Rural Climate Dialogue - Winona, MN


Winona County Climate Dialogue Final Report

The link above will bring you to the Final Report from the Winona County Climate Dialogue. This...


Winona Climate Dialogue Press Release

Winona County residents to develop responses to extreme weather in Winona Climate Dialogue, March 3-5,...

Winona County community members came together March 3-5, 2016 on the Winona State University campus for a three-day deliberative forum to study and discuss changes in the area’s climate and weather. Participants in the Dialogue developed a community-based response outlining concerns, opportunities and actions to address challenges the community faces.

The Winona Climate Dialogue featured a Citizen's Jury of 18 randomly selected but demographically balanced individuals from the county. Participants had access to resources and experts to produce their own independent recommendations that respond to Winona County’s needs, priorities, values and ambitions.

Students at Winona Senior High School participated in a student Dialogue in February 2016, before the community Dialogue took place. Students heard from local experts and discussed their own priorities and concerns around climate and weather issues.

This Rural Climate Dialogue is the third in a series of Dialogues happening around the state. The Dialogues are intended to spur rural leadership and build resiliency in the face of extreme weather conditions and a changing climate. 

Reports and Outcomes

Expert Testimony

Local Information and Resources

The following list includes several resources around the Winona area to learn more or stay involved in the climate conversation after the Dialogue is finished.

Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) - Southeast CERT empowers communities and their members to adopt energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices. 

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) - Southeast RSDP makes a difference by combining citizen leadership with the research and educational resources of the University of Minnesota to foster long-term sustainability in the southeast region of Minnesota.

Winona State University Sustainability - WSU is committed to sustainability in infrastructure, coursework and community work. Learn about the sustainability initiatives on the WSU campus and in the community at their website.

Sustain Winona - Winona’s largest public and private institutions (including Winona State University, the City of Winona, the County of Winona, Winona Area Public Schools, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, Cotter High School and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota) have all committed to partnering together in implementing sustainable environmental practices.

Rural Climate Network - This network is made up of member organizations that share social and technical approaches to climate change between rural communities. This work connects rural leaders in order to generate and respond to state and national climate change policies. The website has a rich compilation of resources to learn what's happening on-the-ground across the country to adapt to and mitigate climate change.