Seeking Diversity in Environmental Activism

By Siena Iwasaki Milbauer Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” book in 1962 ushered in wider discussion about pollutants, which turned into a focus on clean air and water. Since then, environmental rights activism has branched into multiple issues. How reflective are Minnesota’s environmental groups of the diversity of communities — their needs, their voices? This compilation offers […]

Women in Energy: Nicole Rom with Climate Generation

By Dan Thiede February 28, 2018 The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Nicole Rom, Executive Director […]

As an administration demurs, coalitions are taking the lead for the U.S. on climate change

By Benjamin Powers January 5, 2018 Non-governmental coalitions stepped up in the U.S.’s relative absence at COP23 this year. Is their activism the only thing keeping climate change at bay in America? Troy Robertson, a teacher who fled New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina only to return a month after, was among those who attended COP23 […]

Askov Finlayson giving 110% to fight climate change

By Brian Kaufenberg January 8, 2018 As a teenager, Eric Dayton sat in awe as famed polar explorer Will Steger rolled out a map of Antarctica to show him the route of an epic transcontinental expedition. The moment fueled Dayton’s love of the outdoors and exploration, gained during summers paddling through the Boundary Waters as a camper at Camp […]

Dickinson Students Attend UN Negotiation on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany

By Jessica Oren Dickinson students Espoir DelMain ’21 and Sophie Kivlehan ’21 were two of approximately to 20,000 people who spent close to two weeks in Bonn, Germany, attending United Nations (UN) negotiations on climate change and protection. Kivlehan is one of twenty-two youth plaintiffs involved in a civil rights case against the United States […]

Green Jobs Initiative unites forces for equitable access to clean energy careers

By Elena Foshay This summer, CEE joined Climate Generation to launch the Green Jobs Initiative — bringing together students, educators, businesses, and community partners to create equitable pathways to family-sustaining careers in the clean energy economy. According to Climate Generation, Minnesota is at a crossroads. From 2005 to 2015 our state increased its clean energy […]

Fall Summit prepares YES! students for success with interactive sessions

The Sleepy Eye YES! Team—students from both Sleepy Eye High School and St. Mary’s High School—recently attended the Fall Summit. The 11th Annual Fall Summit, held at St. John’s University on Oct. 11, engaged over 200 students and coaches from 14 Youth Energy Summit (YES!) teams from central and southern Minnesota. The Sleepy Eye YES! […]

Minnesotans in Bonn Say Climate Progress is Up to States

By Laurie Stern, Public News Service – MN ST. PAUL, Minn. – Several Minnesotans are among 25,000 delegates from all over the world seeking global solutions to climate change. The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties, or COP 23, is meeting this week and next in Bonn, Germany, to compare progress on reducing carbon […]