Sleeper honored amid climate awards at National Adaptation Forum

Mark Seeley, climatologist with the UMN Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, handed out Climate Adaption awards at the May 2017 National Adaptation Forum in St. Paul. Seeley began the award portion of the program by presenting an award to recently retired WRC Associate Director Faye Sleeper:

“The Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership is most happy to salute Faye Sleeper upon the occasion of her retirement from the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center in April of 2017.  But most importantly we we want to acknowledge her years of contribution to spearheading the formation, composition, and direction of the MCAP group.  She has provided outstanding leadership in this regard and we will all greatly miss her,” said Seeley.


UMN Climatologist Mark Seeley presents former Water Resources Center Associate Director Faye Sleeper an award acknowledging her contributions to the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership

After the presentation to Sleeper, Seeley made the following remarks regarding awardees in these categories:

Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate (HPHC)

HPHC is to be commended as a unified voice for the health care professionals concerned about the severe risks associated with climate change, and the impacts to human health that are already occurring.  As a grassroots organization HPHC is engaging state and federal agencies as well as policy makers to help them become more climate-literate and to enact policies and regulations that will promote more effective and timely climate adaptation practices.  They serve as a terrific role model for other organizations to assemble coalitions of professionals concerned for the negative consequences of climate change.

Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions

Climate Generation is to be commended for their outstanding efforts in education and community engagement related to climate adaptation over many years work in metropolitan and greater Minnesota.  They serve as an example for many other organizations in terms of promoting sustainable practices, uses of alternative energy, and climate literacy.  They have successfully engaged citizens from a broad range of communities, infrastructure, and economic sectors.

Institution Category:

UMM is to be commended in successfully promoting the “Morris Model” for public engagement and leading widespread planning for climate adaptation throughout the infrastructure of the greater community that surrounds the campus.  In promoting climate resilience UMM has successfully partnered with many different units of government and non-profit organizations to address areas of concern where climate change is already having impacts. They serve as a terrific role model for other institutions to engage their surrounding community in meeting the challenges of climate change.

Business Category:

Murphy Warehouse is to be commended for their outstanding efforts in climate adaptation over many years.  They have worked diligently to reduce fuel consumption, adopt environmentally responsible procurement and waste management policies, and cultivate sustainable behaviors on the part of their employees and customers.  Murphy serves as an example for many in the business sector in terms of operational efficiency, sustainable practices, uses of alternative energy, and reduction in water use.

Individual Category:

Through her work at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Olivia LeDee is to be commended for helping to develop one of the most progressive fish and wildlife climate adaptation programs in the country and for helping to foster adaptation policy considerations among the other state and federal agencies you work with. She serves as a terrific role model for many others who work in state and federal agencies to protect, preserve and sustain our natural resources in the context of a changing climate.

The National Climate Adaptation Forum was formed by adaptation professionals from the private and public sectors interested in creating strategies for the potential impacts of climate change. This was their third Forum and their first event in Minnesota.