Linnaeus Symposium

The Changing Climate: How Will We Respond?
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Spend the day at Gustavus Adolphus College learning about the changing climate in Minnesota. In addition to an opening overview of the science, speakers will address the issue through the lens of vegetation changes, public policy initiatives, and individual action. The day will conclude with a closing dinner and an optional walking tour of the Linnaeus Arboretum.

Ticket Information

$25 per person including dinner for Linnaeus Symposium Members (Join now if you are not a member)
$40 per person for non-members

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Order over the phone at 507-933-7520 or send a check to Linnaeus Arboretum, 800 West College Avenue, Saint Peter, MN 56082. Questions? Email

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Schedule of Events — Thursday, July 18, 2019
Time Event
12:30 p.m.

Registration Opens

Cec Eckhoff Alumni Hall, OJ Johnson Student Union
Tickets will be held at the door for all attendees.
1 p.m.


Cec Eckhoff Alumni Hall, O.J. Johnson Student Union
Welcome and Symposium overview
Scott Moeller, Director of the Linnaeus Arboretum

1:15 p.m.

Climate Change in Our Own Backyards: A Minnesota Perspective

climate change is already happening in our Minnesota backyards, and there is ample evidence for this.

Dr. Mark Seeley
Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water, and Climate and regular commentator on Minnesota Public Radio
2 p.m.

Trees and Climate Change in Minnesota

How will the climate change impact vegetation including forest and urban landscapes?

Dr. Lee Frelich
Director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Forest Ecology and Institute on the Environment
2:45 p.m. Break
3 p.m.

Response in Business and Policy

How will business and policy respond to the changing climate?

Joe Sullivan, JD
Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Energy Resources at the Minnesota Department of Commerce
4 p.m.

Changing Change: Responses of Citizens

What can citizens do to make a difference in climate change?

J. Drake Hamilton
Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy
5 p.m.


C. Charles Jackson Campus Center Banquet Rooms
Cash bar available.
5:30 p.m.


DontjeC. Charles Jackson Campus Center Banquet Rooms
Dinner remarks about what we learned and what can we do next.

Dr. Jim Dontje
Director of the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation at Gustavus Adolphus College
7:30 p.m.

Optional Guided Tour of the Prairie in the Linnaeus Arboretum