Learn about several statewide efforts in Minnesota and New Jersey that are working to advance community sustainability and climate resilience through partnerships and assistance, including Minnesota GreenStep Cities, Jersey Renews, and Sustainable Jersey. After hearing from the four presenters, workshop participants will join in facilitated discussion to explore how Transition groups and leaders can strengthen their work at the community level through increased collaboration with governmental, nonprofit, and other partners. Participants will identify and share ideas about opportunities, barriers, potential allies, and strategies that can help to increase local collaboration and build coalitions.
Dan Fatton is the Executive Director of the NJ Work Environment Council, a coalition of 70 labor, environmental, and community organizations working for safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment. Dan also helped launch Jersey Renews, a coalition dedicated to ensuring that NJ regains a leadership role in addressing the climate crisis. Dan is a Trenton resident, experienced in community organizing. He was a past president of the I AmTrenton Community Foundation, Vice-Chair of Trenton’s Planning Board, and a Trenton Green Team Vice-Chair. He is also an Environmental Leadership Program Fellow with a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University. Dan is a member of the Diversity & Equity Task Force for Sustainable Jersey, and serves on the board for both the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership.
Paul Moss coordinates Minnesota’s Interagency Climate Adaptation Team, which consists of representatives from other Minnesota state agencies working on this topic, and is the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s climate adaptation coordinator. In his 27 years in Minnesota state government, Paul has worked on a wide range of technical and financial assistance activities related to community sustainability and climate adaptation, including public education and outreach. Paul has an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, a Master's in Agronomy from Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College.
Laura Millberg is a Principal Planner for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, specializing in outreach and assistance to communities on sustainable development and climate resilience for the built environment. Laura led the creation of Minnesota GreenStep Cities Best Practice 29: Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience. She also participates on their Steering Committee and is a GreenStep Advisor. Laura is an active member of Minnesota’s Interagency Climate Adaptation Team and contributed to the 2017 "Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota" report. An accredited LEED AP BD+C professional, Laura has an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. double-major in Economics and Political Science from Grinnell College.
Philipp Muessig has a background in science and community development, with previous jobs in minerals exploration, cooperative business development, and neighborhood association management. A graduate of Carleton College, he now co-directs the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program - a free, voluntary challenge, assistance, and recognition program run by a state agency and nonprofit collaborative. Philipp periodically participates in Minnesota Design Team charrettes in small towns.