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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.
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.
By: Victor Correa, WDAZ
Nov. 6, 2013
Famous arctic explorer Will Steger and the Canadian Consulate General celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the 1913 Canadian Arctic expedition Tuesday at the University of North Dakota.
The expedition was led by UND's own Vailhjalmur Stefansson -- and his work influenced Steger's career.
By: Mike Jacobs, Grand Forks Herald
Nov. 10, 2013
It’s probably a coincidence that UND’s moon rover project ended only a day after a symposium celebrating another feat of exploration.
On Tuesday, UND and the Canadian government honored Vilhjalmar Stefansson, an alumnus who was the last person to discover new land on Planet Earth.
Will Steger, this era’s most prominent Arctic explorer, was in Grand Forks for the event.
Jenna Ray on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Students in the University of Minnesota, Morris’s Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) chapter recently co-sponsored a public forum with arctic explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy’s J. Drake Hamilton. Hosted by Clean Up the River Environment (CURE), the forum included presentations from Steger and Hamilton as well as CURE Senior Director Duane Ninneman and Granite Falls Lutheran Pastor Steve Carmany.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
International explorer, educator and environmentalist Will Steger cut the ribbon during the grand-opening of the Environmental Learning Center on Oct. 2. Steger later spoke at Shakopee High School.
“We have a lot of active kids who do a lot of things with the outdoors, but we want to make them more aware.”
By Ron Meador | 10/11/13
The revised calculations would shift the mix of resources used by utilities significantly toward renewables, by counting the full costs of power generation by alternative methods.
October 2, 2013
An exhibit at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design looks at a lesser-known side of polar explorer Will Steger: his work as a sustainable designer.
The exhibit, titled "Inside An Explorer's Mind: Survival, Innovation, Design — A Will Steger Exhibition," includes video, drawing, photos, woodwork and other artifacts related to Steger's career. According to a Web introduction to the exhibit, Steger "has designed or adapted clothing, equipment, and technology to withstand difficult Arctic conditions."
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
GRANITE FALLS — Will Steger has led dog-sled expeditions to reach the North Pole, traverse the length of Greenland and cross Antarctica, witnessing firsthand the dramatic transformations occurring due to global climate change.
He no longer needs to leave Minnesota to see what’s happening.
September 25, 2013
Famous as the leader of the first teams to reach both the North Pole and South Pole by dogsled, Minnesota explorer Will Steger, 69, is also a photographer, woodworker, teacher, self-taught architect, designer and environmentalist.
Over the past 40 years he has designed and tested extreme-weather gear for North Face, Lands’ End, Patagonia, Marmot, Gander Mountain, Gore-Tex and other outdoor suppliers. His Steger mukluks are a favorite footwear for dogsledders, and their huskies are probably wearing Steger harnesses.
September 27, 2013
Polar explorer Will Steger has relied on good design, much from his own hand, for survival in tough climates as evident in a small show at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The show features his designs and equipment used on polar expeditions.
September 14, 2013
Minneapolis, MN—The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is pleased to present a unique exhibition featuring the sustainable design work of world-renowned polar explorer Will Steger.
The first person to reach both Poles by dogsled, Steger is known by many titles—educator, photographer, and explorer. He has spent more than fifty years traveling through the Arctic and Antarctic regions, advocating for the Earth’s preservation and advising on permanent solutions to climate change.
By Scott Tedrick, News Editor
Posted Sep. 20, 2013
This past Sunday over 200 area individuals turned out for the Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) hosted Climate, Energy and Health forum held at Granite Falls Lutheran Church.Event goers were treated to a one - two punch of polar explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy Science Policy Director J. Drake Hamilton who teamed up to convey the latest information on climate change and what opportunities exist to address the issue here in Minnesota.
September 23, 2013
Will Steger has traveled tens of thousands of miles across the Polar regions. For more than 50 years he has designed and adapted his clothing and gear to withstand harsh Arctic conditions.
For the first time, his gear is on display at a museum. The exhibit, “Inside an Explorer’s Mind: Design, Innovation, Survival,” opened September 14th at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis.
