Join us at the Minnesota State Capitol on Earth Day!

Letter from the Executive Director

DaytonEnvtalCongress RFWIn Congress, signs of progress on a few small-scale energy bills are evident, but action at the state level is more robust. Thanks to 29 states with renewable energy standards and more than 20 states with clean energy trust funds, we have doubled the renewable energy capacity in the U.S. In 2012, 49% of new electrical generating capacity in the U.S. was from renewables, primarily wind. This has never happened before. In January 2013, 100% of new electrical power capacity came from renewables. In Minnesota, we’re focused on expanding our renewable energy standard so that 50% of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2030. Join us this Earth Day – April 22nd – at the State Capitol to support clean energy and good jobs!

Meanwhile, climate change continues to take a toll on our polar areas. In the Arctic, melting sea ice—which reached its sixth lowest level on record last month— is driving its own extreme weather patterns. Several researchers noted that warming conditions in the Arctic may be weakening jet stream currents, causing extreme weather systems to hover in northern mid-latitudes.

Dr. James Hansen, the planet’s premier climate scientist, announced his retirement as head of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, where he began his career in 1967. Dr. Hansen issued the clearest warning of the 20th century about the dangers of global warming and was courageous in his call for climate action during his career in public service. Retiring from NASA will enable him to pursue political and legal efforts to limit greenhouse gases. We were honored to host Dr. Hansen in Minnesota in 2008. Watch a video of our conversation here and our reaction to his retirement in our Climate Lessons blog.

We hope to see you at one of many events we have this month, especially our Appreciation Breakfast on April 30th!

Happy Spring,


P.S. We would like to thank Linden Hills Co-op, who donated $2,095.25 from its member-designated “Green Patches” program!


New Land 2013 TeamThe New Land Expedition, organized by past WSF and Steger Expedition team members, are dogsledding across Ellesmere Island and sending in regular blogs to our website and If your class has questions for the team on the ice, send them to: Follow their journey at

For educational resources related to the Arctic, check out our curricula and online Arctic community curriculum.

Congratulations to Megan Hall, semifinalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, one of our Parks Climate Challenge teachers for the past two years and an all around great climate change educator!  Keep up the fantastic work!

Spring is here and it is time to plan your summer professional development! Registration is filling fast for our TWO Summer Institutes.  We are excited to announce that our Energy Education Institute will include an “advanced” full day focused on how to do an audit in your school and with your students.  Don’t delay! Register today!

Emerging Leaders

youthmarchJoin the Young People’s March for Climate Action
Celebrate Earth Day by joining the Young People’s March for climate action now!

Details: Monday April 22nd at 2 pm. Meet at the green space at Dayton Avenue and John Ireland Blvd.

Youth from across Minnesota will gather for a march to the Capitol as part of the Clean Energy & Jobs Day of Action. The Young People’s March is hosted by Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA! MN), a program of the Will Steger Foundation.

Focus Your Campus on Energy
Focus the Nation is doing a limited expansion of on-campus energy work and is accepting applications to start a Focus Chapter for the 2013-14 academic year. If you have any questions or simply want to learn more, contact Focus the Nation for more details.



Minnesota’s clean energy legislation is moving forward and we need to make sure that our elected officials hear loud and clear that Minnesotans support clean energy, and that investing in renewable energy will strengthen Minnesota’s economy.


Clean Energy Jobs Phone Banks
Wednesday Evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Sierra Club Northstar Chapter Office
2327 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
To volunteer to help call constituents in support of clean energy and jobs legislation, contact:

logo cleanjobsClean Energy and Jobs Day at the Capitol – Earth Day, April 22
Answer Governor Dayton’s call to build a sustainable energy future for our state. Join us Monday, April 22 as people from across Minnesota come together at the State Capitol to support clean energy and good jobs! Speakers include Governor Mark Dayton, Will Steger, YEA! MN Co-chair Katie Mercer-Taylor and more. 

When: Monday, April 22, Visit with legislators from 10 am-3 pm, rally in the Capitol Rotunda 3 pm. Young People’s March at 2 pm at the corner of Dayton Ave & John Ireland Blvd north of the St. Paul Cathedral in St. Paul.
Where: Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul

For more on the Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign

Follow us on Twitter @MNCleanEnergy.

Photo of the Month

April POTM
Renowned climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen announced his retirement this month.
In this photo, Jim Hansen joined Will Steger and Minnesota youth leaders during his
visit to Minnesota in 2008.


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