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Join the Will Steger Foundation for a very special breakfast this year!

April 29 at the Red Stag Supper Club.

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Over 100 Minnesota Youth Lobby for a Clean Energy Future

On a nearly snowless early February day, over 100 high school youth from the Will Steger Foundation’s Youth Environmental Activists (YEA! MN) program participated in the Clean Energy & Jobs “Day on the Hill,” lobbying their state legislators and meeting with Governor Dayton to discuss how climate change will impact their future.

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Climate Ride 2015

Registration is now open. Choose the Will Steger Foundation to be the beneficiary for your ride!

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Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions

This April we will host two Climate Minnesota Convenings in Bemidji and Crookston that will connect communities through local science, stories, and solutions that encompass the broad range of climate impacts that Minnesotans are seeing now.

Bemidji: April 14 - Crookston: April 15

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2013-2014 Annual Report now available!

The Will Steger Foundation had another unbelievable year thanks to your support! We invite you to share in our accomplishments in this year's annual report.

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Summer Institute 2015

Join us for our 10th Summer Institute for Climate Change Education as we celebrate 10 years of climate science and climate change education. Hear from renowned keynote speakers Will Steger, Frank Niepold and Ben Santer. June 15-17, 2015

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  • Mike’s Climate Story, as told to Katie Siegner

    victus mike mageau2Cold weather has rarely stopped Minnesotans from going about their lives, and these days University of Minnesota-Duluth assistant professor Mike Mageau is proving that it also doesn’t have to stop fresh produce from growing year-round. Mike Mageau, assistant professor of Environment and Sustainability and Director of the Center for Sustainable Community Development at UMD, created Victus Farms a few years back to test out the sustainability and economic feasibility of an aquaponic growing system. Victus Farms houses fish tanks, greenhouses, plant and algae production troughs, with the fish waste fertilizing the plants and algae, and the algae separated into oil and organic matter, used for fuel and fish food.

    Written on Thursday, 26 March 2015 21:51 in Climate Minnesota Stories Read 31 times Read more...
  • DeAndra's Climate Story

    image003Having moved around many times as I grew up, I have been exposed to the humidity and heat of the low south and the artic temperatures of the high north. Even though I planted shallow roots in each of these places, I quickly got to know local people and deeply understand the culture of the place that I was current inhabiting. One of the most memorable experiences I encountered that really made me start thinking about climate change and the effect that it was having on me in real time was the record breaking drought in Texas.

    Written on Monday, 23 March 2015 18:18 in Climate Minnesota Stories Read 43 times Read more...
  • David's Climate Story
    Written by David Evans

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    Climate change is a complicated problem. As we’re starting to see, it will affect everything and everyone on our planet in nuanced ways, and the bulk of those effects will very likely be negative.

    This is the simple logic that compelled me to focus on energy and the environment in my education. Growing up in Northern Minnesota, going to college in Duluth and living in Minneapolis for the last few years has lead me to appreciate the diversity and beauty of Minnesota’s natural resources, and I believe it’s irresponsible to squander these resources when we have the tools to protect them. While climate change presents us with a huge challenge, it also offers equally big opportunities to move towards a more sustainable and environmentally sound future.

    Written on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:43 in Climate Minnesota Stories Read 44 times Read more...
  • Climate Change Adaptation Convenings
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    Climate Change Adaptation Convenings

    The The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships are pleased to be hosting a series of five climate change adaptation convenings in Greater Minnesota. Extension Climatologist Mark Seeley will be joining WSF to provide region-specific climate information.

    Written on Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:17 in WSF General Read 84 times Read more...
  • Exciting Opportunities this Spring!
    Written by eNewsletter

    slideshow climatemnMarch wrapped up our incredible Dine for Climate Series! We were able to highlight the farm to table connection, the importance of eating and supporting local sustainable, organic restaurants, and grow our local network of friends. At the same time, we were proud to receive a generous 30% donation from each of our partner restaurants: Birchwood Café, French Meadow Bakery and Café, Spoonriver, and Lucia’s. Thank you to our restaurant partners and everyone who joined us at one, several or all Dine for Climate events!

    Written on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 20:00 in eNewsletter Read 247 times Read more...
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The “191 Battle of the Buildings” (modeled after the EPA’s national contest) was a challenge for Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 to reduce their Carbon Footprint.  Energy reductions (calculated from buildings that saved) resulted in nearly 9% in energy reductions for the district. 

The MN GreenCorps program is a statewide AmeriCorps program, administered through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).  Member Jothsna Harris will be serving in District 191 for a total of 11 months, with a focus on energy conservation.  More information about the MN GreenCorps, please visit The MPCA website at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/.

Published in Youth Action

The Will Steger Foundation joined school districts, charter schools, businesses, local government, higher education and nonprofits at the 3M Innovation Center last week in order to "convene, connect, and foster uncommon collaboratives” through the GreenSchoolsConnect initiative. Launched in 2012, GreenSchoolsConnect (GSC) is a national collaborative initiative powered by Earth Force to accelerate a systemic approach to sustainability in school districts. GSC builds off Earth Force’s proven leadership in networking community partners, training local schools, and providing curricular resources to run service-learning and action civics programs in their community.

Published in Climate Lessons
Thursday, 30 January 2014 20:22

YEA! MN Alum Digs Into Phenology Research

Since first getting involved in the environmental movement in high school, I’ve focused a lot more on politics and organizing around environmental issues than on environmental science and research. As an Oberlin College first-year, I plan on studying environmental studies with a focus on policy. So when I had the opportunity to choose a Winter Term project (Oberlin’s version of the J-Term) for this January, I knew I wanted to mix things up and experience some of the environmental science I’d been missing out on.

Published in Climate Lessons

Youth and Veteran Mentorship

The Will Steger Foundation is proud to launch our 2013-14 Intergenerational Mentorship Program in partnership with the REAMP Network. This innovative mentorship model values both participants as learners and teachers, and supports 21 pairs of young and veteran environmental leaders across the Midwest. 

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Published in Frontpage
Thursday, 11 April 2013 13:07

Climate Lesson Update: April 2013

"Everything is Okay.  Humanity, Working Together, Solved Climate Change."

That's what the newspaper should have read this April when Dr. James Hansen announced his retirement.  It would be written about our greatest success story as a civilization, and the last paragraph would be a quiet "thank you" to Dr. Hansen for making it all possible.  Yes, if James Hansen had HIS way, that's exactly it: his life's work fulfilled.

Published in Climate Lessons
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