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July 2019 Newsletter

Greetings RE-AMPers!

There are lots of activities happening throughout the Network this month! In the Connections section, learn more about how to get involved in some new and exciting Action Teams and get your nominations in for Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 awards program before the deadline. Check out the Collective Strategy section to see who has been selected to the Utilities Task Force and how they will conduct their work going forward, and find information on the Rapid Response Fund. Use the Capacity Building section to mark your calendars with upcoming events around the Network including a webinar on Effective Collaboration in Networks and the Academics and Advocates convening.

Have a story to share? Connect with Community Manager, Sarah Ann Shanahan today at




Join the Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled Action Team by Gregg May!

We had a fantastic conversation at the Annual Meeting discussing strategies to reduce transportation-based greenhouse gas emissions. We are forming a Level 1 Action Team to scope out basic strategies and goals around reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT) at the local level.

Transportation remains the nation’s number one source of greenhouse gas emissions. Nationwide, VMT continues to increase. In order to effectively combat climate change, we need to reduce the amount people are driving. This new action team will focus on reducing VMT at the local level, and is exploring opportunities to do so. Initial ideas include providing resources, best practices, or tool kits to help cities and counties combat VMT and lower emissions.

Join us in the fight against transportation greenhouse gas emissions! We plan on starting the action team this summer. Email Gregg May at to be added to the list.


Join the Intersection of Water & Climate Action Team!

Members are exploring ideas that can simultaneously increase people’s access to clean water and meaningfully impact on greenhouse gas emissions.To find out more contact Meredith Gillies at



Seeking Emerging Leaders at the Leading Edge of the Clean Energy Economy

RE-AMP is a proud partner of the 5th annual Midwest Energy News ‘40 Under 40’ awards program that seeks to highlight emerging leaders throughout the region who work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. The program is open to anyone who is under the age of 40 at the time of their nomination. We are looking to showcase leaders from all sectors—including industry, government, regulatory, business, academia, non-profit and advocacy—and nominations will be accepted until 5:00 pm CT on August 2nd. Do you know a strong emerging leader who fits these criteria? Nominate your leader(s) today.


Collective Strategy


RE-AMP Task Force Takes on Equitably Decarbonizing Utilities in the Midwest!

Our RE-AMP Network has set an audacious North Star goal: to equitably eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the Midwest by 2050. A new task force with diverse expertise has come together to understand the system that perpetuates inequity and pollution, and to suggest ways to change the behavior of the system at the root cause level. But they won’t be doing it alone! They will conduct interviews with a broad range of people both within and outside our network, synthesize the results, and come together in a strategy session propose ways to change the way the system behaves. From there, other members will take up planning for a network-wide summit on equitably decarbonizing utilities. That summit will take place November 14 & 15 in Chaska, Minnesota. Stay tuned to this newsletter for updates as the task force progresses! Thanks to the members who have joined up!

  • Bob Blake (Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light)
  • Courtney Hanson (People for Community Recovery)
  • Robin Lisowski (Slipstream)
  • Miguel Yanez (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)
  • Nicole Donaghy (Dakota Resource Council)
  • Uma Outka (Climate + Energy Project)
  • Carolyn Berninger (Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy)
  • Scott Blankman (Clean Wisconsin)
  • Lisa Daniels (Windustry)


Funding Opportunity: Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Rapid Response Fund

We are interested in supporting non-profit organizations that encounter unexpected needs or changed circumstances in the course of ongoing campaigns or multi-state initiatives. Grants from the fund will be prioritized for needs that require rapid turnaround. The fund is not intended to cover core operating budgets or to address shortfalls in annual fundraising efforts.  The fund may only be used for non-lobbying expenses of 501(c)(3) organizations.

Key Areas of Interest

  •   Defend against emerging attempts to weaken or eliminate existing Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS), Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) or other utility sector clean energy policies.
  •   Take advantage of unexpected opportunities to expand or strengthen those policies.
  •   Intervene in rate cases that present new opportunities to incentivize energy efficiency or renewable energy including vigorously opposing increases in fixed charges.

 For more information go to the Commons —-> Activity ——> Funding—–> Rapid Response

Capacity Building


Equitable Energy Storage: Lunch & Learn Webinar

Join Jeremy Richardson from the Union of Concerned Scientists and Celeste Flores from Faith In Place for a discussion on the importance of energy storage and the need for equity around this emerging and quickly expanding technology. They will also talk about their involvement in the recently released “Principles of Equitable Policy Design for Energy Storage” which brought together more than 25 organizations representing a wide variety of interests including environmental justice, energy, labor, consumer, faith, policy, and more.  Join us on July 22nd from 12-1 p.m. CT. Register Here!


Effective Collaboration in Networks by Gail Francis

I recently completed some research into effective collaboration within networks like ours, and the role that perceptions of fairness play in enabling collaboration. Many of you contributed by taking a research survey. I wanted to let you know that the research is now complete and that I will be giving a webinar summarizing the findings on July 25 at 11:00 CT/12:00 ET. You can register here.

To complete the research, I surveyed 85 members from 57 unique networks, engaged in facilitated dialogue with 20 network practitioners, and interviewed 12 thought leaders. Some of the most interesting findings had to do with how men and women experience different levels of fairness, and with concerns about authentic decision-making in networks. You can learn more about my research at the blog I kept along the way. I’m excited to share what I’ve found and hear your own interpretation of the data!


Translating Across Boundaries: A Convening of Academics and Advocates on Climate Change 

  • August 1-2, 2019
  • Minneapolis, MN 

This convening will be a first-of-its-kind convening to address a critical need to solving the climate change crisis: how do we engage the public and do what the science tells us is needed? The RE-AMP Network and The Energy Transition Lab (ETL), two experts in collaboration, will bring together 50 leaders from their respective networks of climate change nonprofits and academic researchers in the Upper Midwest for a day-and-a-half of deep partnership-building. Using a systems-thinking approach to connect the facts to the needs of local communities, leaders will be equipped to think bigger and bolder. Contact Sean Carroll ( to attend.

Network Orientation | July 17

Equitable Energy Storage: Lunch & Learn Webinar | July 22

Effective Collaboration in Networks | July 25

Translating Across Boundaries: A Convening of Academics and Advocates on Climate Change | August 1-2

Level Two Action Team Application Due | August 30th

Steering Committee In Person Meeting | September 16-17th

Equitably Decarbonizing Utilities Summit | November 14-15th

Network Thinking Academy | December 3-5th



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