Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership

The Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership uses the IPCC's definition of adaptation: "The process of adjustment to actual or expected climate and its effects. In human systems, adaptation seeks to moderate or avoid harm or exploit beneficial opportunities. In some natural systems, human intervention may facilitate adjustment to expected climate and its effects."


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2021 Climate Adaptation Conference

January 20, 2021
9:00-12:15pm via Zoom

Conference agenda

Program highlights:

Keynote speaker Sam Grant, Executive Director of MN350, a panel discussion moderated by Heidi Roop, the Extension Climate Specialist, and breakout session for the audience. 

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Climate Adaptation Webinars

In the face of a changing climate, Minnesotans are responding with innovative and collective efforts. To highlight these efforts, the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) will be hosting a series of webinars about climate adaptation and resilience in Minnesota. These webinars will focus on knowledge, tools, and case studies from local leaders.                                  

Webinars will be held from 12:00-1:00pm on the third Tuesday of each month.

April 20, 2021
Rochester Minnesota Sustainability and Resilence Task Force
Lauren Jensen, Sustainability Coordinator, Community Development Department

Jensen will be talking about Rochester's Sustainability and Resilience Task Force, which received the 2020 Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership Award for their work to represent and deliberately seek a diverse spectrum of voices and expertise, and consider lenses of equity, sustainability, and resilience in their work. The goal of the task force is to develop an Action Plan for the Rochester community with five main focus areas: City for Health, Accessible Transportation, Climate Change Resilience, Vibrant Neighborhoods, and Resilient Economy Register

March 16, 2021
Climate Solutions from Continuous Living Cover Agriculture
Don Wyse and Nick Jordan, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics and Forever Green Initiative, UMN-TC

Robust and diversified living vegetative cover--across seasons and agricultural landscapes--appears key to providing robust climate solutions (adaptation and mitigation) from agriculture. The Forever Green project is a public/private/NGO partnership, spanning the Midwest, that is working to create a market-driven pathway to such vegetative cover, and to thereby provide robust climate solutions. Specifically, Forever Green is developing and commercializing a portfolio of new crops and cropping systems that integrate with current agriculture to create continuous living cover agriculture. We will describe Forever Green's work, including new crops and systems, and our strategies for scaling continuous living cover agriculture as a climate solution. 

Past webinar recordings

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Minnesota Climate Adaptation Awards

The Minnesota Climate Adaptation Awards, presented by the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP), recognize and celebrate exceptional achievements in leadership, education, research, policies, and practices that improve resilience and develop, advance, or implement climate adaptation strategies. 

PDF icon2021 Award Recipients

AWARD CATEGORIES                                                    

INDIVIDUAL: Any individual who has offered significant leadership, provided education, developed or implemented strategies, conducted research, or otherwise made an impact in the field of climate adaptation in Minnesota. Contributions of emerging or established leaders should demonstrate advancement of climate adaptation, with depth in one focus area or across a breadth of audiences or disciplines.

BUSINESS: Any private sector, for-profit business or company that has implemented significant practices, programs, projects, or policies to advance climate adaptation in Minnesota.

*ORGANIZATION: Any non-profit, team, community of faith, youth group, neighborhood association,local government unit, state or federal agency, tribal nation, educational institution,or similar entity that has achieved significant progress or implemented practices or projects that advance climate adaptation in Minnesota.

*PARTNERSHIP: Any collection of individuals, organizations or businesses that have collectively worked together to achieve significant progress in climate adaptation or have implemented practices or projects that advance climate adaptation in Minnesota.

*Indicates new or revised category for this year.

Climate Adaptation Awards Highlights

2020 Climate Conference Resources

2021 Conference Resources