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Join Clean Energy and Jobs Earth Day Rally!

CLEAN ENERGY AND JOBS DAY OF ACTION

FEATURING WILL STEGER AND EXCLUSIVE YOUTH SUMMIT WITH GOVERNOR DAYTON

April 22, 2014, 4 pm

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Youth and Veteran Environmental Leaders in Co-Mentorship

The Will Steger Foundation is proud to launch our 2013-14 Intergenerational Mentorship Program in partnership with the REAMP Network. This innovative mentorship model values both participants as learners and teachers, and supports 21 pairs of young and veteran environmental leaders across the Midwest. 

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2014 Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar Series

View our archived climate and energy literacy webinar series to catch up on what you missed!

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Join one (or) three Climate Rides in 2014! Support the Will Steger Foundation at the same time!

In September 2012, as a participant of Climate Ride, I biked 300 miles along California’s coast with past board member, David Bryan. It was extremely inspiring to be surrounded by so many other people passionate about climate change solutions and to hear from other leaders in the field. 

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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.

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2014 Summer Institute for Climate Change & Energy Education

August 4-6, 2014Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN 

Don't miss the May 15 early bird registration deadline for the 2014 Summer Institute for Climate Change & Energy Education! Reserve your seat now.

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    Spotlight on an Emerging Leader: Bryn Shank, YEA! MN Co-Chair

    Bryn has been a driving force in YEA! MN since he joined the program two years ago as a sophomore at Central High School in St Paul. His campus earth club, Roots & Shoots, had a long legacy of success, including institutionalizing school-wide recycling and composting. But when the seniors graduated, Bryn found himself pretty much alone to carry the torch. Still, he refused to give up, and has worked tirelessly over the last two years to rebuild the Roots & Shoots team and work to make Central a leader in sustainability.

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  • Spotlight on an Emerging Leader: Shira Breen, YEA! MN Co-Chair

    When Shira Breen joined YEA! MN as a sophomore at Minneapolis South High School, we knew we had met someone special. She was already highly engaged in her school and home community, working with her peers to launch a food shelf at South High, and starting a community garden in the neighborhood surrounding her school campus. Following a high profile racial incident on her high school campus, she joined Students Together As Allies for Racial Trust where she received the Underground Railway Award for Strong Commitment to Equity. Shira joined the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign last year, working to defeat the amendment banning gay marriage, became a Phone Banking Coach, trained volunteers, and held courageous conversations with people from every corner of the state. In 2013, Shira became President of the South High School Green Tigers, the environmental club on campus, and was elected to be a Co-Chair for YEA! MN.

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  • Energy Conservation Challenge leads to Student Empowerment in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools
    Energy Conservation Challenge leads to Student Empowerment in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools

    The “191 Battle of the Buildings” (modeled after the EPA’s national contest) was a challenge for Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 to reduce their Carbon Footprint.  Energy reductions (calculated from buildings that saved) resulted in nearly 9% in energy reductions for the district. 

    The MN GreenCorps program is a statewide AmeriCorps program, administered through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).  Member Jothsna Harris will be serving in District 191 for a total of 11 months, with a focus on energy conservation.  More information about the MN GreenCorps, please visit The MPCA website at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/.

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    It’s April and that means it’s time to celebrate Earth Day all month long! We have several wonderful opportunities for you to get involved.

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  • Why Minnesota needs a new renewable energy standard!
    Why Minnesota needs a new renewable energy standard!

    2012 was the hottest year on record within the United States. Many western states are in official states of drought. Climate change is now. Obama said this about climate change in his State of the Union address “The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way.  But the debate is settled.  Climate change is a fact.  And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”

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Friday, 11 April 2014 16:51

Celebrate Earth Day!

It’s April and that means it’s time to celebrate Earth Day all month long! We have several wonderful opportunities for you to get involved.

Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

March Forward!

In recent climate news: The Winter Olympics have ended, earning the medal for the warmest of the modern era, with an average temperature of nearly 49 degrees and a number of days around 60 degrees. On Monday March 10th, a group of 30 Senators stayed up all night delivering speeches to bring attention to the need for climate action. The next big Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report from the world’s leading climate scientists is on “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” and will be released at the end of the month.

Saturday, 08 February 2014 21:47

Polar Vortex Explained

Scientists say the deep freeze gripping the U.S. this winter does not indicate a halt in climate change trends, but is actually an example of climate change in action. The weather pattern driving the extreme cold into the U.S. — with a weaker polar vortex moving around the Arctic like a slowing spinning top, eventually falling over and blowing open the door to the Arctic freezer — fits with other recently observed jet stream configurations. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:27

Progress is Happening

The Will Steger Foundation is committed to addressing climate change for the long haul. We know climate change can be overwhelming and challenging to address. Those of us who are concerned about this issue know that progress happens at various scales and at different points in time. Sometimes our progress is incremental, such as an educator reaching a classroom with our climate and energy resources. Sometimes it is large, such as when the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission responded recently to Will Steger’s compelling testimony and powerful citizen input to vote unanimously to retire the state’s largest utilities coal-fired power plants.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:52

Giving Climate Thanks

We started off the month with giving #climatethanks, a national initiative launched by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication on twitter, to honor the individuals and organizations like ours working tirelessly to raise awareness and create climate change solutions. We thanked all of our climate champions in Minnesota, our clean energy leaders, our youth and educators, and partner organizations. Of course, our largest thanks goes out to you – for supporting our work and helping us in the fight for a safe climate.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 09:06

Funding Solutions!

Thanks to everyone who supported us on Give to the Max Day on November 14th! Eight donors generously provided $10,000 in matching funds – which helped us raise $18,075 from 76 donors! Missed your chance to donate? You can still support us anytime. All donations over $100 received by December 16 will receive a prAna gift card and can still count towards our matching grant.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:13

Shape Our Energy Future

October 2nd marked the ceremonial signing of Minnesota’s Clean Energy and Jobs bill, also known as the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development bill (HF729 / SF 1057). Will and I were honored to join Governor Dayton and chief authors Senator John Marty, Representative Melissa Hortman, and members of the Clean Energy and Jobs coalition for this special opportunity.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 15:46

Entering the Anthropocene

The fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is due out on September 27th and is expected to reaffirm with growing confidence that humans are driving global warming and climate change.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:44

Arctic ice loses its reflective sheen

Arctic ice is losing its reflective sheen. It's common knowledge that each summer, more and more of the ice melts leaving the dark waters of the ocean uncovered, which accelerates climate change by reducing the amount of solar radiation reflected back into space. Now it turns out that the surviving sea ice is also becoming darker and less reflective.

Friday, 12 July 2013 13:37

Climate Change Plans Oh My!

We hope you’ve heard the President’s Climate Change plan to cut carbon pollution: taking action for youth and future generations! The President articulated a three pronged approach in taking steps toward reversing the effects of climate change and leaving a more sustainable future for our children: 1) Cut carbon pollution in America 2) Prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change and 3) Lead international efforts to address climate change.

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