Minnesota Eco Events 2017-2018

The above event logos are samples of fundraising events (Green Tie Affair), Earth Day events (March for Science), Green product and services events (Environmental Initiative Awards) and legislative action events (Water Action Day).

Please note: Some events listed below require preregistration. Some charge fees. Be sure to check website links for additional information. AND be sure to check out all our great organizations at our Minnesota Eco Organizational Directory.



Legally Green 2017:stand up for science

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:30-9:00 p.m., University of St. Thomas - Woulfe Alumni Hall

                                                                Buy tickets now: bit.ly/legallygreen2017

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Alternative energy expo

Saturday, October 28 from 1:00 to 3:30 PM
Deep Portage Learning Center, 2197 Nature Center Drive NW (just off of County Route 46 about 5 miles east of Hackensack)

Informative tours of the many alternative energy installations (wood gasification, solar hot water, solar electricity, etc.) and energy efficiency upgrades that have been installed on the campus in recent years will be offered. light refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required, but would be greatly appreciated. Call 218-682-2325 to reserve and/or for more information.

Learn more about the Alternative Energy Expo

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eco Team movie night

Monday, October 30, 7-10 pm, MN 350 offices, 2104 Stevens Ave S in Minneapolis

Movie: A Plastic Ocean

Treats: craft beer and cider, non-alcoholic apple cider, popcorn, Halloween baked goods (including pumpkin pie)

Costume contest: BEST costume made from found/recycled plastics

           Prizes for BEST COSTUMES:

1) most scary and…

2) most inspiring

We will also have a “Let’s Talk Trash!” discussion about what we can do to reduce the use of plastics personally and in our community.

Learn more about ECO Team Movie Night


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Women's congress for Future Generations

Friday, November 3 - Sunday, November 5, 2017, Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430

Executive Summary
—excerpts from the Director’s letter

Our themes this year are Climate, Health and Justice.

As those who attended the Women’s Congress in 2012 and 2014 know, the weekend will be rich in ritual, beauty, music and art.

Whether you are protesting pipelines and mining; working on immigration reform, women and gender rights, Black Lives Matter; protecting the water through prayer and walking, economic or environmental justice—this is for you.

The Women’s Congress is that place where we can all gather to reimagine a future that includes everyone.

 Three reasons for you to be there:

  • Climate
  • Health
  • Justice

Learn more about the Women's Congress and registration


Technology Forum: Next Era of Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

2:00 – 4:30 Forum | Walker Cinema Theater
4:30 – 6:00 Happy Hour | Garden Terrace Room (First drink's on us.)

Explore how innovative program design, technology piloting, customer connectivity, and partnerships will define our next era of energy efficiency. We will hear from national and local energy and utility experts about this transformation, including which preparations are already under way and the value that efficiency will continue to provide.

Learn more about the Technology Forum

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12th Annual Green Gifts Fair

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Shop among 80+ local, eco-friendly artists and businesses; enjoy holiday food samples, educational passport and prizes, and many green living demos. The Green Gifts Fair is a fun, family-friendly event with an estimated attendance of 6,000.

Learn more about Green Gifts Fair




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midwest CSA conference

Tuesday, December 7- Wednesday, December 8, Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Join the Community Supported Agriculture movement in the Midwest for two days of shared learning, practical workshops and lively discussions. Farmers, CSA members and advocates are invited to come together for important conversations about the core concepts and practices of CSA, as well as farm and community viability. In addition, hands-on workshops will give CSA farmers time to reflect and plan for the future.

Learn more about the Midwest CSA Conference




Energizing Impact: How can private investment spur clean energy for all?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 7:00-8:30 a.m., Town and Country Club, 300 North Mississippi River Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55104

$30 Fresh Energy members/Government employees/Students, $45 General admission. Discounted early bird tickets will be available until January 9, 2018.

Individuals, foundations, and other private investors are increasingly looking to make an impact as well as a profit with their resources. Join Fresh Energy for a conversation with Susan Hammel, an impact investment expert currently serving as the executive in residence at the Minnesota Council of Foundations, and Sandhya Murali, who is putting dollars to work increasing access to community solar as CFO and co-founder of Solstice in Massachusetts. Together, we will discuss the critical role that private investment can play in ensuring clean energy for all.

Learn more about Energizing Impact

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Earth Day will be the Minnesota Election Day for the Environment. It is a test of a new democratic tool — common internet voting that culminates for the first time on ONE day, an online issues “election day.” It will demonstrate the strength of ALL our numbers on Earth Day — the day that once again will show the force of protest.

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