The Will Steger Foundation was proud to support students at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, MN and their desire to meet with their State Senator for an in-district meeting regarding clean energy solutions. While our YEA! MN Coordinator, Natalie Cook, secured the meeting time and place for the students, it was the youth who led the meeting and asked the questions most relevant to their lives.
A core program of the Will Steger Foundation, YEA! MN supports a network of high school environmental clubs working together across the Twin Cities Metro to empower student leadership on climate change solutions, facilitate shared skills and strategies, and take coordinated action at home, at school, and in the wider community.
Last Friday, February 28th, five students had the opportunity to talk with Senator Clausen, of Minnesota District 57 about education and clean energy financing in schools. These students included Gillian Wychor, Tony Vo, A.J. Soukey, Kelly Rudnicki, and Casey Gersch, all seniors at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley.
Apple Valley High School Students meet with Senator Clausen in District 57
Students were able to have a conversation about the new Clean Energy Financing bill, and how it could enhance our school infrastructures. Clausen shared his supportive views on clean energy, and students discussed the Solar Standard that he had voted to pass in the year prior. Students were encouraging him to vote on the new Energy Efficiency Standard. A.J Soukey in particular was interested in the Minnesota energy subsidies and created some great dialogue with Senator Clausen about it!
The students would like to take the opportunity to thank Senator Clausen for spending his Friday afternoon with us!