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Smart City - Smart North. Session 3: Building Smarter Sustainable Communities and Cities


Tracy Nordstrom
Towerside Innovation District, President

I am a placemaker committed to creating community around partnership, engagement, and big ideas. With a focus on equity, resilience and climate protection, I am leading Towerside Innovation District to move the market in energy, water and place. Technology helps us improve both people and planet!

Russ Stark
City of Saint Paul, Chief Resilience Officer

Russ Stark is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Saint Paul working in Mayor Melvin Carter’s Office. Previously, Russ Served for 10 years on the Saint Paul City Council including three years as Council President. Prior to his public service, he worked at nonprofits focused on community development, environmental advocacy, and improved transportation options, including early planning for what is now the Green Line LRT. Russ has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Swarthmore College and a Master’s of Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.

Kim Havey
City of Minneapolis, Director of Sustainability

Kim Havey is the Director of the Division of Sustainability for the City of Minneapolis. He is responsible for the development of policy and programs that support the city’s Climate Action Goals and elevate racial and environmental justice initiatives throughout the City of Minneapolis with a priority on the City’s Green Zones.

Nina Axelson
Ever-Green Energy, Vice President of Sustainability and Outreach
Deepinder Singh
75f, CEO

Deepinder Singh founded 75F in 2012 after having designed some of the world’s fastest core networks for Tier 1 service providers like AT&T, NTT and Verizon. With almost 25 years of experience in electronics and computing, he’s brought a wealth of embedded products to the market. His key goal in every endeavor is to simplify operational complexity and make products intuitive. 

Ben Wallace
Minify Energy, Co-founder & Building Solutions Consultant

Co-founder at Minify Energy. Building Solutions consultant helping people & their buildings run SMART, CLEAN & WELL. Leads business development, consulting, project development/ implementation, go-to-market programs, and community engagement to accelerate smart, sustainable energy adoption (building controls, efficient HVAC + IAQ, COVID-19 pathogen abatement, LED Lighting, Smart Street Lights, EV charging, solar arrays, +). Market experience with energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainability, building automation, IoT, IT integration, health + wellness, data analytics, Design/Development, UX +. Co-founder & Steering Committee at Smart North (sustainability + smart technology focus). Vice President of BIG - Building Intelligence Group


The Twin Cities have come together to build smart and sustainable collaboration centers to foster entrepreneurial-ism and innovation around energy solutions that deliver resiliency, minimize climate impact and assure healthy sustainable working environments. Join entrepreneurs and sustainability leaders from the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul as they share how their city plans, development and implementation have leveraged smart, sustainable technologies for climate and human livelihood.