Cutting Carbon

Letter from the Executive Director

-OBAMA-ClimateActionPlan-01President Obama unveiled a new rule to confront climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the nation’s greatest source of the heat-trapping gas. Power generation accounts for about 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA’s new rule sets overall pollution reduction targets for states and gives them considerable flexibility on how to meet those goals. In effect, the rule will enact some features of the so-called cap-and-trade plan that passed the House in 2009 but died in the Senate. States would have an overall ceiling on the amount of greenhouse gases their power plants could emit – the cap. They allow utility companies to trade in the hope of finding efficient, low-cost ways to achieve those goals. National limits on carbon pollution maintains Minnesota’s freedom to continue implementing policies that preserve our unique quality of life, while protecting our communities from pollution from neighboring states.

The Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign has accomplished a lot over the past year and a half, winning the first-ever statewide solar standard of 1.5 percent by 2020 (with a goal of 10 percent by 2030) during the 2013 legislative session. In 2014, the campaign achieved additional advances in renewables deployment and energy efficiency.

Our second Brewing a Better Climate event was a success and attendees enjoyed meeting several climate change educators involved in our Education work! Thank you for your support!

The Will Steger Foundation team has spent the past year examining diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more about our work and recent workshops on our blog.  We look forward to creating a plan over the summer and building off of our progress in the year ahead.

Sincerely,

Nicole Rom, Executive Director


Education

Summer Institute
Summer Institute Keynote SpeakersSoak in your summer and advance your career at the same time: Join us at the 2014 Summer Institute for Climate and Energy Education! See the event agenda including special guests, trainings and good times. Registration is open into July – but don’t wait because spots are filling fast. Register today and learn more online.

Youth Voices of Change Finalists Announced!
Watch these top-notch youth-made videos about climate change and environmental issues: See our 2014 Finalists here! All of the awards will be announced and the videos shown on the big screen at the Youth Voices Film Festival, August 22nd at the MN State Fair’s Eco-Experience Pavilion. Learn more online and see you at the Fair!

Meet our Summer Education Intern: Jenna Totz!
We’re privileged to bring Jenna onboard this summer as our Education Intern. She’s a former classroom teacher beginning a career in environmental education, finishing a Master’s Degree and preparing for the adventure of a lifetime: a year-long trip around the United States with her spouse!  She will be supporting our curriculum updates, Summer Institute and much, much, more. Thank you, Jenna!


Emerging Leaders

YEA! MN Celebrates Strong Program Year!
YEA! MN is celebrating the close of an outstanding program year with a weekend retreat at The Lake Country Land School in rural Wisconsin. The weekend is a chance for youth leaders at high schools across the YEA! MN network to share the challenges and success stories related to their climate action projects, plan for the coming year, and say goodbye to graduating seniors. Along with a campfire, singing, and s’mores, students will also be volunteering in the Land School gardens and exploring the surrounding trails.

Headwaters Foundation for JusticeWSF Receives Community Innovation Grant from Headwaters Foundation for Justice
WSF is honored to receive a competitive Community Innovation grant from Headwaters Foundation for Justice and the Bush Foundation to coordinate a MN High School Climate Justice Convergence this fall in the Twin Cities. The event is a youth driven initiative working with partners across the state to explore the intersection of climate change and social justice. YEA! MN students will be directly engaged in partnership development, planning, and event facilitation. Contact Natalie Cook, YEA! MN Coordinator, for more information:natalie@willstegerfoundation.org


Action!

Show your support of the EPA carbon ruling through your social network!

Sample social message:
I applaud the EPA’s carbon pollution standards. Thank you, EPA! We need your leadership! ‪#‎MNCleanEnergy ‪#‎ActOnClimate ‪#‎EPACarbonRuling

Conservation Minnesota has put up a change.org petition on the new carbon rules at: http://chn.ge/1kASodY. Please consider adding your name in support of this landmark effort to cut carbon pollution!


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