Celebrating 2014!

Letter from the Executive Director

The Will Steger Foundation had another unbelievable year thanks to your support! 

We invite you to share in our accomplishments in our 2013-2014 annual report

Will Steger Foundation StaffEarlier this month we had an engaging workshop with master storyteller Kevin Kling and his partner Mary Ludington to help our team be able to share our own climate story.   The session will help us in the development of our upcoming public outreach project, Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate, which will launch with 12 public forums, educator workshops and a TPT produced television program in 2015.

I was also honored to join The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) for a Climate Education and Literacy Roundtable on December 3rd, as part of the launch of a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative.  The Initiative will help connect American students and citizens with the best-available, science-based information about climate change. The White House’s launch also included a number of exciting new commitments by Federal agencies and outside groups, including the Will Steger Foundation, which was one of 30 projects chosen from 150 submitted projects! We encourage you to learn about these new commitments on the newly released White House Factsheet.

These experiences remind us that we are a leading voice for climate literacy and education nationally, as well as locally.

Thank you to all of our friends, board members and supporters for joining us at our 2nd and very successful Dine for Climate event at French Meadow Bakery & Café and Bluestem Bar on December 11th. Don’t miss out on the next one in the series – featuring a very special menu at Spoonriver on January 8th!

As we near the end of 2014 and in the spirit of giving, we invite you to support our work. Thank for being a part of the solution!

From all of us at the Will Steger Foundation, we wish you the best this holiday season!


Nicole Rom, Executive Director


Advancing Climate Literacy and Climate Change Education
Advancing Climate Literacy and Climate Change EducationWill Steger Foundation Executive Director Nicole Rom joined The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) for a Climate Education and Literacy Roundtable on December 3rd, 2014, as part of the launch of a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative. The Roundtable provided a chance to discuss successful efforts underway and ideas for new actions and opportunities to enhance climate change education and literacy through K-12, high education, and informal education. The meeting reaffirmed that the Will Steger Foundation’s approach to our education efforts – to support educators, students and the public with science-based interdisciplinary education resources on climate change, it’s implications and solutions, to achieve climate literacy – is absolutely answering President Obama’s call for climate literacy and education.  A3e look forward to continuing our work and being a part of “Lifting America’s Game in Climate Education, Literacy, and Training.

Professional Development
Watch our Director of Education Kristen Poppleton talk about Midwest National Climate Assessment Educational Resources on this archived NASA webcast.

Celebrate 10 years of climate change education at our 10th Summer Institute for Climate Change Education!  Register and more info here.

Minnesotans at COP20 in Lima, Peru
Follow our partner school, the School of Environmental Studies at COP 20 and use our Citizen Climate curriculum guide to teach your students about international climate negotiations.  

Emerging Leaders

Strong showing from MN youth in support of the Clean Power Plan
YEA! MNWe had great youth participation from Minnesota in the Regional Week of Action in November. 19 youth (college and high school) from MPIRG, MN Interfaith Power & Light and Will Steger Foundation’s YEA! MN program gathered at Governor Dayton’s office to deliver over 1,100 postcards & 230 photo petitions. Kumar Flower-Kay, a senior at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis and our YEA! MN intern shared his reflection on the experience. In addition, our Minnesota youth leaders have been working in coordination with the Clean Power Plan campaign to target media by submitting letters to the editors and op-eds to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St Paul Pioneer Press and Chicago Tribune. YEA! MN intern Kumar Flower-Kay had one published in Twin Cities Daily Planet about the meeting at Governor Dayton’s office.

2014-2015 Mentorship Program Launched!
24 participants from across Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan are off and running in this year’s co-mentorship program. Read more about the mentorship pairs and the other new approaches we are integrating into the 2014-2015 program year.

In The News

mn monthly thumb170Minnesota Monthly – The Will Steger Foundation is partnering with local farm-to-table restaurants in an ongoing event series this winter called “Dine for Climate,” as they attempt to highlight the connection between climate change and the food on our plates.

journal 111314 thumb170The Journal – The Will Steger Foundation kicks off its new Dine for Climate series. The monthly series aims to educate diners about the links between modern agricultural systems and climate change. A portion of the proceeds from each dinner goes to the foundation.

daily planet thumb170In a new event series, Dine for Climate, the Will Steger Foundation is making the connection between climate change and our food system by partnering with local restaurants.

YEA! MN intern and Clean Power Plan youth leader, Kumar Flower-Kay, a DeLaSalle high school senior, recently published an article in Twin Cities Daily Planet about his experience bringing thousands of youth postcards to Governor Dayton’s office recently.



Dine for ClimateThanks to everyone who has joined us at our first two Dine for Climate events at the Birchwood Café (November) and French Meadow Bakery & Café and Bluestem Bar (December) and to our fabulous restaurant partners!

Dine for Climate makes the connection between climate change and our food system; agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and the food choices we make do have an impact. By sourcing organic and local food, our partner restaurants all share a commitment to delicious food, healthy communities, and a sustainable planet.

Join us at Spoonriver on January 8th and then the Mill City Farmer’s Market on Saturday January 10th!  30% of proceeds will support our work! Who knew saving the planet could be so delicious!

Photo of the Month

Photo of the Month
Executive Director Nicole Rom joins White House Roundtable Discussion on Climate Literacy in December. Read more about her experience.




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