Commerce official to speak on carbon neutral issues in VC

The presentation is June 15.

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Tom Oakland
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The presentation titled “Can North Dakota Be Carbon Neutral by 2030? Governor Burgum’s Plan” will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Rhoades Science Center on the campus of Valley City (N.D.) State University. The event is sponsored by “What in the World Is Going On?”.

Tom Oakland, business development and research manager at the North Dakota Department of Commerce, will be the guest speaker. Oakland has been involved with energy most of his career, working at the Minot Air Force Base as the energy manager and as system engineer for the DryFine system at Coal Creek Station. In 2020, he started Automow of North Dakota, bringing robotic lawn mowers to the residential and commercial sectors of North Dakota. In 2021, Oakland began his position at the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

Oakland will define what is meant by carbon neutral and identify the North Dakota plan to become carbon neutral by 2030. He will list the carbon sequestration projects on the horizon in North Dakota and what plans are being made to reduce the carbon footprint related to agriculture yet support farmers. He will discuss various topics related to this subject.

What in the World is Going On? is a VCSU campus and community group.
Those people unable to attend in person can participate virtually via Zoom. Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Everyone is invited to attend this free presentation. For more information, call 701-845-7321 or look on Facebook.

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