By The Forest Lake Times,
September 4, 2013 at 9:33 am
Jack Callahan, Forest Lake, and Will Nelson, Lindstrom, recent sixth-grade graduates of Lakes International Language Academy in Forest Lake, received the Most Creative Video Award in the Youth Voices for Change: Climate Change Video Contest last week at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Will Steger Foundation co-sponsored the contest.
By: John Rash, StarTribune
Any late-summer Target trip would have confirmed that digital devices and backpacks were ubiquitous back-to-school supplies. They were also essential for friends Larry and Lauri Kraft and their 8-year-old daughter, Jamie, and 6-year-old son, Jason. But the Kraft family of St. Louis Park won’t just be using them for the school day. They’ll also be essential at night, on weekends and during holidays as the clan embarks on a year abroad, traveling to 13 countries on six continents.
By BlueStem Prairie
Polar explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy's J. Drake Hamilton are hosting a public forum on clean energy, climate and health at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church in Granite Falls.
By Scott Tedrick
Posted Sep. 12, 2013 @ 12:08 pm
While traversing the far reaches of the globe, legendary polar explorer Will Steger saw firsthand the effects of climate change. This Sunday, he will share his experiences during a free public forum discussing the present state and future of clean energy in Minnesota at Granite Falls Lutheran Church beginning at 7:00 p.m.
By Steve Browne , Marshall Independent
GRANITE FALLS - In 1986 Minnesotan Will Steger made the first unsupported dog sled trek to the North Pole. Less than 10 years later in 1995 he encountered so much open water, flotation gear was necessary to make the same journey.
WHITTIER — What is Will Steger doing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design?
An exhibition on the renowned polar adventurer at first seems an odd match for an art school, something better suited to the Bell Museum of Natural History, maybe, or the Minnesota History Center.
Sept. 11, 2013
By Olivia LaVecchia
Will Steger has always been someone who can make impossible things happen.
His list of accomplishments spans poles and decades: He and his team were the first explorers confirmed to reach the North Pole by dogsled without re-supply. He spearheaded the longest unsupported dogsled expedition in history. And Steger led the first team to even attempt the grueling, 3,741-mile crossing of Antarctica.
For each of these, Steger is the first and also the last: Parts of each route have melted away.
July 2, 2013
by Terry Salmela
Arctic and Antarctic explorer Will Steger said that the danger point when the glaciers start to melt rapidly is when the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passes 350 parts per million (ppm). “We are already past that point. In spring 2013 the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere was 400 ppm for the first time in the history of the human civilization,” said Steger.
July 12, 2013
by Dennis Anderson
Ann Bancroft reflects upon her polar adventures and announces her next stop — the Himalayas.
Sitting on the porch of her vintage farmhouse that overlooks the St. Croix River, Ann Bancroft appeared more homebody than polar explorer the other day.
Climate changes, clean energy, health discussed
July 10, 2013
CLEARWATER — Clearwater resident Rose Thelen started Beyond Coal Central Minnesota with a group of friends this spring.
“We just wanted to do something about the problem of climate change,” Thelen said. “If we just sit by and do nothing, I’m quite sure it’s going to get worse.”
The organization hosted a public forum entitled “Clean Energy, Climate, and Health” on Tuesday night at Rejoice Lutheran Church in Clearwater. The speakers talked about climate change and the issue of pollution from coal-burning power plants. About 160 people attended.
June 10, 2013
Curated by Don Shelby
My most recent expedition took me into the aisles of the local grocery store stalking the elusive Greek yogurt and truffle oil. I approached the Greek yogurt downwind and captured it. An indigenous woman in a blue shirt and nametag told me that she had never heard of truffle oil.
Since the release of ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ Earth’s melting polar ice has been speaking loudly and clearly to scientists—and the message is terrifying.
June 13, 2013
In May 2007, roughly a year after the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Will Steger was leading a 1,200-mile ice survey expedition across Baffin Island, in northern Canada, when he and his team encountered a tangle of snowmobile tracks in the snow.
