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Blue skies are calling…

Letter from the Executive Director Great news to kick off summer! According to a recent report, costs for renewable energy are competitive to the costs of oil, coal and gas-fired power plants and it’s cheaper to choose renewable energy over the development of a new fossil fuel plant. This might explain why our state’s largest […]

The Story of Session 2019

Both change and constancy resonated throughout the 2019 Legislative Session. January began with a flurry of newly elected legislators and a new Governor promising to bridge the divisions in Minnesota and govern as one, a needed call in our country’s only divided State Legislature. With the most racially diverse Legislature in history, members are starting […]

Dine for Climate: Supporting climate solutions with our forks!

“Eating is inescapably an agricultural act, and how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.” — Wendell Berry If you are what you eat, then the supporters who joined us during our Dine for Climate series directly engaged in solutions to climate change. Our four-restaurant series connected the dots between […]

Celebrating the environment & our communities

Letter from the Executive Director Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Nearly 50 years later, the work continues as we address the urgency of climate change and accelerate solutions. I recently had the opportunity to present our work and the need for bold climate […]

Going Zero Waste

By Kristin Maija Peterson March 22, 2019 This blog was originally published on Grand Ciel Design The Zero Waste Challenge was an ultra challenge for us because at the start of the challenge we did not have a working kitchen. That meant take-out for meals. Long-story-short background: My significant other and I are currently renting […]

Three Rivers Park District to Receive an Environmental Initiative Award for Climate Conversations

March 22, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tom Knisely, Three Rivers Park District Media Relations Specialist 763-694-7617 tknisely@threeriversparkdistrict.org Lauren Boritzke, Climate Generation 262-490-6562 lauren@climategen.org Three Rivers Park District is honored to receive the Minnesota Environmental Initiative’s 2019 Environmental Innovation Award for the Climate Conversations program series. This award is given annually by Minnesota Environmental Initiative […]

Youth Climate Justice Summit: When the youth come marching in

On March 6th, two hundred Minnesotan youth gathered together at the Youth Climate Justice Summit to lobby for their futures, justice, and climate change. They asked their legislators to support multiple topics, including the MN Green New Deal bill, a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women task force, ceasing the Line 3 replacement project, and the […]

We’ve got the power

Letter from the Executive Director March has been action-packed, with 100% renewable energy announcements from companies like 3M, Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan’s One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy, our Youth Climate Justice Summit, a new Humanities curriculum for educators, and our Zero Waste Challenge! Our Advisory Board member and 3M Sustainability […]

Why We’re Going Zero Waste for 10 Days

From March 11–20, our staff — and the supporters and followers we bring along with us — will embark on the journey of living zero waste for ten days. The idea came to life when our board member, Dr. Christie Manning, shared that she does this same challenge with each class she teaches at Macalester […]