GPI Events

Want to learn about our work? Meet our experts in person? Hash out a new idea? Come to one of our events!

Upcoming Events

Metro CERT Annual Event

Date: October 1, 2020

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Location: Webinar

Join Metro CERT for a focused conversation about the rebuild efforts across the Twin Cities in the wake of George Floyd’s killing.

We will hear from community members—including Ruhel Islam, owner of Gandhi Mahal restaurant, a business owner with a history of clean energy improvements—about their efforts and needs, and about the ways state and local entities can and are providing resources related to clean energy and resilience.

Past Events

Center Out: A Strategy for Climate Success

Date: June 25, 2020

Time: 1:00pm (Central)

Location: Streaming Live

Join President & CEO Rolf Nordstrom as he and our program experts share highlights of our work at the forefront of America’s transition to a zero-carbon economy. The conversation will be streamed live on GPI’s YouTube channel.


1:00 pm: Welcome & Introduction, Morgan Zehner, Director of Development

1:05pm: Center Out: A Strategy for Climate Success, Rolf Nordstrom, President & CEO

1:25pm: GPI Leadership Panel: The New Landscape of the Clean Energy Transition

  • Brad Crabtree, Carbon Management
  • Brendan Jordan, Transportation & Fuels
  • Lola Schoenrich, Communities
  • Doug Scott, Electricity & Efficiency

Moderator: Gail Nosek, Communications Director

1:50pm: Supporter Remarks, Lynn K. Hobbie, Madison Gas and Electric

1:55pm: Concluding Remarks

Please join us for what promises to be a compelling conversation about how we can build the momentum necessary to meet our climate obligations and jump start a sustainable economic recovery that advances our clean energy transformation.

2020 Climate Leadership Conference

Date: March 6, 2020

Great Plains Institute is proud to be a supporting partner for this international conference, dedicated to addressing the climate crisis through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Find out more and receive a 15 percent discount on your registration using the code CLC-GPI-15.

Metro CERT Annual Event

Date: October 10, 2019

Time: 4:00-7:30 pm

Location: St Louis Park Rec Center

Learn about areas of clean energy action happening in our region, connect with leaders in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and join with us to take action. Food will be provided during this free event.

Xcel Energy 2019 Integrated Distribution Planning Stakeholder Meeting

Date: September 25, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Minneapolis Marriott City Center

Please join us on Wednesday, September 25th for a stakeholder workshop to learn about Xcel Energy’s 2019 Integrated Distribution Plan. This event will provide an overview of key components of the 2019 plan and an opportunity for stakeholder Q&A.

National Drive Electric Week

Start date: September 14, 2019

End date: September 22, 2019

National Drive Electric Week, September 14-22, 2019, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully done so.

e21 Forum: Collaborative Projects on Developing Minnesota’s 21st Century Energy System

Date: August 26, 2019

Time: 8 am - 12 pm

Location: The Woman's Club of Minneapolis

e21 | Forum

The e21 initiative invites you to a discussion with Minnesota-based energy leaders who took part in Rocky Mountain Institute’s 2019 eLab Accelerator. From decarbonizing natural gas to advancing battery storage deployment, these teams will present on the problems that they are trying to solve, their progress, and their next steps. Learn about these four teams and their strides to advance a 21st-century energy system in Minnesota.

Teams and topic areas include:

  • Decarbonizing Minnesota’s Natural Gas End-Uses
  • GridMod Squad
  • Great River Energy Comprehensive Planning
  • Battery Storage Game Plan

Vision for Stillwater’s Energy Future

Date: July 9, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm-8 pm

Location: Trinity Lutheran Church 115 4th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 United States

Join the Sustainable Stillwater Energy Working Group (EWG) for a listening session that aims to gather input from city residents/stakeholders to formulate an energy vision for the city of Stillwater. The EWG is looking for your input to guide our efforts for a clean energy future.

The Energy Working Group emphasizes the move to renewable energy and increased energy conservation to reduce our carbon footprint while improving the health and sustainability of our community. Our work supports the City of Stillwater’s GreenSteps program and extends to businesses, schools and residential properties. The event is co-hosted by Conversation Minnesota and Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs). Great Plains Institute directs the 11 county Twin Cities metro region of CERTs.

PJM States Expert Workshop: States and RTOs in Changing Times

Date: June 12, 2019

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Hilton Lexington Downtown 369 W Vine St Magnolia Room Lexington, KY 40507

Join the Great Plains Institute and the Nicholas Institute at Duke University in Lexington, Kentucky as they present an expert stakeholder workshop on the important issues facing states and stakeholder in PJM in 2019.

GreenStep Cities March Workshop: Mobility & Electric Vehicles

Date: March 6, 2019

Time: 9-11 AM

Location: League of Minnesota Cities, 145 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103

Join us on March 6th as we hear from cities and local experts share with us their experiences with shared mobility and electric vehicles. Topics will include:

  • Introduction to shared mobility
  • City speakers on micro-mobility, electric scooters, electric vehicles, shared transit
  • Cities Charging Ahead!: a cohort of 28 cities exploring electric vehicle readiness

Webinar: Best Practices in Solar Planning and Zoning

Date: February 21, 2019

Time: 1-2:30 PM

Location: Webinar

As solar projects proliferate in agricultural areas, local governments are enacting development standards to ensure that solar farm development creates agricultural, environmental and water quality co-benefits.