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Presentations for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research began Thursday on the UW La Crosse campus. The three day event features more than 3000 presentations. Arctic explorer and educator Will Steger provided a special discussion for those attending. Steger shared his experience watching climate change happen over the 50-years he's traveled to the North Pole. He says the problem is ignoring scientific evidence, but the solutions benefit us all economically, with the creation of jobs and a sustainable economic base with clean energy.
Governor Mark Dayton
Today, Governor Mark Dayton joined hundreds of clean energy activists at an Earth Day rally to encourage legislators to support legislation to create jobs for Minnesotans while generating clean, local, renewable energy. Governor Dayton was joined by Congressman Keith Ellison, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Speaker Paul Thissen, and other legislative leaders and leading activists.
To learn more about Governor Dayton’s work for the environment, visit the blog: http://mn.gov/governor/blog/?tag=Environment
April 23, 2013
Students joined citizens and policymakers to rally for clean energy and jobs.
Hundreds rally at the state Capitol to support sustainable energy Monday, April 22, 2013, in St. Paul. University students attended the rally in support of renewable energy bills.
Dozens of students elbowed their way into the packed state Capitol rotunda Monday to rally for green jobs and bolster Earth Day spirit.
Apr 23, 2013
Our friends at Clean Up the River Environment asked people from the Upper Minnesota River Valley and West Central Minnesota to travel to the state capitol for an Earth Day rally for clean energy. A group of enthusiastic MPIRG students road in from U of M Morris; hundreds of passionate high school students turned out to join them.
In addition to those rallying in the rotunda, over 300 citizens showed up to lobby for solar and other clean energy on a day graced by another spring snowstorm and difficult driving in greater Minnesota.
By Sen. John Marty | 04/23/13
CC/Flickr/Clean Energy Resource Teams
We need to jump start the solar energy industry in Minnesota.
With the growing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and virtually the entire scientific community expressing deep concerns about human-caused climate change, our energy policies appear to be racing toward a climate cliff, driven by those who profit from our consumption of fossil fuels.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Arctic explorer Will Steger sparked a chorus of boos at the State Capitol Monday when he pointed out that 40 percent of state lawmakers don't accept the notion that climate change has manmade causes.
But rather than reveling in the moment, Steger cautioned the crowd they've got to treat skeptics with respect and connect with legislators on a personal level.
"Be organized. Talk from your heart. Have a heart to heart," Steger instructed the audience in the Capitol Rotunda.
Director of Education Kristen Poppleton at a St. Paul Schools Science Workshop day with Superintendent Valeria Silva and Project WET Coordinator April Rust.
It’s not surprising that one of the highlights of Mark Riegel’s internship at the Will Steger Foundation (WSF) was meeting the acclaimed polar explorer and climate change activist himself.Written by Media
By | Donavan Kavish ’13
Riegel ‘14 (Batavia, N.Y.), an environmental studies major, worked for WSF over the fall semester. Steger started the foundation in 2006 in response to the growing effects of global warming he witnessed through his many polar expeditions.
by J. Drake Hamilton
Last fall, Fresh Energy and the Will Steger Foundation hosted eight large public forums across Minnesota focused on clean energy, climate, and health. The forums, hosted by schools and faith-based communities in towns including Brainerd, St. Cloud, and Rochester, emphasized Minnesota’s clean energy path and next steps in cutting dependence on fossil fuels and creating Minnesota jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
February 14, 2013
CYCLES 2nd follow up workshop was facilitated in partnership with the Will Steger Foundation located in Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education presented the workshop to the CYCLES cohort through an environmental education perspective.
In last week's State of the State address, Gov. Mark Dayton articulated a vision for what is "best for Minnesota in the future." His bold statement of support for a clean-energy future, and his challenge to the Legislature to take the next big step forward, firmly secure his position as one of America's leaders on this critical issue.
State Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, recently held a hearing on climate control science with Polar explorer Will Steger and meteorologist Paul Douglas among the people testifying before his Environment and Energy committee.
Marty, chairman of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, also sat down with Julie Bartkey of Capitol Report (a production of Senate Media Services) to discuss the issue of climate change and whether the state of Minnesota should push for renewable energy.
Visit the Roseville Patch website to see the article online.
