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Clean Energy and Jobs Day at the Capitol!

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February 2nd, 2015 9:30am-4:30pm

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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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WSF Joins Invitation Only White House Kick-off on Climate Education and Literacy

WSF Executive Director Nicole Rom joined The White House OSTP for a Climate Education and Literacy Roundtable as part of the launch of a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect American students with the best-available, science-based information about climate change.

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Why We Do This Work

 

The Will Steger Foundation team shares why we do this work and invites you to join us!

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Youth CAN! a Success

On November 8th, 2014 YEA! MN hosted Youth CAN! a one day conference about the intersections of climate change, environmental justice, social justice, and what we can do about these issues facing us today.

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Dine for Climate

Spoonriver - January 8

Bring your family and friends to enjoy a delicious, sustainable dinner and a portion of the proceeds go to the Will Steger Foundation.

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  • YouthCAN! Educates and empowers student activists
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    YouthCAN! Educates and empowers student activists

    Eva Shellabarger, Staff Writer

    December 5, 2014


    “Adults are scared of educated youth,” stated Kim Wasserman, a community organizer from Chicago who was one of the keynote speakers at Youth Climate Action Now. The event’s name was appropriately shortened to Youth CAN!, as its goal was to bring together and empower teen activists from all over the state of Minnesota while focusing on climate issues. The day-long event was planned and executed by students from the Will Steger Foundation’s Youth Environmental Activists of MN (YEA! MN) program.

    Written on Friday, 19 December 2014 08:31 in Emerging Leaders Read 37 times Read more...
  • Clean Energy and Jobs Day at the Capitol!

    Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs

    Save the Date!

    Join the Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign for our Day at the Capitol!

    February 2nd, 2015
    9:30am-4:30pm

    Learn more...

    Written on Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:06 in Climate News Read 51 times Read more...
  • WSF Youth Leader Joins #cleanenergymn Press Conference
    WSF Youth Leader Joins #cleanenergymn Press Conference

    Today, the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign released its policy agenda for 2015. The Will Steger Foundation is proud to support these common sense policies that will build on Minnesota’s clean energy success. Increasing the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 40 percent by 2030 and the energy savings plan for utilities from 1.5 to 2 percent will create good jobs, protect our state’s four seasons and environment, and they are the right thing to do. Learn more about the campaign and our 2015 policy agenda and www.cleanenergyjobs.mn and follow the campaign on Twitter @MNCleanEnergyJobs.

    Written on Thursday, 18 December 2014 22:47 in Local (Minnesota) Read 337 times Read more...
  • Embracing the Connection Between Climate Change and Social Justice
    Embracing the Connection Between Climate Change and Social Justice

    In the wake of the grand jury decisions regarding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and the rise of the #blacklivesmatter movement, the Will Steger Foundation joins the chorus of voices calling for systemic change, and a deeper understanding of the connections between racism, oppression, and the degradation of clean air, water and wild spaces.

    Written on Thursday, 18 December 2014 22:09 in Climate Justice Read 543 times Read more...
  • Antarctica: Changing Fast

    Antarctica 3D On The EdgeIn early December, the Will Steger Foundation co-hosted a screening of Antarctica: On the Edge at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, including a panel discussion after the screening with filmmakers Gary Smaby, Jon Bowermaster and our founder, Will Steger.

    Written on Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:43 in Climate News Read 206 times Read more...
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Despite many being under the legal voting age, a contingent of high school youth gathered at Governor Dayton’s office on Friday November 21st to deliver over 1,000 public comments and photo petitions in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan before the December 1 comment deadline. The students, part of the Will Steger Foundation’s YEA! MN high school program, joined MPIRG and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light to thank Governor Dayton for his clean energy leadership and urge him to keep Minnesota on track for further carbon reductions as required by the Clean Power Plan.

Published in Local (Minnesota)

“What do we want?”

“SAFE SCHOOLS!”

“When do we want them?”

“NOW!”

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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.

Published in Local (Minnesota)
Give to the Max Day

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Give To The Max Day

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

tae_1990Will 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.

Sincerely,

Nicole Rom, Executive Director

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