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Institute on the Environment 10-Year Celebration

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105 North 1st Street

Minneapolis, MN 55401

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Registration is located HERE on the U of M Tickets & Events to issue paying attendees tax-deductible receipts through the U of M Foundation.

Public registration will open in early October.

If you have a comp code, use on the wedsite HERE for your pre-registration access.

For every grand challenge, we believe there’s an even grander solution. Join fellow environmental advocates for an evening of inspiration as we celebrate the Institute on the Environment’s first 10 years — and look forward to its next chapter.

All proceeds support the ongoing work of IonE, a cross-disciplinary institute at the University of Minnesota that reaches across boundaries to solve our biggest environmental challenges and foster the next generation of environmental leaders. We envision a world in which sustainable agriculture provides for everyone’s needs; renewable energy powers all homes; our clean water supply is shared wisely; and thriving ecosystems support healthy, resilient communities. Together, we create the future.

The Event Experience

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. VIP Reception

VIP guests are invited to attend an exclusive reception with IonE Director Jessica Hellmann, the winners of the first-ever IonE Solutions Prize, and members of the institute’s faculty leadership council and advisory board. The reception will feature a signature cocktail and heavy hors d'oeuvres along with opportunities to meet and mingle with IonE’s most influential supporters. VIP ticket holders only.

6:45 - 7:30 p.m. General Reception

Enjoy sustainable nibbles as you take in Backyard Phenology’s Climate Chaser camper, the People of IonE photography exhibition and more. Your ticket includes drink coupons, and a cash bar will be available.

7:30 - 8:15 p.m. Seated Program

Highlights of the evening’s program include...

  • A performance of the Climate Quartet

  • Remarks from University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler

  • Director Jessica Hellmann’s vision for the future of the Institute on the Environment

  • The announcement of the winners of the first-ever IonE Solutions Prize, who will give talks about their inspiring work

8:15 - 9:00 p.m. Solutions Prize Reception

No need to rush home! Enjoy dessert, coffee and drinks, while we celebrate the winners of the Solutions Prize, reflect on the evening’s program, and look forward to the future of IonE.

Event Partners & Sponsors


Environmental Initiative
Great Plains Institute

Chowgirls Killer Catering
Eat for Equity
Mighty Axe Hops

Questions? Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d love to hear from you.

Jan Gerstenberger, Director,
Partnerships and Development

Kimberly Long,
Events Coordinator

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Parking Information:


  • WW Parking Inc, off Azine Way and 2nd Ave behind Bachelor Farmer or on 2nd Ave N and N 2nd St

  • Interstate Parking, across the street from Aria on 1st St N

  • Impark, covered parking garage at 25 North First Street

  • On-street Parking: There are a number of city parking meters outside Aria's main entrance on North First Street and on the surrounding blocks.

  • Carpooling, busing and biking are always great options as well!

The University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment leads the way toward a future in which people and the environment prosper together.

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105 North 1st Street

Minneapolis, MN 55401

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