By Doug Grow | 02/07/13
The biggest surprise of the night came when Gov. Mark Dayton even took on the controversial issue of gay marriage.
Gov. Mark Dayton continues to surprise. On a night when most expected that the governor would deliver a short speech, essentially repeating his budget/tax proposals, Dayton turned his State of the State address into a strong message reflecting his progressive values.
Sure, there was a lot of budget talk. And there was a nod of approval for the big Mayo Clinic project, which could involve $500 million in state funds.
There even was a suggestion that next year, there should be an “Unsession” for the Legislature; a time when that august body would work only on bonding bills and emergency legislation but mostly on getting rid of unnecessary laws and regulations.
WAITE PARK – Will Steger has made his living challenging his own limits. Now, he’s challenging Minnesotans to reconsider the way they think about climate change and their own use of fossil fuels.
The world-renown explorer, and Minnesota native, is currently traveling through the with clean energy organization “Fresh Energy,” which made a stop on Monday night at Waite Park’s Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
By Jeff Blumenfeld
In March 2013, American John Huston and Norwegian Toby Thorleifsson will take part in the New Land 2013 Ellesmere Island Expedition, a 72-day journey across 630 miles of one of the last untouched wildernesses on Earth, the Canadian Arctic.
With sled dogs and on skis, the four-man party will retrace historic expedition routes of Norwegian Otto Sverdrup (1854-1930), who led a team of 17 men between 1898 and 1902 in discovering and mapping more than 150,000 square kilometers of Ellesmere Island, the northernmost landmass of North America.Few people have ventured there since, according to a presentation at the Norwalk (Conn.) Maritime Aquarium on Nov. 29.
December 8th, 2012
By Jason Wheeler
“I think we should be calling hurricanes after oil companies,” Bill McKibben joked during an interview with The UpTake last Friday while on the Minneapolis leg of his nationwide “Do the Math” tour.
“I think instead of naming them after perfectly innocent young women — everybody named Sandy in New York is gonna have to be the butt of bad jokes now for 15 years — it should have been ‘Hurricane Exxon’. And that way, when CNN was covering it, they’d report ‘Exxon is coming ashore on the coast of New Jersey at this hour and dealing death and destruction in its path!
December 4, 2012
by Kristin Tillotson
Sprawled on a massive sheet of ice that was shifting beneath him, James Balog looked down into a 2,000-foot-deep crevasse and aimed his lens.
“I’d obsessed for four years about getting that shot,” he recalled. “I figured I’d have about two minutes. There was a crack in the ice where my waist was, and a tremendous amount of uncertainty. Where the ropes were anchored, I couldn’t count on them to hold me. But once you’ve taken that initial investment of risk, you say, ‘OK, it hasn’t broken yet,’ and go to work.”
December 3rd, 2012
The image of his expedition team crossing open water near the North Pole is one Will Steger never envisioned when he was young.
Projected onto a large screen behind him, the photograph is one Steger uses to get across his message: The Earth’s climate is getting warmer, and it’s time to do something about it.
“In my wildest dreams, I never thought I’d be canoeing on the Arctic Ocean,” Steger told about 200 people at a forum Monday night at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. “But this is how drastic it’s changing.”
The forum was part of a series sponsored by the Will Steger Foundation and Fresh Energy, an environmental advocacy group.
December 07, 201
In a new documentary film National Geographic photographer James Balog documents the impact of climate change by examining polar ice.
The Sundance award-winning "Chasing Ice," is making its Minneapolis premiere Friday.
It provides vivid accounts of climate change on the world's glaciers and polar areas through photography, film and personal accounts. Balog, who had been a skeptic about climate change until about 20 years ago, said presenting evidence of climate change may make a difference to people who are still skeptical.
Balog told NPR's Talk of the Nation: "I am happy to say that in a number of auditoriums where we've presented either my lecture or the film, we've had people come up to us afterwards and say, 'You know, I worked in the oil and gas industry for 40 years,' or, 'You know, I was working for Standard Oil for decades, and I thought this whole climate change story was a lot of rubbish, it was liberal propaganda, it was academic propaganda, whatever, and I didn't realize how true it is.' So that's been immensely gratifying, that the tangible photographic, artistic evidence can move people so dramatically."
