I also want to extend an invitation to join me for the BlueGreen Alliance's Solidarity for Climate Action event on October 22.
This week, I toured 67B's Ever-Green Energy with some of the Climate Action Caucus members to learn about how they turn wood waste into energy. They use Emerald Ash Borer (an invasive species) related wood waste from the metro area to use as fuel to generate steam for heating, cooling, and energy. Sitting on the Pig's Eye dump site, the plant is a promising example of environmental stewardship (and I was assured they are within environmental regulations concerning the Pig's Eye site).
This week, I had the chance to join Eastsider JoAnn Clark, Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, and SPPS Superintendent Joe Gothard to send off 200 students and parents for the 15th annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tour. As a former student of the Saint Paul Public Schools, I know we don't always have all the resources we need or want, but we were always encouraged by the passion of our staff and teachers, who organized another awesome annual event to support our next generation of leaders.
I hope you have a great rest of your weekend. Vikes or Lions tomorrow? Send me your predictions!
Rep. Jay Xiong