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. Join us for eXchange ’19, a two-part carbon solutions summit featuring an evening reception and key stakeholders meeting

Evening Reception ǀ November 19th, 6:00pm

Key Stakeholder Roundtable ǀ November 20th, 9:00am



This is a critical moment in our country’s history — a moment when our response to climate change will pave the way for future generations.

Please join us for an exclusive State Carbon Climate Reception featuring leaders from business, philanthropy, and the nonprofit community who are at the forefront of our country’s most promising state-level opportunities.


Tuesday, November 19th

6:00pm – 8:00pm


The Bachelor Farmer

50 North 2nd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401 ǀ Explore the Restaurant

 Keynote Speakers

Bob Litterman

Robert Litterman is chairman of the Risk Committee and a founding partner of Kepos Capital, a systematic global macro firm. He retired in 2009 from a 23-year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served in research, risk management, investments and thought leadership roles. While at Goldman Sachs, he spent six years as an external advisor to the Singapore GIC Board Investment and Risk Committees. He co-developed the Black-Litterman Global Asset Allocation Model with the late Fischer Black, and headed the firm-wide risk function and the Quantitative Investment Strategies Group in the Asset Management division. Before moving to Goldman Sachs in 1986, he taught at MIT and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Litterman was one of the original inductees into Risk Magazine’s Risk Management Hall of Fame and named the 2013 Risk Manager of the Year by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. In 2012, he was the inaugural recipient of the S. Donald Sussman Fellowship at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In 2008, he received the Nicholas Molodovsky Award from the CFA Institute as well as the International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE) Financial Engineer of the Year award. Litterman currently serves on the boards of World Wildlife Fund, the Commonfund, Options Clearing Corporation, Resources for the Future, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Sloan Foundation. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota.

Art Rolnick

Arthur J. Rolnick is a senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He previously served at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis as a senior vice president and director of research and as an associate economist with the Federal Open Market Committee—the monetary policymaking body for the Federal Reserve System. Rolnick is working to advance multidisciplinary research on child development and social policy. His essays on public policy issues have gained national attention; his research interests include banking and financial economics, monetary policy, monetary history, the economics of federalism, and the economics of education. His work on early childhood development has garnered numerous awards, including those from the George Lucas Educational Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Health, both in 2007; he was also named 2005 Minnesotan of the Year by Minnesota Monthly magazine.

In addition to his role as a senior fellow at Humphrey School for Public Affairs, Dr. Rolnick is an adjunct professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota. He has also been a visiting professor of economics at Boston College, the University of Chicago, and Lingnan College, Guangzhou, China. He is past president of the Minnesota Economic Association. He serves on several nonprofit boards related to early childhood, including Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), Way to Grow, Think Small, Close Gaps by 5, Minnesota Early Learning Council, City of Minneapolis Cradle to K Advisory Board, New York City Early Childhood Advisory Board, and Ready Nation Advisory Board. Rolnick also serves as an ad hoc advisor to several communities across the country regarding the field of early childhood education.

Pam Kiely

Pam Kiely is the Senior Director of Regulatory Strategy at Environmental Defense Fund and works at the intersection of state and federal regulatory policy. Pam currently spearheads EDF’s subnational carbon markets work outside of California. Previously, Pam led EDF’s work with states and power companies to implement the Clean Power Plan as well as efforts to secure major state-level transitions of power generation infrastructure from high-emitting to clean sources.Prior to joining EDF, Pam founded PK Strategies and consulted for a wide range of clients on climate and energy issues with a specific focus on regulatory and legislative efforts across the Intermountain West. Earlier in her career Pam led the advocacy organization Environment Colorado, managing the group’s statewide political and policy work. Across these positions, Pam has focused on accelerating renewable energy deployment, designing and implementing successful greenhouse gas mitigation policies, and developing holistic policy solutions to address multi-pollutant emission reduction challenges.


This is a critical moment in our country’s history — a moment when our response to climate change will pave the way for future generations.

A chat with the thought leaders and decision-makers in the region, this event will feature a roundtable discussion on what it will take to take meaningful action on this issue. Hear about the hurdles we have encountered in other states, and how to best anticipate and overcome them in yours. This invite only event will bring business leaders, policy leaders and decision makers together to chart a path forward for the region.


Wednesday, November 20th

9:00am – 11:00am


University of Minnesota ǀ Humphrey School of Public Affairs

301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55455


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.



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?


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AN EVENING WITH CLIMATE XCHANGE  ǀ Tuesday, November 19th ǀ 6:00pm – 8:00pm ǀ The Bachelor Farmer ǀ 50 North 2nd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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