Balog joined The Daily Circuit Friday, Dec. 7 to talk about the film. Minnesota's renowned explorer Will Steger also joined the discussion.
December 03, 2012
By Haley Colwell
An environmental conference sparked ideas of social change Saturday as community members and students from across Minnesota discussed fossil fuel divestment.
More than 100 people gathered in the University of Minnesota’s Science Teaching and Student Services building Saturday for the Climate Math that Works conference. They discussed the effects of fossil fuel on the global climate and ways to push the University and other institutions to sell their stocks in fossil fuel companies.
Participants heard from speakers who contributed to past environmental activism efforts. In workshops and small groups, they brainstormed ways to push for change.
Kate Jacobson Faye, coordinator for MN350, the conference’s sponsor organization, said Minnesota’s an interesting place to talk about climate change.
Polar explorer Will Steger presents at Concordia College.
View a video of his presentation online here.
December 13th, 2012
By Suzanne McInroy, Director of Communications
Polar explorer Will Steger addressed a crowd at Bethel.
Bethel University’s student club Creation Restoration held a public forum on December 9 with polar explorer Will Steger.
More than 60 people attended to hear Steger, a world renowned environmentalist, present a firsthand account of climate change documented during his expeditions. Along with Steger, J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy, spoke about effective clean energy and clean air solutions that could benefit the economy.
The Star Tribune covers our upcoming event with National Geographic photographer James Balog and the Minneapolis premiere of the new film, Chasing Ice.
Sprawled on a massive sheet of ice that was shifting beneath him, James Balog looked down into a 2,000-foot-deep crevasse and aimed his lens.
The seventh annual Zero Emission Conference is to be held November 19-20, 2012 in Clarion Hotel Oslo Airport, Gardermoen. The Zero Emission Conference is the largest of its kind in Scandinavia. The two day program spans across a wide range of topics and perspectives, from the visions to the specific solutions.
We have invited speakers from politics, business, public management and research from around the world to try to give answers to how the climate puzzle is to be solved. We invite you to participate in the discussion to be inspired to take climate action in your own life.
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
Minnesota has made clean energy a priority in the past and must continue to do so, a presenter said at a forum at Winona State University earlier this month.
J. Drake Hamilton, the science policy director of Fresh Energy, said Minnesota is currently making progress toward cleaner energy.
The state is “fueled by smart policies that maximize our state’s use of energy conservation and set science-based limits on carbon pollution,” he said.
Fresh Energy, partnering with the Will Steger Foundation, led the Clean Energy, Climate and Health Forum at Winona State.
November 12, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal
NEW ULM - Climate change and the Christian responsibilities in stewardship of the Earth were the focus of the "Clean Energy, Climate and Health" forum held Sunday night at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
Bishop Jon Anderson, of Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA, expressed frustration that scientists and religious leaders working together are treated as an unusual sight. He said they have a natural overlap, particularly when Christians want to tackle their Biblical responsibilities of caring for the Earth.
Ever-Green Energy, District Energy St. Paul, and District Cooling St. Paul convened a joint board meeting to discuss “Climate Adaptation and Community Energy Planning.” The board members invited guests from the business, government, education, and energy and environmental sectors to launch a conversation about our shared roles and responsibilities for energy planning to enable resiliency in communities that adapting to the changing climate.
October 26, 2012
As energy market forces continue to shift, Minnesota’s largest utility now foresees meeting modestly growing electricity needs primarily with natural gas and hydropower imported from Canada.
Xcel Energy, which serves about 1.4 million customers in Minnesota, has filed major revisions to its latest long-range plan twice since 2010. The picture changed again this week when the utility said it no longer thinks proposed nuclear plant upgrades are beneficial.
October 18, 2012
Students and staff members from the University of Minnesota traveled to Los Angeles on Sunday for the 2012 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference. Held annually, the conference invites more than 1,500 academics and researchers from across North America to present and discuss a wide range of sustainability topics.
By: MPR News
At an event Monday night at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, explorer Will Steger and Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, discussed teachers coming under fire for teaching global warming and other climate change concepts.
