Action Alert

Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!

The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.

TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.

Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to

Minnesota Green Chemistry Conference 2012: Strategies for Growth

Thu., January 26, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Humphrey School of Public Affairs Conference Center
301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

This conference will explore how we can reap the benefits of promoting a healthy business environment for green chemistry here in Minnesota. In addition to keynote presenter Dr. Pat Gruber, the program will include four dynamic panels featuring Minnesota businesses leading the way in green chemistry.


8:00 a.m.    Registration, continental breakfast served
8:30 a.m.    Welcome and Opening Remarks: Eric Kaler, University of Minnesota
                    President (invited)
                    Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum: Tim Kapsner, Aveda
8:45 a.m.    Keynote: Pat Gruber, Gevo
9:30 a.m.    Panel 1: Product Improvement through Green Chemistry
10:30 a.m.  Networking Break
11:00 a.m.  Panel 2: Green Product Value Chain
12:15 p.m.  Lunch Break and Networking
1:30 p.m.    Panel 3: Minnesota Grown to Minnesota Made: The Promise of
                    Bio-Industrial Processing
2:45 p.m.    Networking Break
3:00 p.m.    Panel 4: Growing Green Chemistry in Minnesota
4:15 p.m.    Final Remarks and Closing: Steve Kelley, Director CSTPP, University of Minnesota

For additional information on the panels, download the flyer.


Online registration is available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Student:   $30.00
Nonprofit:   $75.00   
Business:   $100.00   

Keynote speakers: 

  • Pat Gruber, Chief Executive Officer of Gevo

Sponsored by IATP, University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Polymers, University of Minnesota Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy and the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum.