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.
Local view: Hottest year means Minnesota should act now
Will Steger recently published an op-ed in the Duluth News Tribune about 2014 being the hottest year on record and the need for climate action now.
Climate Ride 2015
Registration is now open. Choose the Will Steger Foundation to be the beneficiary for your ride!
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
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
Dine for Climate
Lucia's - March 12
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a delicious, sustainable dinner and a portion of the proceeds go to the Will Steger Foundation.
Most Recent Posts
Climate Lesson Update - March 2015
Written by Education
How are you teaching about climate change? Are you teaching a WSF lesson to your students? What is your favorite educational resource? Have you implemented a service learning project at your school? Do you have a twitter account where you retweet about climate change news? Any way you do it, we’d love to hear about and invite you to share it as a presenter at our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education!
SES teacher named Champion of Change by White House
Written by Media
By Jessica Harper
February 18, 2015 at 4:44 pm
Whether its attending international climate change summits abroad or encouraging green practices in Apple Valley, environmental studies teacher Craig Johnson teaches his students at the School of Environmental Studies to make their voices heard on climate change.
Climate Literacy Presentations at NSTA 2015: Chicago
Written by Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education
The Will Steger Foundation and other members of the CLEAN Network are going to be busy at the National Science Teacher’s Association Conference in Chicago in just a few weeks. Check out the list of presentations below. We hope to see you there!
Dirty Air Affects All of Us
I’ve always pictured extreme air pollution as something that only happens in China, where coal power plants, manufacturing, and insane car traffic create suffocating smog. Not until I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma in 2013 did I consider the role of air pollution and air quality in my personal health. Inhalers help me manage my asthma, but I still occasionally struggle with shortness of breath.
When I learned that my representative to Congress, Keith Ellison, would be hosting a forum on air pollution and asthma, I knew I wanted to attend to learn more about how I can personally campaign for cleaner air.
Note from a non-apathetic millennial: Climate change is not hopeless
Written by Media
By Natalie Cook | 02/13/15
Courtesy of the Will Steger Foundation
Students meeting with Gov. Dayton last week about clean energy.
Millennials are lazy; environmentalism is only gloom and doom. These two common misperceptions get under my skin more than most. The millennials I know are social-change activists, and environmentalism is how they’re working toward securing a better future for all.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
"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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