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Here and now

Letter from the Executive Director Following the tragic news across our country these last few weeks, and wrestling with feelings of grief and heartache, I’ve been struck by the urgency of two key words: here and now. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel paralyzed by these tragedies, but we know our work remains critical […]

Midwest Energy News Opens Applications for 2016 40 Under 40 Awards

For the second year in a row, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is a promotional partner for Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 Award Program. We encourage you to apply or nominate someone you know who is deserving of recognition as an emerging leader in the Midwest’s transition to clean energy. I was proud […]

Midwest Convergence mobilizes youth at the intersection of climate change and social justice

As many movement spaces often do, the day began in a circle. One hundred young people  – high school students, college students, and twenty-somethings – gathered around a huge parachute laid on the floor with big green letters reading ‘Leave it in the ground! Resist!’ It was early on a Friday morning, and people had […]

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 […]

Xcel shows leadership with decision to retire coal plants.

In the wake of Xcel Energy’s recent announcement that it will be retiring its Sherco 1 and 2 coal-fired power units by 2026 and slashing its carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030, I feel that the conversation around climate change and clean energy in Minnesota has shifted in an important way (“Xcel aims to speed […]

Governor’s Office Voices Strong Support for Renewable Energy in MN

On May 7th, 2015, myself and six other youth leaders from around the state met with Molly Pederson, senior policy advisor to Governor Mark Dayton. We went to lobby in opposition of the House energy omnibus bill, which would cut many of the clean energy advancements that have been made in Minnesota and make our […]

Earth Day is Celebrating 45 years!

Letter from the Executive Director Earth Day is celebrating 45 years this month! On April 22nd, our YEA! MN youth will be ramping up action projects and Earth Day events at their schools and presenting their personal climate stories with our Education Coordinator, Jothsna Harris, at the Minnesota State Capitol. The Earth Day Climate Rally […]

WSF Youth Leader Joins #cleanenergymn Press Conference

Today, the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign released its policy agenda for 2015. The Will Steger Foundation is proud to support these common sense policies that will build on Minnesota’s clean energy success. Increasing the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 40 percent by 2030 and the energy savings plan for utilities from 1.5 to […]

The Will Steger Foundation supports the Clean Power Plan because…

The largest source of air pollution is from coal-fired power plants, which emit hazardous air pollutants, in addition to overloading our atmosphere with carbon pollution, which is driving climate change and affects our health, environment and economy. Learn about the Regional Week of Action (Nov 16-21) and take action…

Youth CAN!

Mark your calendars for our new series- Dine for Climate- where we invite you to enjoy a sustainable dinner at a local restaurant, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Will Steger Foundation. When it comes to our food system, climate change solutions are close at hand!