Rochester Earthfest

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021 at 12:00pm

Gray Duck Theater and Coffeehouse
619 6th Ave NW,
Rochester, MN 55901

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Schedule of Events:

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Rochester’s Urban Forest Master Plan Virtual Community Meeting - Online Event

The Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) project provides a forum for community engagement, a shared vision, and a strategic, long-term road map for the management of Rochester’s urban forest resources. Community members are encouraged to join for an informational and engaging virtual public meeting.  There will be an opportunity hear the UFMP progress and timeline, learn about initial findings, and provide invaluable input to finalize the Plan’s vision, goals, and short- and long-term strategies for the management and enhancement of Rochester’s urban forest.

Urban forests and community health are inextricably linked; the better an urban forest, the greater a community’s health. A community that is engaged with its urban forest will responsibly plant, care for, and nurture its trees, while inspiring others to do the same and supporting the City’s urban forest management program. A thriving urban forest is only possible through a civic commitment and partnerships shared by all.

Click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81543261311

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Chasing Ice – Transition Rochester Film Festival

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.

Location: Gray Duck Theater, 619 6th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased online at https://grayducktheater.com/.

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm: Clean Air Lawn Care - Online Event

Electric lawnmowers are becoming more popular each year – but do they live up to the hype? For most residential uses, electric mowers are actually a superior and more economical choice than gas mowers. Battery technology has advanced dramatically in the past decade and due to this, we’re seeing more powerful electric cars and more capable electric lawnmowers.

Celebrate Rochester Earth Fest by joining Fresh Energy, Shift2Electric, and the American Lung Association for a free educational workshop that’s unaffiliated with any specific brands. We’ll take a look “under the hood” at electric lawnmower models from various manufacturers, have a discussion about the health and climate impacts of gas yard equipment, and review the steps participants can take to switch to electric yard care. Participants will leave the meeting equipped to make an informed decision about their next lawnmower with a comprehensive comparison list of all makes and models available on the market.

The discussion will include:

Electric technology advances.
Benefits of going electric, including cleaner air and health impacts.
Review of electric mowers on the market.
How to choose the right electric mower.
Retailers that carry electric mowers.
Care and maintenance of electric mowers.
Different equipment available

Register Here

Jukka Kukkonen, Chief EV Educator for Shift2Electric and electric vehicle consultant with Fresh Energy
Jukka is an automotive engineer by training and has worked with electric vehicles since 2010. Jukka has a deep knowledge of the electric vehicle market and he specializes in market dynamics and real-life user perspectives.

Lisa Thurstin, American Lung Association
Lisa Thurstin is Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition coordinator and senior manager of the American Lung Association in Minnesota Clean Air Choice program.  Lisa, has served as the TC4 coordinator since 2007 and worked on alternative fuel and advanced technology development activities in Minnesota and across the upper Midwest since 2001.

Gillian Innes, American Lung Association
Gillian is a member of Minnesota GreenCorps, an AmeriCorps program, and is serving at the American Lung Association. During her service, she has specialized in clean fuels with a focus on air quality and health benefits.

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Rochester’s Urban Forest Master Plan Virtual Community Meeting - Online Event

The Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) project provides a forum for community engagement, a shared vision, and a strategic, long-term road map for the management of Rochester’s urban forest resources. Community members are encouraged to join for an informational and engaging virtual public meeting.  There will be an opportunity hear the UFMP progress and timeline, learn about initial findings, and provide invaluable input to finalize the Plan’s vision, goals, and short- and long-term strategies for the management and enhancement of Rochester’s urban forest.

Urban forests and community health are inextricably linked; the better an urban forest, the greater a community’s health. A community that is engaged with its urban forest will responsibly plant, care for, and nurture its trees, while inspiring others to do the same and supporting the City’s urban forest management program. A thriving urban forest is only possible through a civic commitment and partnerships shared by all.

Click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87112364593

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Living in the Futures Past – Transition Rochester Film Festival

No one can predict how major changes might emerge from the spontaneous actions of the many. Jeff Bridges, alongside prominent scientists and authors, offers this reflection on the environmental challenges facing the world today.

Location: Gray Duck Theater, 619 6th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased online at https://grayducktheater.com/.

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