By: Tom Niemisto
Our public K-12 science educators have a duty to teach the best science available, even when pressure mounts from parents and activists who deny findings on evolution and climate change.
By: Julie Kendrick, The Line Media
Downward dog at sunrise on the Guthrie’s Endless Bridge. Tree pose at Target Field. Savasana at First Avenue, with the DJ playing “Purple Rain” as soundtrack. These are just some of the poses--and places--that the buzz-generating Gorilla Yogis, and the loyal tribe that follows them, have experienced over the past two years. And, along the way, they’ve managed to collect thousands of dollars in donations for small local nonprofits.
By: Kristen Poppleton, Duluth News Tribune
Congressman Chip Cravaack’s amendment to eliminate funding for the National Science Foundation’s Climate Change Education Program would have a damaging impact on progress being made in climate-change education, and it seems based on an incorrect understanding of how the science foundation program works.
By Tim Harlow
Posted: April 20, 2012
Hands-on activities are at the heart of a new Science Museum exhibit that looks at how humans are affecting climate change.
Humans move more rock and sediment than all glaciers and rivers combined, and thus have become the dominant architects and engineers of Earth's climate changes.
By Stephanie Spitzer
Posted: April 23, 2012
The third annual Brooklyn Center EarthFest took place on Saturday, April 14 from noon to 4 p.m. with Will Steger of the Will Steger Foundation as the speaker from noon to 1 p.m. Over seventy exhibits in the auditorium featured how local businesses and organizations were committing themselves to be environmentally friendly.
By Maggie Koerth-Baker
Posted: April 26, 2012
"The sound of running water is not something you used to hear on an ice cap." Arctic explorer Will Steger said this last weekend, during a presentation at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Steger was showing video clips from some of his travels, and he had to speak rather loudly. Otherwise, we couldn't have heard him over the sound of running water, flowing over, under, and through an ice cap.
by Abigail Harrison
A few weeks back I was fortunate enough to participate in an Earth Day Tweetup held by the Science Museum of Minnesota. I was invited by NASA Earth Ambassador, Liz Heineke also known as The Kitchen Pantry Scientist, whom I appeared with on the Kare 11 Sunrise Edition News last week to discuss the Earth Dayevents. I am very thankful to Liz for thinking of me and including me in this amazing event!
Enough with the Angry Birds already. Here's an app really worth the money: PrimaLoft, the manufacturer of performance insulations and yarns, is sponsoring National Geographic Adventure: Greatest Stories Ever Told, a new iPad app developed from National Geographic magazine's archives.
By: University of St. Thomas News Service
Posted: April 10, 2012
Will Steger, one of the nation’s best-known explorers and a University of St. Thomas graduate, will share what he has learned as an “Eyewitness to Global Warming” at 8 p.m. Monday, April 16, in Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center on the university’s St. Paul campus.
The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University Lectures Committee and is part of St. Thomas’ Earth Week events that will run April 14 to 22.
By National Geographic Society
Posted: March 28, 2012
The editors of National Geographic present the greatest adventure stories ever told! This app features amazing stories of explorers at the moment of discovery, and their adventures on journeys around the world — enhanced with video, stunning photography, and interactive graphics. Immerse yourself in the world of adventure, and share the experiences through Facebook, Twitter, and email!
Environment Minnesota warns of worsening weather
MINNEAPOLIS - A recent weather study shows that 80 percent of Minnesotans live in counties that suffered federally declared weather-related disasters since 2006.
By Mark Frauenfelder
Posted: March 28, 2012
This app features amazing stories of explorers at the moment of discovery, and their adventures on journeys around the world — enhanced with video, stunning photography, and interactive graphics.
By Lynn Underwood
Posted: March 9, 2012
The former TV anchor now spreads the news about sustainability and his super-efficient new "farmhouse," featured on this year's tour.
By KC Powers
Posted: Friday, February 28, 2012
Will Steger-Minnesota native, internationally famous polar explorer, arctic environmentalist and educator spoke on Tuesday February 22 about his life, travels and great accomplishments.
