Climate Change Plans Oh My!

Letter from the Executive Director

obamaclimateplantWe hope you’ve heard the President’s Climate Change plan to cut carbon pollution: taking action for youth and future generations!  The President articulated a three pronged approach in taking steps toward reversing the effects of climate change and leaving a more sustainable future for our children: 1) Cut carbon pollution in America 2) Prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change and 3) Lead international efforts to address climate change. We are seeing demonstrations of climate leadership at the national and local level.

The Star Tribune ran an excellent editorial in reaction to Obama’s plan, and at the same time the City of Minneapolis adopted its own aggressive climate plan that aims to reduce citywide greenhouse gases 15 percent by 2015 and 30 percent by 2025 from a 2006 baseline.

Together, we can educate others toward climate change solutions and expand the conversation for action.


Nicole Rom, Executive Director


Recap Summer Institute on Energy EducationRecap on the Summer Institute on Energy Education
Nearly 40 educators joined us from around Minnesota for the Energy Education Institute in June. By all measures it was a success. Check out photos, resources and reflections on the recap webpage.

Deadline Extended: Youth Voices of Change Video Contest
Looking for something to do with your kids this summer? Dream up a project or show something you already are working on in a short film and get the chance to win great prizes, including a chance at a $350 seed grant for your community or organization (don’t worry, individuals get great prizes too). Rules, inspiration and more can be found here:

Going like hotcakes: Summer Institute on Minnesota’s Changing Climate is Full!
Aug. 6th-7th we’re hosting a professional development event for educators, the Summer Institute on Minnesota’s Changing Climate, at Fort Snelling State Park. We have reached our capacity and registration is now closed. However, cancellations are not uncommon and we welcome you to contact us to join our waiting list. Email John Smith.

Emerging Leaders

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Katie Mercer-Taylor Joe Kruse

Hear from one of our young climate leaders about her experience working on climate and clean energy policy this year. Recent Roseville High School graduate and future Oberlin College student, Katie Mercer-Taylor reflects on her involvement with YEA! MN and the Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign at the MN State Capitol.

Thank you Joe! We wish our outgoing YEA! MN Program Coordinator Joe Kruse well as he moves on to other endeavors and appreciate his amazing work and dedication over the past two years.

Will Steger Foundation is hiring! We are now accepting applications for our YEA! MN Program Coordinator position. Join our fun and energetic team. Youth experience and strong interpersonal skills required.

We are excited to launch an equity and inclusion process this summer aimed at identifying barriers to building a more diverse and inclusive YEA! MN youth program. This is a first step in our on-going effort to better integrate and institutionalize the values of environmental justice and continue our strong and exciting growth as an organization. Stay tuned for updates!

In The News

National Geographic

National Geographic
National Geographic published a special edition magazine marking the anniversary of their 125 years of great explorations. Will Steger is interviewed and pictured in the lead article “Why Explore” by Peter Miller.

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Bring Me The News

Bring Me the News
Journalist, Don Shelby interviews Will Steger about his life, legacy, and adventure.

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logoTake Part
Journalist, author and producer, Jon Bowermaster interviews Will Steger about what the melting ice is telling us.

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St. Could TimesSt. Cloud Times
Will Steger is featured in the St. Cloud Times following a recent talk in Clearwater MN, titled Clean Energy, Climate, and Health.

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Last year, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) required Xcel Energy to study the economic viability of continuing to operate its oldest coal-fired power units at the Sherco Generating Station in Becker, Minnesota. Xcel recently released its study and determined that it will keep running Sherco 1 and 2 coal-burning units versus retiring the units and replacing them with efficiency and cleaner energy – for now. Minnesota has an economy-wide goal to reduce carbon pollution at least 30 percent by 2025. The Sherco plant is our state’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, responsible for more than 13 million tons of carbon pollution each year.

Take Action: If you live in the Granite Falls area, attend a free public forum on September 15 with Fresh Energy’s J. Drake Hamilton and polar explorer Will Steger. The forum will provide information about Xcel’s required study and give you the opportunity to submit a comment on the future of the Sherco power plant units. You can also submit a comment to the PUC directly.

Photo of the Month

Participating educators at the Summer Institute for Energy Education, June 2013, Audubon Center of the Northwoods.


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