Risky Business

Letter from the Executive Director

Risky Business
A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashley, Illinois. Photo Credit: Risky Business.

Businesses are increasingly recognizing that climate impacts are imposing real costs in the form of damaged facilities, interrupted power and water supplies, higher insurance costs, and disrupted supply and distribution chains. The recently released Risky Business report outlines the key business risks posed by climate change. Check out the Midwest impacts

Our office is buzzing with interns and activity as we prepare for our annual Summer Institute for Climate Change and Energy Education, August 4-6.  We’ve been sharing educator testimonials with you on our website in preparation for our Institute. Your gift today will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to a generous grant from the Still Ain’t Satisfied Foundation!

We’re wrapping up an evaluation and reflection of our successful mentorship program before the program launches again this fall. Our YEA! MN high school program is convening planning discussions with partners and their peers for the first-ever high school Climate Justice Convergence that will take place this fall.  

It’s a great time to be outside, enjoying the summer season. For cycling enthusiasts, we encourage you to consider registering ASAP for the new Midwest Climate Ride and support the Will Steger Foundation at the same time!


Nicole Rom, Executive Director


Audubon Center Don’t Miss Summer Institute Registration – Closing soon
Still seeking CEUs and professional development this summer? Join us at the 2014 Summer Institute for Climate Change and Energy Education. Registration closes July 24th. Learn more and register today!

Announcing the Youth Voices Film Festival!
Watch youth-made videos on the big screen at the 2014 Youth Voices Film Festival! It’s happening at 7:00 PM, August 22nd at the MN State Fair in the Eco-Experience pavilion. Find us on the Sustainability Stage. Learn more online today.

Throwback: Check out this video from the 2009 Summer Institute
Featuring Bill McKibben, Will Steger, Abby Fenton, Nicole Rom, this video from our 4th annual Summer Institute captures some great looks into our early work: Watch the recap video from the 2009 Summer Institute.

Emerging Leaders


South High School Students Secure Hydration Station & Reduce Waste
YEA! MN students at Minneapolis South High School launched a successful campaign to reduce plastic water bottle waste and install hydration stations on campus. Read more: bit.ly/1r9gtPs

Youth Turn-out at Midwest Climate and Energy Conference
We had strong turn out for the youth gathering at the RE-AMP Annual Meeting. Over 30 young people hailing from across the country participated, registering through RE-AMP and USCAN. The youth breakout session was a great opportunity for youth to meet one another in person and share updates and information from different sectors of the youth climate movement.


2014 YEA! MN Retreat

YEA! MN Retreat at Land School Farm
Celebrating the close of a highly successful program year, the YEA! MN youth steering committee spent the weekend at the Lake Country Land School in rural Wisconsin. The retreat is an annual opportunity to honor the student accomplishments, reflect on learning, and identify growth opportunities for the coming school year. Student leaders play an active role in planning and coordinating the retreat. Sjournee Quaidoo, Junior at Perpich Arts High School blogs about the experience: bit.ly/1okaeEw


EPA Clean Power PlanSupport the Clean Power Plan!
Urge the EPA and Governor Dayton to limit carbon pollution from coal plants.  

After years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA is now in the middle of a public comment period that allows citizens to comment on the proposed standards. Tell the EPA and Governor Dayton you support its work to finalize common sense limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

Photo of the Month

Photo of the Month

Our 2013-2014 YEA! MN co-chairs and youth-led Steering Committee wrapped up their year with a retreat at a local organic farm. Read more in Emerging Leaders.


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