The Will Steger Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program is engaging forty environmental leaders in six Midwest states in powerful dialog across the generational spectrum. This co-mentorship model pairs young and veteran environmental leaders with complementing experience and growth interests to share perspectives in an egalitarian exchange.
Over 125 young people turned out for the Youth Environmental Lobby Day at the MN State Capitol, hosted by the Will Steger Foundation and the MN Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), calling for a stronger state Renewable Energy Standard to provide all Minnesotans with at least 50% of their electricity from renewable energy by 2030, and to expand energy efficiency programs that work. High School Sophomore, Kendra Roedl, was as the event and shares her reflection below.
The Will Steger Foundation was proud to support students at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, MN and their desire to meet with their State Senator for an in-district meeting regarding clean energy solutions. While our YEA! MN Coordinator, Natalie Cook, secured the meeting time and place for the students, it was the youth who led the meeting and asked the questions most relevant to their lives.
On Wednesday, January 29th, four South High School students met with Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Canoto discuss the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center(HERC) incinerator. We were: sophomore, Sjournee Quaidoo, and seniors, Vivi Grieco, Shira Breen, and Etta Harkness Bartholdi. Previous to our meeting we had been learning about this issue and had been taking action for a few weeks by tabling for postcards at our school and going to HERC coalition meetings. Walking into the meeting, our goal was to convince Councilmember Cano to vote no on the HERC expansion in the spring. The discussion we had ended up going beyond what we all planned!
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