Guess who made the Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40?

Letter from the Executive Director

I was truly honored to have been selected by the Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40, a new program to highlight emerging leaders throughout the region and their work to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy.

We congratulated Xcel Energy’s plan to retire Sherco 1 & 2 by 2026 and slash carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030.  The plan also calls for 1,200 megawatts of renewable energy, including a new 50 megawatt solar installation at the site of the Sherco plant in Becker. Will Steger published a letter to the editor in the Star Tribune to celebrate Xcel’s commitment.

IMG_1370We hosted a packed screening for the premiere of our tpt-produced documentary MN Stories in a Changing Climate. Guests enjoyed complimentary popcorn, Bent Paddle beer samples, and an engaging panel that included Paul Douglas, Will Steger, Roopali Phadke, Erin Meier, Jeremy Lee, and Jerry Untiedt and was moderated by producer David Gillette. Our discussion guide, dvd and public viewing of film shorts are available on our Climate Minnesota website.  Please join us at our local Climate Minnesota Convening on Thursday, November 12 in Hopkins with special guest Paul Douglas. This is also the same day as Give to the Max Day, November 12th – we encourage you to join us in person or online!


Nicole Rom, Executive Director


yes logoThanks to support from the McKnight Foundation we are partnering with YES!, (Youth Energy Summit), this year to provide climate literacy content to youth and their action teams in Greater Minnesota. After our first presentation, one YES! student from western Minnesota told us: “My view was drastically changed from the beginning to the end of this presentation.  My parents have always said this is a hoax.  This is really important!” Read more about YES! and what our partnership means in our latest Education Blog.

MSCC_Title_ShotOur co-production with Twin Cities Public Television, Minnesota Stories in A Changing Climate, is now available on our website!  This documentary shares six stories from Minnesotans experiencing climate change and provides context from climate experts. The story segments include accompanying discussion questions and a discussion guide is available to download for free . We are also selling copies of the full production. To schedule a viewing and more, visit for more information.

Our Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions convenings continue throughout the state of Minnesota and the media is on it!  Read more about our visits to Owatonna and the Iron Range.

Join us on October 22nd as we host an open house with our COP21 Education Ambassadors at the Avalon School in St. Paul  from 7 – 8:30 pm. Meet our Minnesota Education Ambassadors, learn about these pivotal negotiations, and support our international climate work.

jaredinternThe Education team welcomed Jared Sousa, a junior at Macalester College majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Last summer, Jared worked with Macalester professors Roopali Phadke (a new Climate Generation Board member) and Christie Manning to support and manage community-generated grant projects that were designed to increase local resilience to climate change and extreme weather in a number of Saint Paul communities. Jared is supporting Climate Minnesota with outreach, content creation and evaluation.

Emerging Leaders

MidwestYouthClimateConvergenceA special thank you to our Midwest Youth Climate Convergence partners helping us launch this unique and powerful youth climate event: Energy Action Coalition, Fossil Free Student Divestment Network, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, MN350,, Grand Aspirations, and MN Public Interest Research Group. Read our recent blog post to learn more about this three day working retreat. Register and apply now! Help us spread the word by joining us on Facebook and following us on twitter: #MidwestConverge.

Mentorship-image1-XLOur Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program registration process is open! We are matching young climate leaders with veteran staff across the Midwest in a shared learning experience. This year’s program will build on our progression of guided activities to support strategic conversations that can lead to increased partnership across the generational spectrum, focused specifically on climate change efforts across eight Midwest states. We hope that by matching dynamic leaders in each state, we can contribute to personal, organizational and movement growth, affecting climate change solutions at a local and state level, as well as regionally and nationally. Learn more and apply here.

In the News

Shakopee teacher to attend United Nations climate change conference

logo_startribBilly Koenig, a science teacher at Shakopee High School, was selected to join Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy’s educator delegation that will be participating in the United Nations COP21 climate change conference in Paris this December. The 10 Education Ambassadors will share their experiences with students around the U.S. through webcasts and daily blog posts.

Minnesota’s tropical connection: Heavy downpours again

mprnews_thumb170Paul Huttner, the featured speaker at our Climate Minnesota: Mankato Convening, spoke about the event multiple times on MPR leading up to the event and mentioned the convening in his Updraft blog the day after.

Climate Minnesota highlights climate science and community solutions on the Range

Minnesota BrownOur Climate Minnesota: Iron Range Convening on September 24th generated news coverage in local papers and blogs, including a preview article interviewing Will in the Mesabi Daily News, a post anticipating the convening on the Minnesota Brown blog, and an event recap highlighting Will Steger as well as the three local storytellers in the Ely Timberjay.

Will Steger Letter to the Editor applauds Xcel’s clean energy leadership

logo_startribWill Steger published a letter to the editor in the Star Tribune to celebrate Xcel’s commitment to retire Sherco 1 & 2 by 2026 and slash carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030. He writes, “When the largest utility in the state — which also happens to be the largest wind producer in the U.S. — recognizes the compelling economic, environmental and societal case for transitioning away from coal, it’s evident our clean energy future is here now, just as climate change is here now.”

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Our Executive Director Nicole Rom was selected to the Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40! This impressive group demonstrates the power behind Midwest leadership in transitioning to an equitable, sustainable clean energy future for all. Join us in congratulating Nicole! Meet the 40 under 40 award winners.


Join Minneapolis 2015: Last Stop Before Paris

LastStopBeforeParisOn October 25th, 2015 Partnership for Change and Citizens’ Climate Lobby will convene a globally-networked discussion on the impact of climate change on communities, the role of citizens in driving change. Outcomes from the 25th will inform a high-level Chatham House rules dialogue on Monday October 26, featuring leaders from business, government, advocacy, and scholarship. Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the Pathway to Paris coalition will bring outcomes from Minneapolis 2015 to the global climate negotiations that open in Paris on November 30. Registration is free.

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