By Patrick Anderson, La Crosse
Posted: Friday, February 22, 2012
Legendary Polar explorer and Minnesota native Will Steger attends a book signing event Tuesday at UW-La Crosse before speaking on campus. Steger led the first confirmed dogsled expedition to the North Pole in 1986 and is a leading spokesperson for arctic preservation.
By Larry Sleznikow, La Crosse
Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012
Will Steger, an internationally famous explorer and environmentalist, spoke Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
During his excellent presentation, he described his experiences participating in and leading a number of challenging Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.
Erik Boomer, pictured, and Jon Turk circumnavigated Ellesmere Island, a 1,500-mile trek in which they dealt with a curious Arctic wolf, polar bears and ever-changing elements under a midnight sun.
To stave off a breaching 3,000-pound walrus from the cockpit of a small sea kayak, Erik Boomer recommends using the paddle.
The state of Minnesota has required several power companies, including Minnesota Power, to study plans for replacing some of the state’s oldest coal plants with cheaper alternatives.
By: J. Drake Hamilton
Minnesota lawmakers have started using Legacy dollars in ways they aren’t supposed to, and if it continues, that money will no longer be available for purposes that voters intended — extra spending on clean water, the outdoors, conservation, trails and the arts and culture.
By: Nathan Bowe, DL-Online
Jan 26, 2012
The Center for Energy and Environment is excited to announce a new partnership with the Will Steger Foundation to support the Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA! MN).
YEA! MN connects youth and environmental clubs across the Twin Cities Metro area to "facilitate shared skills and strategies and take coordinated action on environmental sustainability."
CAMEL is a free, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, online resource for educators to enable them to effectively teach about climate change.
PowerPoint: Cap and Auction 101 - Will Steger Foundation
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Even though I am most known as a polar explorer, my career and lifelong passion has been as an educator. As soon as I graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1967, I taught middle-school science.
December 9, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Arctic explorer Will Steger is parking his dogsled to speak out across the country about the threat of climate change - and he says there's no mistaking what he's seen on his many journeys:
"In the polar regions the ice is starting to melt, and we're seeing the ice shelves in Antarctica and the higher arctic disappearing. At the same time, we're starting to see weather extremes all around, not only the United States, but all around the rest of the world right now.
Innovative Arctic Symposium Fosters Discussion in the American Midwest
While the snowy Arctic may seem to be a long way from the American Midwest, the "North Star" state of Minnesota has a rich tradition of polar exploration, as well as Arctic scientific and educational work. The Arctic is a region in which Canadians and Americans frequently collaborate, and the engaging discussions at a recent symposium brought the topic home for the many Minnesotans in attendance. The symposium, entitled “The Changing Arctic: International Cooperation and Development", offered the chance for experts to weigh in on the future of the Arctic as it pertains to economic development, climate change, and culture.
January 5, 2012
DULUTH - A polar explorer making a stop in the Twin Ports Wednesday night.
Will Steger stopped at Teatro Zuccone Theater to discuss how his foundation is combating climate change along with taking questions.
January 5, 2012
Loll hosted a presentation with Polar Explorer, Will Steger, last night. Over 80 people came to hear about Will's adventures along with how his foundation is combating and creating awareness about global climate change. Loll Designs proudly donates 1% of their gross sales to help aid his campaign.
December 7, 2011
PRINCETON, Minn. – The state’s own eyewitness to the impacts of climate change is making a trek to northern Minnesota this week to share his stories. Arctic explorer Will Steger is to speak tonight in Princeton and Thursday in Grand Rapids, and says there's o mistaking what he's seen on his many journeys:
National Geographic Grantmaking Reaches 10,000 Mark
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Excavation of the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. Jane Goodall's groundbreaking study of wild chimpanzees. The pioneering exploration of the deep sea by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. All the legacy of National Geographic grants.
Coca Cola is partnering with the World Wildlife Fund to conserve the ice the bears live on, which is melting at a dramatic rate. To raise awareness, the company is bringing out limited-edition Coke cans.
by Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio
November 28, 2011
St. Paul, Minn. — Tree growers have long touted their product as the environmentally friendly way to enjoy the Christmas tradition.
