Action Alert

Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!

The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.

TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.

Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to

Minnesota Green Chemistry 2013: Beakers to Business Plans

Fri., January 25, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management
321 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum presents our third annual green chemistry conference, entitled "Minnesota Green Chemistry 2013: Beakers to Business Plans." This day-long conference will feature keynotes, panels and break-out sessions highlighting what it takes to bring green chemistry into the marketplace. Morning sessions will focus on research, technology, work force and labor issues, and academic partnerships. The focus of the afternoon will be business success stories and the “nuts and bolts” of implementing green chemistry for both start-ups and established companies. Dr. Paul Anastas of Yale University, one of the “fathers of green chemistry,” and Jim Hobbs, Vice President of Business Development at BioAmber, will present the keynotes.


View the full agenda. 


Online registration available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Keynote speakers

Dr. Paul Anastas
Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale.

Jim Hobbs,
Vice President of Business Development at BioAmber



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