EarthFest Expo 2023

Join us for the 9th Annual EarthFest Expo. FREE ADMISSION!

Hosted by KTTC's Darian Leddy

Joel Magnuson, PhD

10:30 AM

JOEL MAGNUSON, Ph.D. is an economist, writer, speaker, and affiliated professor of economics at Portland State University. Magnuson has written five books including “The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy”, which forms the basis of his presentation.

Book foreword by Helena Norberg-Hodge (founder and director of Local Futures, a non-profit organization dedicated to the evitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the trengthening of local communities and economies worldwide):

The Approaching Great Transformation is about the coming shift in how we act and think in the world economically as the era of cheap oil comes to an end.

The purpose of this book is to provide inspiration for those seeking the ongoing global effort to move away from our dependency on fossil fuels and ceaseless growth, and towards a more sustainable, stable, and just system. With vision and deliberate action communities around the world can break out of habitual ways of producing and consuming things and move optimistically toward something better. The Approaching Great Transformation provides a philosophical basis and guidelines for citizens who are working to develop new and very different economic institutions that are centered on self-reliance, ecological permanence, stability, and a celebration of human creativity. In time, these institutional developments will lead to the positive evolution of economic systems
and human culture. In this book, economist Joel Magnuson documents examples and stories of this work that is already being done.

The Approaching Great Transformation extends the ideas put forth in Magnuson’s previous book, Mindful Economics.

Speaker Series

Classroom 1

9:15 - 10:15 am

Home Heating with Heat Pumps: How to Prepare and What to Know
Is your natural gas furnace reaching the end of its life and need a replacement? Have you considered a heat pump installation but don’t know where to start? This course will walk through the process of converting your home to a heat pump, including discussions around readiness, working with contractors to receive bids, and what to expect after installation.

10:30 am - 12:45 pm

Toward A Livable Post Carbon Economy
Keynote Speaker: Joel Magnuson, PhD

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Shaped By Water
Water is everywhere—calling us, showing us the way, and teaching us to flow around life’s obstacles—and we must protect it. We must be good stewards of the Earth and protect what God has given us, so our children may joyfully explore and thrive in the world we leave them.

Classroom 2

9:15 - 10:15 am

Energy Appreciation
Everything we do requires energy, from our homes, our food, to travel. We take this energy for granted, but as resources deplete, it will be beneficial to understand the future implications so you can begin preparing now.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Solar Energy for Your Home or Business
Is solar right for you? Does solar work in Minnesota? How much energy can it produce? What are the costs? What incentives are available? Is there maintenance? Come learn the answers to these questions and more. There will be many photos of installations.

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Anatomy of an Urban Homestead
Urban Homesteading is the term often used to describe city dwellers who are using their urban space to
become more food self-sufficient. It’s a collection of skills that allows you to reduce food costs and increase food quality while also reducing your carbon footprint.

Classroom 3

9:15 - 10:15 am

Energy Bills 101-Understand Your
Bills and Save Energy Energy bills hold insightful information about energy use. What can be done to reduce a bill? This interactive session will help attendees interpret their energy bills, identify usage patterns, discover
reasons behind their usage levels, and discover relevant energy and money-saving strategies. Bring your energy bills and all your questions!

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Sustainable Living in Rochester
Are you interested in living more sustainably but don’t quite know where to start? This course will provide a better understanding of the means and methods to a sustainable life starting with your home and diet and covering ideas for earthfriendly transportation, cleaning, and purchasing.

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Introduction to Permaculture
Permaculture will form the basis of a more sustainable future. In this class we will learn its origin, ethics, principals, and how we can apply these at the personal and community level.

Mayo Clinic Joins Better Climate Challenge

Mayo Clinic joined the Better Climate Challenge in 2022, an initiative launched by the Department of Energy that encourages organizations to set ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Mayo Clinic is committed to cutting certain greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and reducing energy use by 20% within 10 years.
Health care is responsible for 8.5% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., according to Health Affairs. Hospitals generate more than one-third of those emissions. Eliminating greenhouse gas emissions also can reduce or eliminate other pollutants, such as nitrous oxides, sulfur oxides and particulate matter that are harmful to the health of communities.

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Mayo Clinic will focus its reduction efforts on energy, transportation and other emissions, such as from anesthetic gases and refrigerants.

Mayo has worked to reduce energy consumption for many years in a pace and manner that maintains the highest safety and quality in patient care. For example, in 2011, the institution set a goal to reduce energy consumption in Rochester by 20% by 2020. Mayo Clinic reached that goal in 2017, almost three years ahead of schedule, resulting in $26 million in cumulative energy savings.

