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Letter from the Executive Director

logo gtmdThanks to everyone who supported us on Give to the Max Day on November 14th! Eight donors generously provided $10,000 in matching funds – which helped us raise $18,075 from 76 donors! Missed your chance to donate? You can still support us anytime. All donations over $100 received by December 16 will receive a prAna gift card and can still count towards our matching grant. Donate today.

In other funding news – we are happy to report the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) recommended that our latest environmental education project, Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate, receive $325,000 of funding! While this is not the full amount we requested, this is still great news. In short, this two-year project aims to collect and share stories on climate impacts here in Minnesota in forums and workshops around the state and via an interactive website and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) program. The funding still needs to be approved by the legislature. Watch for more information soon!

We had a successful Minnesota’s Clean Air and Climate Forum with Congressman Ellison and Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, who discussed the new rule proposed by President Obama to limit carbon pollution. Speakers also included Will Steger, Javier Morillo, SEIU Local 26 President, Mohamed Idris of the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa, Sierra Club’s Karen Monahan and Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger. In addition, the audience of over 250 people heard from over 40 youth leaders about their recent Power Shift experience and enjoyed two performances by The Green Team.


Nicole Rom, Executive Director


NGSS RFWOur Director of Education, Kristen Poppleton, was selected by the National Science Teacher’s Association to join a group of experts identifying resources that will help teachers implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These resources will be featured on the new NGSS@NSTA Portal. 55 educators were selected to be a curator from a pool of over 650 applicants, and each will focus on a particular topic in the NGSS. Kristen will be focusing on identifying resources on the topic of Human Impacts in Middle School Earth and Space Science, attending the national conference in April and using what she learns about NGSS to revise the Will Steger Foundation curriculum collection.

You’re invited to the 2014 Summer Institute for Climate Change and Energy Education, August 4-6th, 2014! Integrate STEM content into any subject-area and deepen your ability to teach about energy and climate change with curriculum and experiences from this professional development event. The cost includes two nights lodging, meals, and great curriculum and materials. Come for the free giveaways, CEUs and optional grad credit, and stay for the inspiring keynotes, guest scientists and campfire conversations with some of the Midwest’s best educators. Learn more & register online!

Follow students from our partner school, the School of Environmental Studies, at this year’s United Nations climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland.  Read more here.

Emerging Leaders

EllisonyouthWe supported nearly 200 Minnesota high school and college-aged youth to attend Power Shift 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA last month. Power Shift always lives up to its promises to be the national climate movement event of the year, especially for young people. Read this story of one of our organizers, Savannah Duby as she prepared for the event.  We’re excited to support all of our youth leaders as they turn their new inspiration and ideas into projects here in MN!

YEA! MN took the lead in this month’s Minnesotan’s United for Clean Air forum with U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison and Reverend Yearwood from the Hip Hop Caucus. High school student leaders facilitated a Q&A session with the Congressman and spoke at the podium to call for a stronger carbon rule. 

WSF launches the second year of innovative mentorship programming this fall, matching 20 youth climate leaders with 20 veteran staff at environmental organizations and institutions across the Midwest. The program values both participants as experts and equals, and is aimed at fostering mutual growth across the generational spectrum. 

We are honored to be a recipient of the 2013 Hennepin County Green Partners Environmental Education Program funding to expand and deepen our Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA! MN) program. Hennepin County provides funding and support to organizations to implement projects that empower residents to reduce waste, increase recycling, reduce toxicity, conserve energy and protect water quality.

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In The News

wdaz thumb170Will Steger and the Canadian Consulate General celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the 1913 Canadian Arctic expedition on November 5th at the University of North Dakota. The expedition was led by UND’s own Vailhjalmur Stefansson.

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Grand Forks Herald
gfherald thumb170On November 5, the University of North Dakota and the Canadian government honored Vilhjalmar Stefansson, an alumnus who was the last person to discover new land on Planet Earth. Will Steger, this era’s most prominent Arctic explorer, was in Grand Forks for the event.

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2014 Climate Ride Registration Now Open!

Nicole Dave ClimateRideJoin Climate Ride and support the Will Steger Foundation at the same time! In September 2012, our Executive Director Nicole Rom biked over 300 miles along California’s coast with past board member David Bryan as a participant of Climate Ride. This is a fantastic opportunity! “I personally cannot wait until I can do it again, but in the meantime, I encourage you to sign up – and at the same time, choose the Will Steger Foundation as the beneficiary for your ride!”

Climate Ride California, May 17-20, 2014 — See the new 4-day route!
Climate Ride NYC-DC, September 20-24, 2014 — The iconic ride returns!

Photo of the Month

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We supported nearly 200 Minnesota high school and college-aged youth to attend Power Shift 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA last month. Power Shift always lives up to its promises to be the national climate movement event of the year, especially for young people.


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