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.
The Will Steger Foundation has had another successful year!
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2014 Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar Series
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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.
2014 Summer Institute for Climate Change & Energy Education
Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN August 4-6, 2014
The Midwest’s climate change education event of the year; come to the 2014 Summer Institute.
WSF joins Clean Energy and Jobs advocates for Ceremonial bill signing with Governor Mark Dayton
Wednesday October 2nd marked the Ceremonial signing of our Clean Energy and Jobs bill - also known as the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development bill (HF729 / SF 1057).
2012-2013 Highlighted Accomplishments
With your support, we were able to have a significant impact this past year!
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Two High Schoolers Receive Their First Grant and Drive Innovate Green Building on Campus
Written by Sophia Showalter and Elayna Shapiro, High School Students/YEA! MN Steering Committee Members
Hi, our names are Tessa Ruff and Sophia Showalter. We are members of the YEA! MN Steering Committee as well as leaders of the Hopkins High School Earth Club. Recently, we applied for and received a grant through the Hopkins Education Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the Hopkins School District.
Climate Literacy and AGU
Written by Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education
I'm midway through day 2 of AGU- new ideas and information swirling around. I have been thinking a lot about our ENTRF Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate project as I learn about other successful public focused education campaigns around the country.
Retirement of 2 older Sherco coal units to get study
Written by Media
David Shaffer, Star Tribune 12/06/13
After getting 11,400 comments from the public, state regulators directed Xcel to examine shutting down 1970s-era coal burners.
Minnesota utility regulators ordered Xcel Energy Inc. on Thursday to analyze the consequences of retiring two of its largest coal-burning power generators in 2020 or later.
Written by Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education
I head to my first American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting next week and plan on blogging throughout the week on the multitude of sessions and workshops I will attend. AGU is an international non-profit scientific association with more than 62,000 members established in 1919 by the National Research Council.
Activists to talk at PUC meeting about Sherco
Written by Media
By Bill Morgan
Nov. 26, 2013
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS will get their chance to speak about plans to shut down Sherco at a Dec. 5 PUC meeting in Minneapolis. Advocates on both sides of the issue are encouraged to attend or register to speak at the meeting.
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Will made a visit to Proctor during the first week of January to speak to the students of Jedlicka Middle School and Proctor High School and to hear from Leah Moore's eighth grade students. After his presentation students asked him questions that ranged from "What is the coolest thing you saw in the Arctic?," to "What have you done to help fight climate change?."
Happy New Year! Launching Minnesota’s Changing Climate was a highlight of 2011 and we are excited about continuing to expand this program in 2012.
Parks Climate Challenge schools are continuing to create excellent PSAs. Check out this great work from Bloomington Lutheran School:
We are still accepting proposals for Parks Climate Challenge mini grants, so feel free to continue working on your applications. Let us know if you would like to discuss ideas for your project or have any questions.
It is hard to believe we are almost to Winter Break! For Ann and I this means, believe it or not, Summer Institute 2012 is in the works. Please help us in spreading the word that August 7-8 we will hold our 7th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. We will once again be able to offer mileage and accommodations to those traveling from outside the metro area within Minnesota. Details and registration will be available by the end of January. In addition to sessions similar to last summer, we are planning on offering an "advanced strand" for teachers who have used MCC. If you have suggestions for topics to address please let us know! Finally, we hope to persuade some of you to come back to participate in a panel of experts discussing how you implemented this curriculum.
We had another fantastic day of school visits with Will Steger on November 18 when we visited Roseville Area Middle School and MetroTech Career Academy. During each visit, students presented the work that they have been doing with the Minnesota's Changing Climate curriculum and Will spoke to large groups of students. Read more about the November 18 visits.
On November 18, Will Steger's second day of school visits started at Roseville Area Middle School where Will gave presentations on his experiences in the Arctic and the impacts of climate change to two groups of eighth graders. Since Roseville Area Middle School is a participant in the Parks Climate Challenge program, each presentation began by showing the top public service announcements that students had created about the Mississippi River. It was fun to see these informative and creative videos. Will then spoke to students and answered many of their thoughtful questions. Students were very interested in Will's experiences on expeditions as well as the changes that he had observed over the years.
Next, we went to MetroTech Career Academy where Will met with the environmental science class and environmental club as a small group and then spoke to the whole high school. In the small group meeting, students presented the action projects that they had been working on to find solutions to a variety of environmental issues as a part of the Minnesota's Changing Climate curriculum. Students and staff at MetroTech had also completed a survey assessing their carbon footprint, what they already do to engage in solutions, what are barriers to more action and what they will do differently in the future. They had gathered some excellent data, and it was exciting to see the wonderful ideas that these students had for their action plans!
Thanks again to our fantastic hosts, and we look forward to seeing more examples throughout this year of what students are creating as part of our Minnesota's Changing Climate program!
Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar: Eyewitness to Climate Change
Jan 15 - 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Professional Development Programs for Climate Change Education Webinar
Jan 29 - 07:30pm - 09:00pm
Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar: Engaging High School Students in Climate Policy
Feb 12 - 06:30pm - 08:00pm
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