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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!
Most Recent Posts
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.
Youth and Veteran Environmental Leaders in Co-Mentorship
2013-2014 Launch of the WSF Midwest Intergenerational Mentorship Program
Aaaaaand, they’re off! Forty-two environmental leaders, matched in six Midwest states are embarking on the second run of an innovative mentorship program, hosted by the Will Steger Foundation, in partnership with the RE-AMP Network, an active network of over 160 nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working in concert to reduce global warming pollution economy-wide 80% by 2050.
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.
Climate activists want 2 Sherco coal units closed by 2020
Written by Media
David Shaffer, Star Tribune
State regulators delayed a procedural decision on Xcel Energy’s long-range plans to give people a chance to weigh in — but briefly.
Regulators want to hear what citizens think about Xcel Energy’s giant coal-fired power plant in Becker, Minn.
As long as they keep it to three minutes.
Click here to view the video.
Climate Lesson Update: November, 2013
Written by John Smith, Education Program Assistant
Join us for a Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar Series!
Are you looking for climate change and energy education resources for your classroom or informal education setting? The Will Steger Foundation is offering a four part webinar series featuring speakers that will advance your climate and energy literacy, and educational resources to help integrate climate and energy concepts in your setting.
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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