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Have you ever wondered how we might get solar panels on our public buildings, including our public schools? Please come to a presentation on Saturday, November 17th from 10:15-noon at Neighborhood House to learn how doable this can be, with your support. Join us at Neighborhood House (The Wellstone Center) 179 Robie Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55107 (Free parking available in the ramp)Timothy Denherder-Thomas is the General Manager of Cooperative Energy Futures and board member of Community Power MN. He will present on how community owned solar actually is working from a financial and logistical standpoint, how it integrates economic, social and racial justice principles, from inception to installation and beyond, and how the community can support it to democratize ownership of solar through solar on the St. Paul schools (and other large buildings). He will be accompanied by Bob Blake, founder of Solar Bear Solar Installation, who “makes a concerted effort to train and employ those who may find difficulty attaining a job due to factors that may decrease their ability to gain or maintain employment” such as previously incarcerated people and people of color.Community-owned solar is working in Minneapolis. Why not Saint Paul? Please join us!Please confirm your attendance at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1276042072536141/We look forward to seeing you!(Sponsored by Community Power MN with help from our St. Paul friends, including Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light and District Councils.)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Doors open at 6:00 PM
"Imagine C-Span suddenly being swarmed by the cast of SNL"
-Minneapolis Star Tribune on the Theater of Public Policy
With Panelists: ANNIE LEVENSON-FALK (Citizen's Utility Board), ELLEN ANDERSON (University of Minnesota's Energy Transition Lab), JEREMY SCHROEDER (Minneapolis City Councilmember for Ward 11).
Every three years, electric utility Xcel Energy prepares a resource plan to decide which sources we’ll get our electricity from for the next 15 years and beyond. Xcel must share and get this plan approved by the MN Public Utilities Commission (which, as the name implies, is supposed to represent the public’s interests).
The THEATER OF PUBLIC POLICY will interview the panelists about this very important decision and will and transform what they say into improvisational comedy !
If you want to find out more and make sure your voice and priorities are heard in this process, this is a perfect opportunity to plug in a fun and accessible way. By partnering up with the improv comedians Theater of Public Policy, we are charting a fun new format to shine a light on this process in a way that’s designed to get a broader audience interested and engaged.
While there’s nothing funny about 7 in 10 of our power plants nearing retirement age, this comedy night explains why there’s plenty to laugh about––and a lot at stake––in this purportedly public process.
**Opportunities for feedback on the Xcel's Plan will be available before and after the show. Please add your voice!
RSVP and Reserve your spot with this link here: https://goo.gl/forms/171AahtS383QuP742
Childcare and light food provided!
Sliding Scale Donation to Support the Event ($0-100). The real cost per person is ~$20.