Because new trees are planted every year, the whole "you're killing a tree" accusation lobbed in the direction of real tree buyers just doesn't have the same sting.
CHRIST-LIKE ENVIRONMENTALISM - Arctic explorer Will Steger provided a presentation on his observations of global warming at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church Thursday evening. Steger was joined by J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director for Fresh Energy and ELCA North East Synod Bishop Tom Aitkin.
Aside from wanting to tell the real story of Jim Morrison, write a book about her family connection to Al Capone, solve every backstory street rumor you've ever heard . . . and hide from photojournalists, Christine Cassano and her stunt doubles want to take over the 36th Street diner, Our Kitchen, for one night. Her store, Amelia Flower and Garden Shoppe is housed in a building owned by Danny and Julie Zeigler, who also own Our Kitchen.
On October 12 representatives from the Climate Literacy Network came together to provide an all day workshop at the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference. The workshop, Climate Change Education: Science, Solutions, Inspiration, and Empowerment, gave participants an introduction to climate science, common climate change misconceptions, educational materials educators can use to integrate climate education into curriculum & professional development programs, and the importance of integrating climate solutions into climate change education.
In yesterday’s letter to the editor, “More Mercury Regulations,” Joseph Cronick expressed concern about the impact of mercury emitted from coal-fired power plants on his health and our environment. He is not alone.
Twenty of the world's top athletes and explorers share their wildest dream trips—a dazzling list of never attempted feats daunting to even these world-class competitors. For the rest of us, consider their must-do adventures—and start planning.
Norway’s King Harald V and Queen Sonja Open South Pole Exploration Exhibit at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport ~Explorers Liv Arneson, Ann Bancroft and Will Steger also on hand for exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s polar expedition
Polar Explorer and Environmentalist Will Steger stopped by the Loll HQ in September on his way through Duluth. Via 1% for the Planet, Loll has teamed up with Will’s foundation to aid in the global goal of positive climate change solutions. Will believes many of these changes are doable and at the same time will improve our economy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and create jobs all at the same time.
By BOB NORBERG
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
A group of 125 bicycle riders left Fortuna bound for San Francisco on Sunday as part of Climate Ride California, a 320-mile ride that is a benefit for environmental organizations.
That was the only sunny and pleasant day, said Sandra Lupien, outreach director for the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and a ride participant.
By Will Steger
Americans, at our core, traditionally have aspired to be the best at what we do. First in flight. First on the moon. Leading in innovation and medical discovery. We strive to lead. And that definitely resonates here in Minnesota.
By Shawna Hedlund
I have unconditionally supported our president since his candidacy, but as the mother of a child with asthma, I feel deeply disappointed in the choice he recently made to delay critical air-quality standards for smog pollution. Given the opportunity to follow the laws set forth in the Clean Air Act and set a protective smog standard, Obama chose to follow the legacy of George Bush. Minnesotans should be appalled at the Obama administration's failure to protect families from air pollution.
CAMEL is a free, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, online resource for educators to enable them to effectively teach about climate change.
Prominent Minnesotans, including former WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby, polar explorer Will Steger and Science Policy Director for Fresh Energy, J. Drake Hamilton, will share their connection to Minnesota, how climate change is impacting their sense of place and daily lives, and what people can do about the issue at a free public forum moderated by MPR’s Kerri Miller, sponsored by the Will Steger Foundation.
Letter of the Day (Aug. 21): Moose
Aug. 21, 2011
Have you picked up a seed packet at a garden store lately? If so, look at the zone map on the back, and you'll see that Minnesota's coldest, most northern temperature zone for growing has shrunk from anything north of Brainerd to a tiny area near the Boundary Waters.
The front-page Aug. 17 story, "A drastic strategy to rescue an icon," described the loss of our beloved moose across the northern stretches of our state, but never connects the true cause, which is the same warmer temps shown on the seed pack.
ClimateChangeLIVE Education Resources Highlights-Part 2 Webinar
Dec 11 - 07:30pm - 09:00pm
Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar: Eyewitness to Climate Change
Jan 15 - 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Professional Development Programs for Climate Change Education Webinar
Jan 29 - 07:30pm - 09:00pm
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