We need all hands on deck when it comes to dealing with the climate crisis. That is why we are gathering the sharpest minds who care about this issue and want to see leadership and meaningful action at the local level. 

The good news is that there is a lot that can be done at the local and state level when it comes to advancing climate and environmental policy. Learn from our experts on different topics around ground-level campaigns – using the market to further a just transition, the importance of smart climate communications, and the politics of market-based climate solutions.


Tuesday, November 19th

9:30am – 2:00pm


University of Minnesota ǀ Humphrey School of Public Affairs

301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

Register at No Cost


9:30am – 10:00am

Light Breakfast and Refreshments

10:00am – 11:00am

Using the Market to Drive Climate Solutions

Economists and experts agree that putting a price on carbon is a vital measure in to rapidly transition us to a sustainable and regenerative economy. Rather than pick winners and losers, carbon pricing allows the market – meaning the countless choices made by people every day – to favor cleaner ways of living and doing business.

So what exactly can market-based mechanisms achieve, and how can they be designed to tackle the unique environmental and economic challenges of the Midwest? How can we put equity and environmental justice at the forefront of market policy solutions?

Join our discussion on what best practices in carbon pricing can spur green innovation, rebuild crumbling infrastructure, and free us from the vast social and environmental injustices associated with the polluter-industrial world.

11:15am – 12:15pm

The Political Benefits of Market-Based Climate Policy

In this workshop we’re exploring the existing opportunity to build broad stakeholder support in New Mexico for market-based climate policies, including carbon pricing. Drawing on Climate XChange’s political experiences at the national and state levels, we examine why businesses, environmental justice communities, lawmakers, local governments, budget hawks, conservatives, and sometimes even the fossil fuel industry support market climate policies. We will also look at how carbon pricing can help concurrently achieve other environmental and climate goals, such as increasing renewable energy deployment and improving air quality.

12:30am – 1:30pm

Communicating the Climate Crisis

There is widespread recognition that communicating the climate crisis is a critical part of moving solutions forward. As advocates and professionals in the space, we are in charge of communicating not just the problems we currently face, but also bringing to life the solutions and future we envision. Communications has been a massive challenge in thise space, – we will explore the reasons why it has been so, to the psychological and social barriers in translating knowledge into action, and conclude with a series of best practices. 

You will learn how to become a messenger for change, and gain the tools you’ll need for working with grassroots advocates and forming coalitions to maximize your impact.

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Lunch and Networking


There is widespread recognition and scientific consensus that in order to stabilize the climate and prevent the worst consequences of the climate crisis, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by at least 80 percent by 2050.

The fuels responsible for emitting the gases that are causing this crisis have long been cheap and subsidized by governments around the world. In turn, we have failed to account for the true cost of these fuels as the main agents of global climate change, and all the impacts that come with it, which we are already living with today.

What if instead of subsidizing these dirty fuels, we actually began to account for their true cost?


Our coverage of the latest carbon pricing news in the Midwest

Rerouting Line 5 and the Ongoing Decommissioning Battle

The Great Lakes ecosystem is a vital network of freshwater bodies for those in and outside of the Midwest, which supports 21% of the world’s freshwater supply and home to over 3,500 unique flora and fauna. Bordered by both Lake...

Pandemic Alters Plans, but does not Prevent Wisconsin from Progressive Climate Action

The newly created Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and associated Climate Change Task Force are working to establish climate policy and promote state level change. Since COVID-19 spread across the country, public comments and listening sessions have gone...

Wisconsin considers the social cost of carbon

On January 21st, Wisconsin Democrats introduced Bill 766 in the Assembly, which requires utilities to assess the social cost of carbon when assessing new projects. While this is not a direct price on carbon that utilities have to pay, it...

Wisconsin Aims to Fully Decarbonize Electricity by 2050

On August 16th, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) signed an executive order calling for the state’s energy usage to be 100% carbon free by 2050, making Wisconsin the first state in the Midwest with a 100% clean electricity commitment. It...


Climate XChange was founded in 2013 to develop and promote effective and viable policy solutions to reduce carbon emissions. We built and promoted winning climate policies in our home state of Massachusetts and have since brought our expertise, resources and guidance to state-level carbon pricing campaigns around the country. Our mission is to provide research, education, and advocacy tools to enhance climate action through effective policy at the state level. At a time when climate action has been heavily politicized and the federal government is not taking action, it has been left up to state governments to lead the way.

Climate XChange staff has collectively over 50 years’ experience in climate advocacy. Our extensive expertise in building campaigns enables us to share our knowledge and convene several networks for cross pollination of strategies. Our networks not only focus on advocacy but also private sector engagement. We know that without having business leaders at the table, we will not be able to best leverage our resources.



Wednesday, November 20th ǀ 9:00am – 11:00am ǀ Humphrey School of Public Affairs ǀ 301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55455