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Paving the Way to Justice 40

MNIPL is excited to sponsor Paving the Way to Justice 40: Minnesota’s Diverse Voices Forging Equitable Participation in the Future of Clean Energy Forum.

On Monday, June 5, Minnesota’s Environmental Justice advocates are coming together to chart a course forward for full, equitable participation of our state’s Indigenous and BIPOC communities in the rapidly unfolding clean energy revolution.

New Federal investments and State policies have launched an era of investment in clean energy infrastructure, electrification, and decarbonization that will be breathtaking in its scope and speed of advancement.

Join us at Metro State University in St. Paul to learn about these new opportunities and network with the experts shaping these initiatives!

Click here for the event schedule and to register!


Our Conveners are Senator Tou Xiong, Representative Athena Hollins, and Representative Fue Lee. Our Lead Speaker is Brenda Cassillius, new Executive Director of Fresh Energy Minnesota.

Key presenters include:

  • Dr. Pete Wyckoff, Assistant Commissioner of Federal and State Initiatives at the Department of Commerce
  • Nicki Leingang, Constituent Services Director, US Representative Ilhan Omar’s Office
  • Gabriel Chan, Lead Faculty University of Minnesota Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center
  • Jose Perez, Hispanics in Energy
  • Nazir Khan, Campaign Director, Environmental Justice Table
  • Juventino Meza, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
  • Emilia Avalos, Unidos Minnesota
  • Pouya Najmaie, Cooperative Energy Futures
  • and more!

The lunch program will recognize leaders who have significantly contributed to advancing Minnesota’s environmental justice/clean energy policy this year. Lunch is sponsored by the McKnight Foundation.


Funds raised from all sponsors will go to the MNIPL Diverse Communities Outreach Fund. Special thanks to:

  • Citizens Utility Board (CUB)
  • Fresh Energy
  • Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
  • Hispanics in Energy
  • PTR Associates, LLC
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Minnesota’s Climate & Environmental Justice Team
  • Community Power
  • Unidos MN
  • Metro State University

Click here to become a sponsor. We’d love to add your organization’s name to the list!

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Mon, June 5, 2023
8:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT


Metro State University
700 7th St E
St Paul, MN 55106
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Juventino Meza