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Clean Energy and Jobs Day at the Capitol!

Save the Date!

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

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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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.

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  • YEA! MN for democratic action!

    ydsThe Youth Democracy Summit on January 17th was an extremely powerful and motivating experience. It was inspiring to see such a multitude of strong, smart, and driven young organizers all in one place. Going to the small-group panel on sustainable transportation in the 21st century was interesting to me because I was able to gain a perspective on the transportation issues that are present in greater Minnesota. Growing up in Minneapolis, I have always had many different transportation options available to me. I have the luxury of great bike lanes and bus routes that can efficiently get me anywhere in the city. People living in places like Mankato or Duluth don’t have those options, which then becomes an equity issue. I wasn’t aware of these things until we discussed them in a group with people living all around the state.

    Written on Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:26 in Local (Minnesota) Read 131 times Read more...
  • Climate Ride 2015

    Climate Ride

    Registration is now open. Choose the Will Steger Foundation to be the beneficiary for your ride!

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    Written on Monday, 19 January 2015 17:23 in Climate News Read 82 times Read more...
  • 2015 Youth Democracy Summit

    2015 Youth Democracy Summit

    Our YEA! MN Program is proud to partner with MPIRG and the Sierra Club to host the 2015 Youth Democracy Summit on January 17th at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota

    Read more and register here.

    Written on Monday, 12 January 2015 17:38 in Local (Minnesota) Read 515 times Read more...
  • Big Plans for 2015!

    Annual ReportAs we reflect on 2014, the hottest year on record globally, we also saw some positive climate change solutions advanced. In June, the Obama administration took its biggest step yet to address climate change by introducing regulations to limit greenhouse gases from existing power plants. And the U. S. climate movement grew in grassroots might as hundreds of thousands of people, including hundreds of Minnesotans and many of our youth, filled the streets of New York City in September demanding that world leaders act on climate.

    Written on Sunday, 11 January 2015 16:50 in eNewsletter Read 585 times Read more...
  • Young Naturalists; Nature on the Move
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    Young Naturalists; Nature on the Move

    Wild places and creatures will need our help to keep up with climate change.
    by Keith Goetzman

    The earth is always changing. Where oceans once flowed over the land long ago, prairies now grow. Where volcanoes rose up, snowy mountain peaks loom. Earth's climate has often changed too. Climate is the range of temperatures and other weather conditions that are most common in a place over many years. Minnesota's climate has four seasons—winter, spring, summer, and fall—each with a normal range of temperatures. with educators who care about quality teaching and who want to bring climate change and energy concepts to their educational setting.

    Written on Friday, 09 January 2015 12:26 in Education Read 89 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!”

Published in Local (Minnesota)

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

Special Opportunity!

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

Published in eNewsletter 2010

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