us work towards consensus recommendations:Work Group – Hey, that’s you guys!Core Team-DNR Project Manager, Managing Sponsors & Environmental Initiative (Emmett Mullin, Courtland Nelson,Arne Stefferud,Chuck Wocken)Partners Group-Plan is for one meeting-We’ll decide as we move along in the process when & where to schedule this meeting. We will also work to design the agenda for this meeting.
Facilitator – Marian. Marian will say a few things.Emily & Eric-lead agenda development & design in partnership with DNR-capture meeting outcomes-ensure transparent and open communication-write the final report which captures the consensus recommendations of the groupMike-Mike Harley is our executive director who wears lots of hats. He’ll be serving in an advisory role to our team for the project.
Overview• Who We Are• What We Do• Dialogue & Process• Questions and Contact Information
Who We Are• 20-year-old nonprofit organization• Mission: Build partnerships to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota’s environmental problems.• Environmental solutions through three areas of work: o Events o Dialogue o Action
Board of Directors Paul Durkee, Chair Ann Glumac Antea USA Inc. Glumac Executive Enterprise Mary Jo Roth, Vice Chair Mike Hansel Great River Energy Barr Engineering Terry Coss, Treasurer Don Hickman Xcel Energy Initiative Foundation Jon Bloomberg, Secretary Deb McGovern Bloomberg & Podpeskar LLP Environmental Resources Management Julie Ketchum, Executive Committee Heather Rein Waste Management Flint Hills Resources Perry Aasness Dan Schmid Minnesota Farm Bureau 3M Marian Bender Susan Schmidt Emrose Consulting Services The Trust for Public Land Darrell Gerber Scott Strand Clean Water Action Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Events• Networking, diverse perspectives, access to experts o Business and Environment Series o Environmental Initiative Awards o Policy Forum Series
DialogueWe facilitate conversations with environmental leaders toachieve policy and other environmental solutions for acleaner, stronger Minnesota. o Goals are clear o Independent and transparent o Highly participatory and collaborative
Action• Project Green Fleet o Over 3,500 cleaner engines operating statewide o Average of 2 tons of particulate matter (soot) reduced per day• Other Action Projects o Autobody Refinishing Industry Project o Habitat for Humanity Green Demonstration House
Dialogue As a neutral convener and facilitator on environmental issues, we strive for a balance of voices and equal power among project participants. Environmental Initiative dialogue projects typically have: o Experienced, trained facilitators o Tangible goals, or outcomes o Established ground rules, agreed upon by project participants o Transparency and openness o Opportunities for group learning
The Process of Building Consensus Identify Parking Lot Mutual Issues and Education Opportunities Consensus Scope Issues Agreement on to Address Solutions Draft Solutions Develop Solution Options
Dialogue Outcomes • Helped shape legislation resulting in the Clean Water Legacy Act • A state plan to reduce mercury air emissions by 2,600 lbs per year below current levels • 38 strategies to reduce 47.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2025 from the solid waste sector • Current processes o Minnesota Chemical Regulation and Policy Project o Agricultural Leadership Dialogue o Minnesota’s Clean Air Dialogue
Past Dialogue Funders & Partners 3M Minnesota Department of Health BlueGreen Alliance Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Board of Water & Soil Resources Pentair Foundation Ecolab Foundation University of Minnesota Water Resources Center Flint Hills Resources McKnight Foundation Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Coalition Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Minnesota Department of Commerce
Meetings & Groups • Work Group o 9 members to develop consensus recommendations o Six meetings between now and October 2012 • Core Team (Executive & Managing Sponsors) o Purpose is for feedback, input & strategic insight to plan Work Group meetings o Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Metropolitan Council & Greater Minnesota Regional Parks & Trails Coalition o Advisory only • Partners Group o Inform & educate a wider range of interested stakeholders o Meetings are open to the public
Parks & Trails LegacyFundingProject Team Bender• Facilitator – Marian 320.420.4798 // firstname.lastname@example.org• Project Manager – Emily Franklin 612.334.3388 ext.114 // email@example.com• Project Associate – Eric David 612.334.3388 ext.108 // firstname.lastname@example.org• Strategic Advisor – Mike Harley 612-334-3388 ext.110 // email@example.com
Communications• Want to ensure an open & transparent process• Dedicated project webpage o Meeting information and schedule o Resources and background information o http://www.environmental-initiative.org/projects/minnesota-chemical-regulation-a-policy• Work Group meeting notices posted and emailed one week prior to meetings• Work Group meeting summaries posted and emailed one week following a meeting
211 North First Street, Suite 250 Minneapolis, MN 55401 612.334.3388 (p) 612.334.3093 (f)www.environmental-initiative.org www.projectgreenfleet.org
Draft Timeline & Schedule• Introductory Meeting – April• Meeting 1 – May (Week of 5/14)• Meeting 2 – June (Week of 6/11 or 6/18)• Meeting 3 – July (Week of 7/16)• Meeting 4 – August (Week of 8/13 or 8/20)• Meeting 5 – September (Week of 9/10)• Meeting 6 – September/October (Week of 9/24 or 10/1)