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Two Major Sustainability Conferences Hosted in Omaha This Week

Two prominent national conferences are being hosted in Omaha this week, including the Energy Innovation Summit and the Meeting of the Minds. Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle will participate in several events at each conference, along with the City of Omaha’s Sustainability Coordinator, Kristi Wamstad-Evans. Both events are invitation only, drawing a national attendance and even international attendance for the Meeting of the Minds.



“The City of Omaha is proud to help develop our community’s reputation as a leader in the green economy and on energy and sustainability issues,” Mayor Suttle said. “I applaud the efforts of Kristi Wamstad-Evans who worked hard on behalf of Omaha to help secure both of these events and help make them successful.”

The Energy Innovation Summit, hosted by the Kauffman Foundation, is the first follow-up meeting to the White House Conference on Energy Innovation that was held in Washington D.C. in May. The Summit will take place on Wednesday, June 16th. The Summit will draw entrepreneurs, state government officials, federal government leadership, selected private sector leaders, nonprofit leaders and energy innovators to Omaha to build strong regional collaboration and networks.

“The goal of the Energy Innovation Summit is for leaders across sectors to discuss challenges and opportunities in transferring unique, energy innovations to the market for use,” Wamstad-Evans said. Topics of discussion will include: regional innovation in energy, state level policies, cross-sector partnerships, and human capital. Key sponsors and supporters of the Energy Innovation Summit include: The Kauffman Foundation, Gallup, HDR, Inc. and the City of Omaha. About 120 attendees are expected. For more information about the Energy Innovation Summit, please see the attached media advisory from the Kauffman Foundation.

The Meeting of the Minds, presented and hosted by the Urban Age Institute and Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, is a leadership summit for building sustainable cities. The meeting brings together more than 200 leaders from 15 countries with local and regional public, private and independent sustainability stakeholders. The goal for Meeting of the Minds is to bring leaders together from across sectors to share ideas and develop a common agenda to building sustainable cities. Both the City of Omaha and the City of Lincoln are Meeting of the Minds Partners. The meeting runs June 16, 17 and 18 at Qwest Center Omaha.

In addition, a joint reception and networking event for attendees of both meetings will take place on Wednesday evening. Sustainability coordinators/directors from across the region will also meet, including those from: Omaha, Lincoln, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Wichita, Ann Arbor, Columbus (assistant) and Cleveland (assistant).

For more information about Meeting of the Minds, visit www.MeetingoftheMinds2010.org.

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