The Value of Natural Climate Solutions in Minnesota

Adaptation in Action Webinar Series

March 21, 2023, Noon to 1:00 p.m.

A new study completed by Earth Economics for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota shows how investing in natural climate solutions pays big economic benefits in addition to producing valuable ecosystem services, such as building rich soil, filtering and storing water and providing habitat for fish and wildlife—that support our society and are vital to life. Natural climate solutions generate a great return on investment, yielding more than $8.00 in public benefit for every $1.00 spent. 

Join us on Tuesday, March 21 for our monthly Adaptation in Action webinar to learn more about the ways in which fully investing in Natural Climate Solutions can benefit all Minnesotans. 


Meredith Cornett (she/her): Meredith Cornett is the Climate Change Director for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. In addition to her position with The Nature Conservancy, Cornett is an adjunct member of the graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Conservation Sciences Program. Cornett’s expertise lies in climate change, forest ecology, restoration and science communications. Her current work at TNC is focused on Nature-Based Solutions and Resilient and Connected Lands & Waters. She and her family live in the Northwoods of Minnesota, where they tend beehives, harvest sunlight and coexist with neighbors both tame and wild.

Sachi Graber (she/they): is the Associate Director for Climate with The Nature Conservancy’s Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota chapter and leads the mitigation program there. Sachi is responsible for promoting the implementation of renewable energy, identifying policy opportunities to support climate change adaptation and mitigation, and developing support for natural climate solutions. She has co-authored 2 reports on the opportunity for Natural Climate Solutions in Minnesota and North Dakota. Sachi has previously worked with Rocky Mountain Institute and the U.S. Peace Corps. She holds an M.S. from the University of Michigan’s School for Natural Resources and Environment and a B.A. in Physics from Grinnell College.

Erin Mackey (she/her): leads the Working Lands focus area at Earth Economics. Her passion for sustainable agriculture drives her to seek solutions that simultaneously improve the well-being of farms and the environment. Born and raised in Louisiana, Erin’s experience around the muddy Mississippi inspired an interest in projects that improve the health of our water. She also spent time farming in the Panamanian jungle, surveying dairy farmers throughout rural Louisiana, and researching methods to transform human and animal waste into fertilizer across Washington state. When not encouraging co-workers to invite their pets on Zoom calls, Erin enjoys Barre class, embroidery, and graphic design. As a Project Director at Earth Economics, Erin hopes to continue developing solutions for healthy ecosystems and thriving communities

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