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Letter from the Executive Director

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Register today for the University of North Dakota Symposium on November 5: Science, People and Sustainability in the Canadian Arctic.

October 2nd marked the ceremonial signing of Minnesota’s Clean Energy and Jobs bill, also known as the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development bill (HF729 / SF 1057). Will and I were honored to join Governor Dayton and chief authors Senator John Marty, Representative Melissa Hortman, and members of the Clean Energy and Jobs coalition for this special opportunity. For a complete description of the wins from the 2013 Legislative session, read more here. For more information about the Clean Energy and Jobs campaign, visit:

Following on the heels of our successful clean energy wins earlier this year; the newly created Legislative Energy Commission is seeking public input on shaping Minnesota’s clean energy future! On October 22 the Minnesota Department of Commerce is sponsoring a daylong workshop to kick-off a statewide discussion on Minnesota’s transition to a fossil fuel-free economy. Register today!

Science, People & Sustainability in the Canadian Arctic. Will Steger keynotes this unique event at the University of North Dakota on November 5, 2013. The November public symposium investigates the connections between science, people, and sustainability in the Canadian Arctic. Register here.

Join Congressman Ellison and Will Steger for a Rally for Clean Air and Climate Protection on November 6th at North Community High School, Minneapolis from 6-8 pm. Stay tuned for more details!

Save the date – Give to the Max Day is November 14th! Stay tuned for ways your gift to the Will Steger Foundation will be matched on this annual day of Minnesota giving.


Nicole Rom, Executive Director


MNMap1003 CleanSee you at the Education Minnesota Conference on October 17! Come for the free goodies, stay for the meaningful support. Visit our booth at the Education Minnesota Professional Conference to connect with great resources and share what you are up to at your school.

Registration coming soon! Watch your inbox for exciting news about (1) our upcoming Climate and Energy Education Webinars; (2) the 2014 Summer Institute; and (3) our youth video contest, Youth Voices of Change, a partnership with the MN Pollution Control Agency.

In partnership with Rahr Malting Company and Shakopee Public Schools, WSF participated in two significant community events in early October. Shakopee High School is the new home of Shakopee Environmental Learning Center. Recently, Will Steger and WSF Education staff attended the dedication event of this new Center and applauded the efforts of the teachers and community to integrate the outdoors and an environmental lab into their curriculum.  The event coincided with a free public forum that evening at Shakopee High School featuring Will Steger and J. Drake Hamilton.

Emerging Leaders

Minnesota Youth Climate Leaders Receive National Sustainability Award
Congratulations to student organizers from MN Youth Environmental Network who were awarded the Student Sustainability Leadership Award by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)! Their project, “The Next Generation Environmental Congress,” was driven by members of MN Youth Environmental Network, our YEA! MN program, MN Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), MN350, and the Sierra Student Coalition. The event drew close to 400 youth from across the state and played a key role in Governor Mark Dayton’s 2013 Environmental Congress, a ground-breaking event convening over 250 students, business, nonprofit and government leaders to develop recommendations to guide the state’s Environmental Quality Board and the Dayton Administration in creating short-term action steps and setting long-term goals.

WSF Kicks Off 2013 Climate Mentorship Program
WSF is matching youth climate leaders across the Midwest with veteran staff at environment organizations, and environmental justice organizations across the Midwest in mentorship program that values both participants as experts. A few openings remain for qualified applicants. Read more

PowershiftWSF Sends 20 YEA! MN Students to Power Shift 2013!
WSF is proud to support a Power Shift delegation of 20 high school students through our YEA! MN program, the third YEA! MN delegation to Power Shift since 2009. Power Shift 2013 is a national youth climate summit in Pittsburgh, PA expected to draw 10,000 youth from across the country. YEA! MN students are focused on recruitment and fundraising, as well as preparing for their workshop on high school leadership in collaboration with student members of the Green Schools Alliance. WSF is working in coordination with 6 other youth organizations based in MN to bring a delegation of over 300+ young Minnesotans to this historic youth event, and tracking engagement and outcomes across the Midwest. Read more about the power of Power Shift here

In The News

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Steger joins MPR’s The Daily Circuit to talk about his work and his exhibit at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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Steger and J. Drake Hamilton are back on the road in Minnesota leading a new series of presentations to describe the climate changes Steger has observed as a polar explorer.

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Steger’s little-known design career is explored in a small, fascinating exhibit, “Inside an Explorer’s Mind: Survival, Innovation, Design” at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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Famous as the leader of the first teams to reach both the North Pole and South Pole by dogsled, Minnesota explorer Will Steger, 69, is also a photographer, woodworker, teacher, self-taught architect, designer and environmentalist.

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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)  presents a unique exhibition featuring the sustainable design work of world-renowned polar explorer Will Steger.

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Over 200 area individuals turned out for the Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) hosted Climate, Energy and Health forum held at Granite Falls Lutheran Church.

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Art school displays custom gear designed by Will Steger.

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Jack Callahan, Forest Lake, and Will Nelson, Lindstrom, recent sixth-grade graduates of Lakes International Language Academy in Forest Lake, received the Most Creative Video Award in the Youth Voices for Change:

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Will Steger reveals his design side in City Pages giving a first look at the Steger Wilderness Center for Innovation and Leadership.

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Energy groups ask regulators to update health-impact costs last set in 1990s

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International explorer, educator and environmentalist Will Steger cut the ribbon during the grand-opening of the Environmental Learning Center on Oct. 2. Steger later spoke at Shakopee High School.

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Students in the University of Minnesota, Morris’s Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) chapter recently co-sponsored a public forum with arctic explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy’s J. Drake Hamilton.

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logo 24hoursThe Climate Reality Project is traveling around the world identifying the costs of carbon pollution, and the solution that can change the course of our future in this 24 hour broadcast: 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon. October 22 at 1 pm CDT the broadcast will begin with coverage of how climate change is impacting North America, and each subsequent hour will cover the impacts on South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Click here to find out more information about what topics will be covered each hour.

Photo of the Month

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Wednesday, October 2nd marked the Ceremonial signing of the Clean Energy and Jobs bill. Will Steger and Executive Director Nicole Rom were honored to join Governor Dayton and chief authors Senator John Marty, Representative Melissa Hortman and members of the Clean Energy and Jobs coalition.


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