We’ve been feeling a lot of love this month at the Will Steger Foundation! We’ve seen MPR cover climate change in a bigger and bolder way, including a feature with our founder Will Steger. Our partner educator, Craig Johnson, from the School of Environmental Studies (SES) in Apple Valley, MN was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for […]
The 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 […]
The 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 […]
As 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 […]
Today, the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign released its policy agenda for 2015. The Will Steger Foundation is proud to support these common sense policies that will build on Minnesota’s clean energy success. Increasing the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 40 percent by 2030 and the energy savings plan for utilities from 1.5 to […]
On November 8th, 2014 YEA! MN hosted Youth CAN! a one day conference about the intersections of climate change, environmental justice, social justice, and what we can do about these issues facing us today. The inspiration for Youth CAN!, (Youth Climate Action Now!), came from an idea by YEA! MN steering committee student, Sjournee Cornelius-Quaidoo, […]
My passion first started when I saw Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, where I wondered how we as a society could overlook such an obvious crisis looming overhead, or at least obvious to some of us. I wanted to be a part of the solution, not the problem.
My name is Sarah Evans and I am a rising senior at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. This next year I will be graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies and Latin. This summer, I was lucky enough to be accepted into the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University […]
Congressman Ellison wrote a great piece in the Huffington Post highlighting the need for the Environmental Protection Agency to pass strong carbon pollution standards for new and existing coal-burning power plants and called on Xcel Energy to transition Units 1 & 2 of the Sherco coal plant- Minnesota’s largest carbon emitter- to clean energy.
I was a high school junior when I first heard about the Sierra Student Coalition’s grassroots organizing training program, called Sprog (short for Summer Program). I’d just returned from studying environmental science intensively at a semester boarding school program in Wisconsin, and I was looking for ways to turn my new understanding of environmental issues […]