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2022 Workshop Agenda

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Registration and continental breakfast

9:30 - 10:30 AM 

Effective community engagement in Fort Collins

Molly Saylor with Fort Collins will present on the equitable engagement, planning and implementation process for Fort Collins’ Our Climate Future Plan.  Molly will share specific tactics and steps taken, where they are at now, and the ongoing challenges with continuing to prioritize equitable engagement in the implementation of the plan.  Adelle McDaniel and DeAngelo Bowden from Fort Collins will join in for questions and discussion.


Molly Saylor, Fort Collins

Adelle McDaniel, Fort Collins

DeAngelo Bowden, Fort Collins






10:30 - 10:45 AM


Check out the recycling activities in the atrium!

10:45 - 11:45 AM

Demystifying the legislative process

Ever wonder what really happens in the state capitol? How bills get introduced? Why do some get attention while others never see the light of day?  How they move through the process with stops and detours along the way?  And what the heck is an omnibus bill anyway? Hear from two capitol veterans—one representing Minnesota’s cities and the other Minnesota’s counties—on what we need to know about tracking bills and having influence at the legislature.


Brian Martinson, Association of MN Counties

Craig Johnson, League of MN Cities


11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


Lunch will be provided by local restaurant Ariana's, serving a spread of Greek and Turkish food. 

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Beyond the cart recycling: plastic film

Plastic films and bags are not going away. We can reduce as much as possible, but what can we do with the inevitable plastic film to keep it from the landfill?  During this session we will discuss innovations begin conducted statewide to help keep film out of the landfill or not disposed of properly and how it can be given new life. JoAnne Berkenkamp with MBOLD will share about a new facility coming online for recycling plastic film in MN, and Renee Burman with Dakota County will share more information about the successes and challenges with recycling agriculture and marine plastic film.  



JoAnne Berkenkamp, MBOLD

Renee Burman, Dakota County










1:45 PM - 2:OO PM


Check out the recycling activities in the atrium!

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Sustainable purchasing: buying recycled and reused policy and practices

With proactive coordination, you too, can make sustainable purchasing decisions.  Come learn about how to create sustainable purchasing and procurement policies to help guide your organization and be a role model for others.  Check out what’s new with BPI items on state contract and how to make the right choice for efficient operations at compost facilities.  Government creates ‘waste’ too.  Let’s reframe ‘waste’ into opportunity and cost savings through reuse, refurbishment, and donation programs to do better within governmental departments.


Alison Cameron, MPCA

Susan Heffron, MPCA

Emily Barker, Reuse MN

Simon Hefty, Northstar Maintenance









3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Check out the recycling activities in the atrium!

3:15 - 4:00 PM

Solid waste contracting

Cami Van Abel with Foth will present on best practices for recycling and trash  contract solicitation, negotiations, and administration.  She will also discuss recent industry impacts from labor shortages and strategies cities could implement to deal with service disruptions.


Cami Van Abel, FOTH





Networking will follow at JJs Clubhouse. 

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