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Red Wing Discusses Climate Change & Solutions

The Anderson Center hosted a regional climate change solutions conference on Saturday October 4 in collaboration with the Will Steger Foundation, Fresh Energy, MN Interfaith Power and Light, and several local partners. Polar explorer Will Steger convinced the 120 participants of the urgency of dealing with climate change which has had an accelerated impact on […]

Why Minnesota needs a new renewable energy standard!

2012 was the hottest year on record within the United States. Many western states are in official states of drought. Climate change is now. Obama said this about climate change in his State of the Union address “The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the […]

Over 100 Young People Turn Out to Lobby for Clean Energy Legislation in Minnesota

Over 125 young people turned out for the Youth Environmental Lobby Day at the MN State Capitol, hosted by the Will Steger Foundation and the MN Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), calling for a stronger state Renewable Energy Standard to provide all Minnesotans with at least 50% of their electricity from renewable energy by 2030, […]

Clean Energy Financing is Important to High School Students in Apple Valley, MN

The Will Steger Foundation was proud to support students at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, MN and their desire to meet with their State Senator for an in-district meeting regarding clean energy solutions. While our YEA! MN Coordinator, Natalie Cook, secured the meeting time and place for the students, it was the […]

YEA! MN Students Hard at Work as Community Leaders

It has been a great first semester for YEA! MN this year. I met most of the students for the first time at our Steering Committee kick-off meeting in August. It was two days after I started and I had little idea what to expect. 15 students and myself had pizza in one of the co-chairs attic […]

Two High Schoolers Receive Their First Grant and Drive Innovative Green Building on Campus

Hi, our names are Tessa Ruff and Sophia Showalter. We are members of the YEA! MN Steering Committee as well as leaders of the Hopkins High School Earth Club. Recently, we applied for and received a grant through the Hopkins Education Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the Hopkins School District.

Winning the Climate Change Conversation

When I stepped onto the hotel shuttle in Chicago, the first question I was asked by an exuberant woman from Ohio was, “Are you going to the Climate Reality Training with Al Gore?” I responded that I was, but a hard-faced man in front of me answered for he and his wife, “NO! I don’t […]

Shape Our Energy Future

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 […]