Welcome & Introduction to the Series

The Morris Model will be hosting and facilitating a series of discussions centered around community resiliency with community members, community leaders, and experts. The goal is to engage our community and think about it means for us to be resilient, how we become more resilient, and why it matters. Planning is currently underway, but look for more info in late January! This work is made possible through support from the West Central Initiative and the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), as well as Morris Model partner organizations.

What is resiliency?

Resiliency is the ability of a system or a community to survive disruption and to anticipate, adapt, and flourish in the face of change.

Goals of the series:

  1. Community engagement

  2. Expanding local awareness and knowledge capacity for action

  3. Create an actionable resiliency plan for the community for adoption by the Planning Commission and City Council

RSVP to the welcome and introductory event or learn more here.


The Morris Model has been hard at work assessing and leading dialogue on how our community can be more resilient and be more prepared for future changes due to changing weather. The Morris Model held a similar discussion series in 2014 called the Rural Climate Dialogue organized by the Jefferson Center and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. This 3-day event brought together Morris residents to discuss the impact of Minnesota’s changing weather and to identify steps they felt our community should take to prepare for it. In March of 2015, the Office of Sustainability at the University of Minnesota, Morris was awarded a grant by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to assist the community in extreme weather and resilience planning. Out of these meetings came the Morris Model Community Resilience Plan in 2016. 

The Morris Model also brought our community partners and leaders together in 2018 for the Climate Smart Municipality Strategic Planning Retreat held at Camp Ripley to discuss goals for our community of Morris, Stevens County, and west-central Minnesota. The retreat was made possible by a West Central Initiative Community Planning Grant. ​Over 30 community leaders and representatives were brought together from city and county government, the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission (SCEIC), Morris Area Public Schools, UMN Morris, USDA Soils Lab, and WCROC, Denco II ethanol plant, Ottertail Power, Riverview LLP, and Superior Industries. The representatives brainstormed goals and projects for all community partners.


The group then formed and ratified the Morris Model Strategic Plan.

The plan includes the "Big 3" goals:

  1. Produce 80% of the energy consumed in the county by 2030

  2. Reduce energy consumption 30% by 2030

  3. No land-filling of waste generated within the county by 2025

The plan also has goals within 4 areas:

  1. Energy – Generation, Efficiency, and Integration

  2. Transportation – (e.g. Electric and Bio-fuel transition at all levels)

  3. Waste Reduction and Recycling

  4. Energy and Resiliency Education at all levels

RSVP to the Introductory Events!

More details and future discussion series events to be announced! RSVP below to receive more info.

  • Tue, Feb 02
    Online Event
    The Morris Model: Looking Back & Ahead
    The Morris Model partnership has many new updates, and is excited to announce an upcoming webinar to kick off the new year and introduce the member organizations and community at large to the guiding spirit and philosophy of the Morris Model initiative as well as the completed, on-going, and planned
  • Time is TBD
    Online Event
    Community Resiliency Discussion Series
    The Morris Model plans to bring together our community leaders and members to discuss resiliency. Resiliency is the ability of a system or a community to survive disruption and to anticipate, adapt, and flourish in the face of change.
Come back soon for more info and dates on the Community Resiliency Discussion Series!


  • Facebook Social Icon