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Join the Will Steger Foundation for a very special breakfast this year!

April 29 at the Red Stag Supper Club.

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Over 100 Minnesota Youth Lobby for a Clean Energy Future

On a nearly snowless early February day, over 100 high school youth from the Will Steger Foundation’s Youth Environmental Activists (YEA! MN) program participated in the Clean Energy & Jobs “Day on the Hill,” lobbying their state legislators and meeting with Governor Dayton to discuss how climate change will impact their future.

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Climate Ride 2015

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

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Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions

This April we will host two Climate Minnesota Convenings in Bemidji and Crookston that will connect communities through local science, stories, and solutions that encompass the broad range of climate impacts that Minnesotans are seeing now.

Bemidji: April 14 - Crookston: April 15

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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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Summer Institute 2015

Join us for our 10th Summer Institute for Climate Change Education as we celebrate 10 years of climate science and climate change education. Hear from renowned keynote speakers Will Steger, Frank Niepold and Ben Santer. June 15-17, 2015

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  • Mike’s Climate Story, as told to Katie Siegner

    victus mike mageau2Cold weather has rarely stopped Minnesotans from going about their lives, and these days University of Minnesota-Duluth assistant professor Mike Mageau is proving that it also doesn’t have to stop fresh produce from growing year-round. Mike Mageau, assistant professor of Environment and Sustainability and Director of the Center for Sustainable Community Development at UMD, created Victus Farms a few years back to test out the sustainability and economic feasibility of an aquaponic growing system. Victus Farms houses fish tanks, greenhouses, plant and algae production troughs, with the fish waste fertilizing the plants and algae, and the algae separated into oil and organic matter, used for fuel and fish food.

    Written on Thursday, 26 March 2015 21:51 in Climate Minnesota Stories Read 14 times Read more...
  • DeAndra's Climate Story

    image003Having moved around many times as I grew up, I have been exposed to the humidity and heat of the low south and the artic temperatures of the high north. Even though I planted shallow roots in each of these places, I quickly got to know local people and deeply understand the culture of the place that I was current inhabiting. One of the most memorable experiences I encountered that really made me start thinking about climate change and the effect that it was having on me in real time was the record breaking drought in Texas.

    Written on Monday, 23 March 2015 18:18 in Climate Minnesota Stories Read 31 times Read more...
  • David's Climate Story
    Written by David Evans

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    Climate change is a complicated problem. As we’re starting to see, it will affect everything and everyone on our planet in nuanced ways, and the bulk of those effects will very likely be negative.

    This is the simple logic that compelled me to focus on energy and the environment in my education. Growing up in Northern Minnesota, going to college in Duluth and living in Minneapolis for the last few years has lead me to appreciate the diversity and beauty of Minnesota’s natural resources, and I believe it’s irresponsible to squander these resources when we have the tools to protect them. While climate change presents us with a huge challenge, it also offers equally big opportunities to move towards a more sustainable and environmentally sound future.

    Written on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:43 in Climate Minnesota Stories Read 37 times Read more...
  • Climate Change Adaptation Convenings
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    Climate Change Adaptation Convenings

    The The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships are pleased to be hosting a series of five climate change adaptation convenings in Greater Minnesota. Extension Climatologist Mark Seeley will be joining WSF to provide region-specific climate information.

    Written on Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:17 in WSF General Read 79 times Read more...
  • Exciting Opportunities this Spring!
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    slideshow climatemnMarch wrapped up our incredible Dine for Climate Series! We were able to highlight the farm to table connection, the importance of eating and supporting local sustainable, organic restaurants, and grow our local network of friends. At the same time, we were proud to receive a generous 30% donation from each of our partner restaurants: Birchwood Café, French Meadow Bakery and Café, Spoonriver, and Lucia’s. Thank you to our restaurant partners and everyone who joined us at one, several or all Dine for Climate events!

    Written on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 20:00 in eNewsletter Read 238 times Read more...
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Addie teaching recruitment skills"Welcome Leaders!" was the first sentence I read as I was handed a program at Outfront Minnesota's 2015 annual Youth Summit last Monday. It was 8:30am and the Wellstone Center was already full of motivated and friendly high school students decked out in purple t-shirts conversing with each other. In 15 minutes we'd be scattered across the building hosting and attending trainings on justice and equity in our communities. I was anxious to present a session on effective school clubs to my peers, but the program's reminder that youth are leaders and my composed co-presenters from YEA!MN boosted my confidence.

Monday, 23 February 2015 17:18

Dirty Air Affects All of Us

 

Four of us YEA! MN-ers from South High also participated in a meeting with Congressman EllisonI’ve always pictured extreme air pollution as something that only happens in China, where coal power plants, manufacturing, and insane car traffic create suffocating smog. Not until I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma in 2013 did I consider the role of air pollution and air quality in my personal health. Inhalers help me manage my asthma, but I still occasionally struggle with shortness of breath. 
When I learned that my representative to Congress, Keith Ellison, would be hosting a forum on air pollution and asthma, I knew I wanted to attend to learn more about how I can personally campaign for cleaner air.

IMG 3336Lobby Day this year at the capitol was an all around amazing experience. I came on the bus from my school, the School of Environmental Studies (SES), with some other high school classes.  When we got to our meeting location near the capitol we were met with many amazing adults and students, around 400 people were there that day.  In preparing to talk with our lawmakers and meeting with other concerned students it was amazing to see how many people cared about the issues we came together for. This year on Lobby Day we came together to work on increasing Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard up to 40% by 2030.

Will Dayton KumarThe Clean Energy and Jobs Lobby Day this past Monday was a huge success.  Well over a hundred high school students from around the metro took time out of their busy lives to come to the Capitol and lobby their representatives to support a 40% renewable energy standard in Minnesota by 2030.  It was a great demonstration of the power youth have when we come together and push for something we believe in.

Published in Youth Action
Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:53

Lobby for a Cleaner Day

MaedinLobby Day was a very interesting time for my peers from Burnsville High School and me. Having taken the bus to the Capitol, I was very excited to see what was to come that day. I spent weeks helping YEA! MN gather students from my school for this awesome event.  When reaching the church nearby for training, I was very interested by the speakers who discussed our agenda.

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