Climate Adaptation Conference

The 2020 conference is sold out

Crossing Boundaries - Sparking Collaboration

Expected changes in Minnesota’s climate and weather require organizations to develop adaptation strategies that are responsive, nimble, and efficient. This annual conference brings together citizens and representatives from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to inspire and encourage greater implementation of climate adaptation practices in communities throughout Minnesota. The focus of this year’s conference will be Crossing Boundaries - Sparking Collaboration.

What is climate adaptation?

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."


January 22, 2020
University of Minnesota
Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Please park in Lot S 104 on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus. As you pull into the lot, tell the parking attendant that you are here for the Climate Adaptation Conference, and you can park in the lot for free. Handicapped parking spots are in the turn around loop off of Gortner. Additional parking can be found throughout the St. Paul campus for a fee.

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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.
Award nomination deadline has passed

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.

ORGANIZATION: Any non-profit, team, community of faith, youth group, neighborhood association, or similar entity that has achieved significant progress or implemented practices or projects that advance climate adaptation in Minnesota.

INSTITUTION: Any local government unit, state or federal agency, tribal nation, educational institution, or similar entity that has achieved progress or implemented significant programs, projects, or policies to advance climate adaptation in Minnesota.

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

Climate Adaptation Awards Highlights





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Conference Note

The 2020 conference is officially SOLD OUT.


Please use lot S104. The sidewalk is open to get to the conference center. Handicapped parking spots are in the turn around loop off of Gortner.