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Investing In Minnesota's future: an agenda for sustaining our quality of life
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The Minnesota Round Table on Sustainable Development proposes steps for aligning economic, environmental and social goals
Date: May 27, 1998
Subject(s): Environmental policy; Sustainable development
Publisher: Minnesota Planning (Agency)
In this report to Governor Arne H. Carlson, the 30 members of the Minnesota Round Table on Sustainable Development invite Minnesotans to consider a new path to progress. Sustainable development ties together the well-being of people and communities, the health and diversity of the environment and the economy, and the quality of life for future generations.
Among the Round Table's chief proposals: Raise awareness and understanding of sustainable development through schools, public forums and business forums
Adopt new measures of progress that reflect the interdependence of Minnesota's economy, environment and communities
Support communities and businesses in pursuing sustainable development
Adjust government purchasing practices, environmental regulations and other policies to encourage sustainable practices and business innovation
Establish a Minnesota Center for Sustainable Development to engage citizens, organizations, businesses, governments and communities
"We were surprised and delighted to see 30 people from such diverse backgrounds as agri-business and the Audubon Society, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minneapolis Phillips Community find consensus around sustainable development," said Round Table co-chair Anita Ryan. Fellow co-chair Nelson T. French agreed: "When people take the time, as we did, to look at how we can make certain our grandkids have a healthy place to live, they find the answers."
Sustainable development ties together the well-being of people and communities, the health and diversity of the environment and the economy, and the quality of life for future generations. Melanie Benjamin, Representative of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa
Members of the Minnesota Round Table on Sustainable Development
Eric Bloomquist, Chief Executive Officer, Colonial Craft; Forestry Team, Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative
John Bowers, Retired Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
Kim Carlson, President and Owner, Cities Management, Inc.; Charter Officer, Business for Social Responsibility
Tom Cochrane, Director, AgriGrowth Council; Agriculture Team, Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative
Kathryn Draeger, President, Environmental Ground, Inc.
Steve Erdall (Advisor), President, Western State Bank
Nelson French, Round Table Co-chair; Executive Director, Friends of the Minnesota Valley; Former Director, the Nature Conservancy; Co-chair, Minerals Team, Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative
Cindy Hayden, Associate Publisher, Lake Superior Magazine; Co-chair, Recreation Team, Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative
Doug Hildre, Environmental Director, United Defense, L.P.; Environmental Committee Chair, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
George Honadle, Consultant on Sustainable Development to the United Nations, World Bank, Agency for International Development, World Wildlife Fund and Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative; Adjunct Professor, College of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota
Randy Jorgenson, Executive Director, Southwest Regional Development Council; Co-chair, Advisory Council on Community-Based Planning
James Kubiak, Chief Executive Officer, Membran Corporation
James Nelson, Financial Administrator, Honeywell, Inc.
Ralph Lentz, Past Chairman, Minnesota Sustainable Farming Association; Agriculture Team, Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative
Barbara Lukermann, President, Citizens League; Professor of Land Planning, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota; Co-chair, Settlement Team, Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative
Diane Lynch, District Administrator, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Alfred Marcus, Professor, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota; Co-founder, Collaborative for a Better Environment and Economy; Manufacturing Team, Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative
Jean Michaels, Olmsted County Commissioner; Member, National Association of Counties, and Association of Minnesota Countiesí Sustainable Development Task Forces
Chris Radatz, Legislative Policy Analyst, Minnesota Farm Bureau
Allison Rajala, President, True North Public Relations
Anita Ryan, Round Table Co-chair; Principal, C. McFarlane Associates; Co-owner, St. Paul Brass and Aluminum; Member, Manufacturing Team, Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative
Patricia Schmid, Member, Izaak Walton League of America; National Audubon Society
Scott Schuler, Environmental Director, Printing Industries of Minnesota
Brett Smith, Member, Sierra Club; Pollution Prevention Consultant
James Stanton, Chief Executive Officer, Shamrock Development, Inc.; Past President, Buildersí Association of Minnesota; Past President, Minnesota Association of Realtors
Jonathan Wilmshurst, Regional President, CAMAS Minnesota Inc. (sand and gravel business); Minerals Team, Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative
Molly Woehrlin, Former Rice County Commissioner; Co-chair, 1996 Sustainable Economic Development and Environmental Protection Task Force; Co-chair, Settlement Team, Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative
Annie Young, Associate Director, The Green Institute; Community Activist and Resident of Phillips Neighborhood, Minneapolis; Commissioner, Minneapolis Park Board
Bob Bringer (Special Advisor), 3M Emeritus Executive; World Business Council on Sustainable Development (liaison for 3M chairman); Member, Natural Resources Task Force, Presidentís Council on Sustainable Development; Former Chairman, Corporate Conservation Council, National Wildlife Federation; Co-chair, Manufacturing Team, Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative