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Dayton appoints U of M's Kate Knuth to state environment board

Institute on the Environment Boreas Leadership Program director and former state legislator to bring wealth of experience, insights to Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

January 11, 2013

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Kate Knuth to a two-year term as a citizen member of the state’s Environmental Quality Board, effective Jan. 14.

Knuth, director of the Boreas Leadership Program at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and a graduate student in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, brings a wealth of experience in environmental protection, state government and leadership to the position. She recently completed three terms of service in the Minnesota House of Representatives, where she worked on numerous environment, energy and commerce issues. In her work at the Institute on the Environment, she creates opportunities for University students to develop leadership skills to take on environmental challenges.

The EQB is composed of the governor’s office, the heads of nine state agencies, and five citizen members. It develops plans and policies and reviews projects that have potential for impacting the quality of Minnesota’s environment.

"I’m excited to serve the people of Minnesota in a new way on the Environmental Quality Board, Knuth said. "Minnesota is home to engaged citizens, amazing natural resources and diverse economic opportunities. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to continue working for these important interests in Minnesota state government."

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment seeks lasting solutions to Earth's biggest challenges through research, partnerships and leadership development. For more information, visit

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