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Brake for Breakfast!
Join us to celebrate Bike Walk Week in the Twin Cities for a free breakfast along the Midtown Greenway.
Our Work Is Having An Impact
Check out the testimonials we've received lately! Then join us today in continuing our work to engage in solutions to climate change. We have tremendous opportunity to make Minnesota the clean energy leader.
Hundreds Joined the Clean Energy and Jobs Day of Action!
Hundreds rallied at the Minnesota state capitol on Earth Day to answer Governor Dayton’s call to build a sustainable energy future for our state in support of clean energy and good jobs!
New Land 2013 Expedition
Follow the New Land Expedition this Spring! Join American John Huston, Norwegian Tobias Thorleifsson, Canadian Hugh Dale-Harris, and South African Kyle O’Donoghue as they traverse 630 miles on Ellesmere Island.
Summer Institutes 2013
Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2013 Summer Institutes for Educators.
Educate, Inspire and Empower
Established in January 2006 by polar explorer Will Steger, the Will Steger Foundation, educates, inspires and empowers people to engage in solutions to climate change.
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We Did It!
Written by eNewsletter
I’ll start with the good news: Both the Minnesota House and Senate passed our Clean Energy and Jobs legislation last week. The legislation includes a first-ever solar standard and a strengthened renewable energy standard for investor-owned utilities, as well as important efficiency and local power production policies.
Lessons from LVEJO’s Kim Wasserman, Winner of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize for North America
Written by Abby Fenton, Youth Programs Director
It was truly an honor to see Kim Wasserman, Founder and Executive of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), awarded the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize for North America for her work organizing communities of color and coalitions against powerful coal interests.
New Land Expedition 2013: Lands Lokk Reached
Written by Administrator
It is Day 41 of the expedition and we have arrived at our northern most destination Lands Lokk, which is Otto Sverdrup’s furthest north which he obtained on May 6, 1902, so just a few days before we arrived.
We Are Youth. Protect Our Future!
I’m Katie Mercer-Taylor. I’m a student at Roseville Area High School and Co-chair of the Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota. I'm very proud to see so many members of our strong and growing youth environmental movement here today. We come from many different communities and backgrounds, but we stand united today because our generation’s future depends on continuing the transition to renewable energy right now.
100 High School Students March through Sleet and Snow: We are Unstoppable, a Better Future is Possible
The Will Steger Foundation was proud to support the Youth March on Climate Action Now!, planned and orchestrated by student Steering Committee members of Youth Environmental Activists on Minnesota (YEA! MN), a program of the Will Steger Foundation.
Did you know that the University of Minnesota has the last remaining coal burning plant in Minneapolis? Prospective college students are teaming up with the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign to do something about it.
As someone who supports reducing our global warming pollution and educating and empowering a new generation of climate leaders, we know you’ll want to mark your calendar for this special day where your donations are eligible for a $1,000 match! Help us create a clean energy future by making a gift on Nov 16 or any day.
Letter from the Executive Director
Will Steger's Trans-Antarctica Expedition 20th Anniversary
We have some very important milestones in Will’s history and ours to celebrate! Will was the featured speaker at Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education 20th anniversary on November 4th, which he helped to establish in 1990.
In early December, Will Steger's Trans-Antarctica Expedition, the historic seven month, 3,741-mile International Trans-Antarctica Expedition in 1989–90 is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Minnesota!
We’ll be sharing updates about these events and ways you can be involved in the coming weeks!
Just as we are excited about these celebrations, it is important that we also take a step back and understand the recent political shift and what it means for our work.
We’ve spent the past two weeks interpreting the midterm elections and what the results mean for our state, regional and national efforts to advance climate and clean energy policies. The scoop:
Nationally: Despite the national shift towards more conservatives in Congress, this did not stop California from defeating Proposition 23 and saving its landmark climate legislation, one of the first policies to price carbon and promote clean energy in the U.S. The legislation supports more than 12,000 clean tech companies, over 500,000 clean tech employees, and encourages $10 billion in private clean tech investment. It has been a huge success and an example of how climate policy can encourage economic growth. The top three election issues seemed to be the economy, healthcare, and the size of the government. While the party in power usually loses seats in the midterms, these losses were pretty significant (60-70 in the House, 6-8 in the Senate). Among Democrats in close races,who voted for Waxman-Markey (the climate bill that passed in the House), 61% lost the election (Source: E&E). Interestingly though, among Democrats in close races, 79 % of those who voted against Waxman-Markey lost – faring even worse. Also interesting is that 7 of the 8 Republicans who voted for Waxman-Markey were re-elected. So it looks like being a Democrat, rather than supporting climate policy, was the real fatal flaw in this election.
Midwest: Most of the newly elected Midwest Governors should be reasonably pragmatic and open-minded when it comes to clean energy, environmental protection, conservation and high-speed rail. However, the results do not bode well for support of federal climate change actions or for early movement on the Midwest Governors' Association's climate initiative.
Minnesota: While Democrats lost control of the state legislature and the governor’s race is still in recount mode, we do have an opportunity to shape Minnesota’s role in growing a clean energy economy and continuing to follow California’s lead.
If all the news has got you down, we really loved this piece by The Onion.
Nicole Rom, Executive Director
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