Author: Policy

Public Engagement

A key strategy of our policy work is public engagement. By working with the public we are able to galvanize their support for clean energy and climate policies. To advance state and federal policy that address solutions to climate change, we are mobilizing the public and elected officials through the compelling narrative and credibility of […]

Clean Air Act Defense

WSF volunteer Aimee Jaroscak delivers Clean Air Act postcards to Congressman Chip Cravaack. Postcards were collected at events in Grand Rapids and Princeton, MN. The Clean Air Act is literally a lifesaver. Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1970 and it is one of the most successful environmental laws anywhere in the world. For […]

Collaboration with Health Professionals

In 2011 the Will Steger Foundation collaborated with the public health community to raise awareness of the health implications from air pollution caused by our fossil fuel energy use. Actions: Held a telepresser event with a health professional on UCS report: Climate Change and Your Health: rising Temperatures, Worsening Ozone Pollution which generated media. Health […]

Clean Air

Air pollution is a scourge on our health, climate, and economy. Burning fossil fuels is the main cause of both air pollution and climate change, and health experts have concluded that climate change will actually make air pollution an even greater health threat, unless fossil fuel emissions are drastically reduced. The Clean Air Act is […]

Accomplishments

Since 2006, we have had a major role in the following policy accomplishments: Will Steger appointed to Governor Pawlenty’s Climate Change Advisory Group Renewable Electricity Standard in MN Next Generation Act of 2007 Maintaining Minnesota’s Clean Energy Path Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs campaign 1.5% Solar Energy Standard, with a goal of 10% by 2030 […]

Clean Energy

We are on the verge of a profound shift in the way we produce and use energy. This shift will move the world away from the consumption of fossil fuels (such as oil, coal and natural gas) that cause climate change, toward cleaner, renewable forms of power. The popularity of clean energy is already exploding […]

Policy Position

Policies we support must: Stabilize CO2 in the atmosphere at 350 ppm Cuts emissions in the US by 30-40% from 2005 levels by 2020 and 80% or more by 2050

Overview

“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising average sea level.” – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report Our understanding of climate change is largely the result of the Intergovernmental […]

Clean Energy Forums with Focus the Nation

Will Steger Foundation was proud to partner with Focus the Nation (www.focusthenation.org) to sponsor a series of regional forums across the Midwest in collaboration with local policy makers and community members, highlighting the need and opportunity to transition to a clean energy future. Members from the Expedition Copenhagen delegation, along with other Midwest youth, took […]

Alaska Eyewitness to Climate Change Tour

Will’s Eyewitness presentation is an effective tool for motivating the general public and policymakers towards climate action. With support from Clean Energy Works and several Alaska-based organizations, Will’s Eyewitness message hit the road with a tour of Alaska’s major metropolitan centers, Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks. Will sat down with media in all three cities to […]