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CLEAN ENERGY AND JOBS DAY OF ACTION

FEATURING WILL STEGER AND EXCLUSIVE YOUTH SUMMIT WITH GOVERNOR DAYTON

April 22, 2014, 4 pm

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Youth and Veteran Environmental Leaders in Co-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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2014 Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar Series

View our archived climate and energy literacy webinar series to catch up on what you missed!

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Join one (or) three Climate Rides in 2014! Support the Will Steger Foundation at the same time!

In September 2012, as a participant of Climate Ride, I biked 300 miles along California’s coast with past board member, David Bryan. It was extremely inspiring to be surrounded by so many other people passionate about climate change solutions and to hear from other leaders in the field. 

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Youth Voices of Change: Climate Change Video Contest

The Will Steger Foundation and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are sponsoring Youth Voices of Change to raise awareness about climate change and the amazing youth engaged in solutions throughout Minnesota. Climate change is the environmental issue of our time and we believe youth have the power to make real change.

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2014 Summer Institute for Climate Change & Energy Education

August 4-6, 2014Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN 

Don't miss the May 15 early bird registration deadline for the 2014 Summer Institute for Climate Change & Energy Education! Reserve your seat now.

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  • Spotlight on an Emerging Leader: Bryn Shank, YEA! MN Co-Chair
    Spotlight on an Emerging Leader: Bryn Shank, YEA! MN Co-Chair

    Bryn has been a driving force in YEA! MN since he joined the program two years ago as a sophomore at Central High School in St Paul. His campus earth club, Roots & Shoots, had a long legacy of success, including institutionalizing school-wide recycling and composting. But when the seniors graduated, Bryn found himself pretty much alone to carry the torch. Still, he refused to give up, and has worked tirelessly over the last two years to rebuild the Roots & Shoots team and work to make Central a leader in sustainability.

    Written on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:56 in Local (Minnesota) Read 234 times Read more...
  • Spotlight on an Emerging Leader: Shira Breen, YEA! MN Co-Chair

    When Shira Breen joined YEA! MN as a sophomore at Minneapolis South High School, we knew we had met someone special. She was already highly engaged in her school and home community, working with her peers to launch a food shelf at South High, and starting a community garden in the neighborhood surrounding her school campus. Following a high profile racial incident on her high school campus, she joined Students Together As Allies for Racial Trust where she received the Underground Railway Award for Strong Commitment to Equity. Shira joined the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign last year, working to defeat the amendment banning gay marriage, became a Phone Banking Coach, trained volunteers, and held courageous conversations with people from every corner of the state. In 2013, Shira became President of the South High School Green Tigers, the environmental club on campus, and was elected to be a Co-Chair for YEA! MN.

    Written on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:50 in Local (Minnesota) Read 201 times Read more...
  • Energy Conservation Challenge leads to Student Empowerment in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools
    Energy Conservation Challenge leads to Student Empowerment in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools

    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/.

    Written on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:34 in Local (Minnesota) Read 332 times Read more...
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  • Why Minnesota needs a new renewable energy standard!
    Why Minnesota needs a new renewable energy standard!

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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 Local (Minnesota)

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.

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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.

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