Celebrate Earth Day!

Letter from the Executive Director

Clean Energy and Jobs DayIt’s April and that means it’s time to celebrate Earth Day all month long! We have several wonderful opportunities for you to get involved:

Don’t miss our final live webinar of the series: “Global Changes, Local Impacts: The National Climate Assessment” featuring Minda Berbeco, the Programs and Policy Director for the National Center on Science Education. The event will air live on April 16th, 6:30 PM Central Time. 

Annual Appreciation Breakfast – Red Stag Supperclub, Minneapolis. Mon. April 21st, 7:30 – 9:00 am RSVP today.

Clean Energy and Jobs Day of Action at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda April 22, 4 pm

Join the Will Steger Foundation and over 60+ member groups of the Clean Energy and Jobs campaign as we push for 50% of our electricity from renewable energy by 2030. Be a part of the climate movement in Minnesota – we need you at the Capitol!

Shop at Whole Foods Maple Grove location and all bag donations support us from April-June!

Show your support of the EPA and their #ActonClimate campaign by sharing on your social network: “For Earth Day, I commit to protect the climate. Take small actions that add up!” #ActOnClimate Read More…

We hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Nicole Rom, Executive Director


Our Director of Education Kristen Poppleton joined 50 other educators selected as curators for the National Science Teacher’s Association in Boston.  Kristen is receiving training on the Next Generation Science Standards and identifying resources that support them.  She is using all she learns to update the Will Steger Foundation’s curricula.

natl climate impact assessment

Learn about the impacts and indicators of climate change in our latest webinar: Global Changes, Local Impacts. It’s a look inside the latest research in the National Climate Assessment which seeks to compile the known impacts and indicators of climate change on the United States. April 16th, 6:30-7:30 PM Central Time. Free and open to the public. Learn more and register today.
Engage youth in climate change solutions through video! Youth Voices of Change is our annual video contest for grades 4-12. All students have to do is make a video that raises awareness or describes their plan of action about climate change. Finalists have their videos shown on the big screen at the Minnesota State Fair. Winners will receive great prizes. One lucky young person will get a $350 seed grant for their project. Learn more and submit your video today.

Summer InstituteDon’t miss the early-bird rate for the Summer Institute! Register now for the Midwest’s climate change education event of the year. All attendees will get 2 nights lodging and 3 days of meals, world-class keynote presenters, guest expert scientists and educators, curriculum, materials and more! Until May 15th, the fee is only $125. Learn more about the Summer Institute online. (And share it with your friends and colleagues.)

Emerging Leaders

Exclusive Youth Summit with Gov. Dayton
Youth Lobby DayFollowing on the heels of an outstanding Youth Lobby Day at the MN State Capitol, high school and college age youth will meet with Will Steger and Governor Dayton for an exclusive youth summit on Minnesota’s clean energy future. The meeting will take place on April 22nd, at 2:30 pm, prior to the Clean Energy & Jobs Earth Day Rally in the Capitol Rotunda. The Will Steger Foundation is coordinating with the Sierra Student Coalition, MPIRG, and MN Youth Environmental Network for the event. Registration required. Contact natalie@willstegerfoundation.org.

Youth Lobby Day Over 125 young people turned out for the Youth Environmental Lobby Day on March 31st, hosted by the Will Steger Foundation and 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.

In The News

Highland VillagerSaint Paul Central High School senior and co-chair of YEA! MN, Bryn Shank writes an op-ed to the Highland Villager

Climate CastEvery Thursday, MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner joins The Daily Circuit to talk about the latest research on our changing climate and the consequences we’re seeing here in Minnesota and worldwide. Will Steger is mentioned in the broadcast.

MPRnewsFormer UnitedHealth Group executive Lois Quam has been named chief operating officer of the international conservation group Nature Conservancy. She credits Will Steger with influencing her move to The Nature Conservancy.


ActionIn Minnesota…
The Will Steger Foundation is the One Dime at a Time beneficiary at Whole Foods Market Maple Grove for the months of April, May & June. Use your own bags when you shop at that location, and tell your cashier you’d like to donate your $.10 bag credit to the Foundation.

April 22 is Earth Day and the EPA is celebrating all month, sharing a new tip each day to help you act on climate change. “For Earth Day, I commit to protect the climate. Take small actions that add up! #ActOnClimate 

Photo of the Month

Join us for our annual Appreciation Breakfast at the LEED certified Red Stag Supperclub, Monday April 21st, 7:30-9 am. RSVP here.


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