The savings were achieved through projects like:

  • Installing energy-efficient LED lighting in buildings and staff ramps
  • Updating to more efficient computer workstations
  • Recalibrating building automation systems that control a building’s energy needs
  • Resealing ducts
  • Using energy-efficient designs in new construction

The RITE School of Sustainable Living

The mission of the RITE School is to provide an inclusive and welcoming place that fosters vibrant communities by encouraging creativity and sustainability through the teaching of diverse historical and contemporary skills. The RITE School is sponsored by Rochester Community Education and Rochester Public Schools.

Initially conceived in Spring 2021, room 109 at Northrop Education Center was transformed into the RITE Room and had its Grand Opening in October 2022.

Why is the RITE School Important for our Community? The school supports Rochester’s emission reduction goals, the work of the future Sustainability & Resilience Commission, and helps develop a desirable Post Carbon Economy in preparation for the coming Energy Descent.

What Skills Will We need in the coming Energy Descent? We will need both “Soft” and “Hard” skills. Soft skills include critical thinking, group facilitation, conversation, preparing healthy food, and community building. Hard skills that require technical abilities and experience such as growing and harvesting food, food preservation, bicycle repair, ecological skills, medicinal and injury healing knowledge, and much more.

We are continuing to offer more classes so check online for the latest offerings. Current classes are listed below, many of which are free and sponsored by EarthFest and the Destination Medical Center (DMC).

  • *Adapt to our Changing Climate
  • *Energy Appreciation
  • *Sustainable Living in Rochester
  • *Introduction to Permaculture Design
  • *Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness
  • *Anatomy of an Urban Homestead
  • Plan your Garden for Seed Saving
  • Preserving the Harvest
  • Solar Case Studies and Consumer Protection
  • Starting Seeds Indoors for the Outdoor Garden
  • Live Green/Leave Green
  • Basic Electricity
  • Beginner Organic Gardening
  • Bike Lanes, Bike Boxes, and Cycletracks
  • Cold Process Goat Milk Soap Making
  • Realities of Buying Electric Vehicles
  • Home Heating with Heat Pumps
  • Incentives (EV’s, solar, heat pumps…)
  • Social Justice, Equity, and Infrastructure
  • Solar Energy for Your Home or Business
  • Neighborhood Energy Challenge
  • Urban Water Stewards

Are you ready for summer?

Rochester Community Education Youth Enrichment Programming provides a variety of opportunities for all students in Grades K-12. Brain Boosters, Service Learning, Fine Arts, Sports, Leadership, and much more!

EarthFest Expo Vendors

Vendor BoothsCategoryProduct
Northrop Community EducationEducationThe RITE School
Habitat for HumanityNon-Profit Affordable Housing
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) Non-Profit Public Radio
Zumbro Valley Audubon Non-Profit Conservation/Habitat
Citizen Climate Lobby Non-Profit Climate Change Policy
DMC Sustainable Living Sustainable Development
Master Naturalists Sustainable Living Gardening
Minnesota Energy Resources Green Building Energy Efficiency
Olmsted County Environmental Government Waste Management
Rochester Energy Commission Government Energy Policy
Sierra Club Non-Profit Clean Energy Advocacy
All Energy Solar Renewable Energy Solar Installation
Peoples Food Coop Sustainable Living Local Foods
Rochester Area Foundation Non-Profit Philanthropy
XRG Concepts Green Building Residential Energy Rating
AARP Sustainable Living Communities For All Ages
Citizen Utility Board of Minnesota Green Building Consumer Advocacy
MN 350 Non-Profit Clean Energy Advocacy
Nurture in Nature Education Nature-Based Play & Learning
Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) Renewable Energy Clean Energy
Olmsted Soil & Water (SWCD) Government Natural Resource Conservation
Solar Connection Renewable Energy Solar Installation

Schedule of Events

All Month

Audubon Bird Walks
April 1,13,15,16

Community Food Response
Every Mon, Wed, Fri in April

Nurture in Nature
Every Saturday in April

April 4

Trivia Night
Little Thistle Brewery | 6:30 pm

April 12

Uncivilization-The Dark Mountain Manifesto
Northrop Education Center | 6:30 pm

April 15

Olmsted Waste-to-Energy Facility Open House
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bike Lanes, Bike Boxes & Cycle Tracks
Northrop Education Center
12:00 – 2:30 pm

Celebrate Earth Day at the Restore
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

April 16

We Bike Sustainability Ride
3:00 pm

Green Home Open House
See website for directions
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

April 18

Film Night: Decoding the Driftless
Pop’s Art Theater | 6:30 pm

April 22

EarthFest Expo
Northrop Education Center
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

April 23

Green Drinks w/Joel Magnuson
Forager Barrel Room | 5:30 pm

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XRG Concepts