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Energy Conservation Challenge leads to Student Empowerment in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools

The “191 Battle of the Buildings” (modeled after the EPA’s national contest) was a challenge for Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 to reduce their Carbon Footprint.  Energy reductions (calculated from buildings that saved) resulted in nearly 9% in energy reductions for the district.  The MN GreenCorps program is a statewide AmeriCorps program, administered through the Minnesota […]

GreenSchoolsConnect Launched in Twin Cities Metro

The Will Steger Foundation joined school districts, charter schools, businesses, local government, higher education and nonprofits at the 3M Innovation Center last week in order to “convene, connect, and foster uncommon collaboratives” through the GreenSchoolsConnect initiative. Launched in 2012, GreenSchoolsConnect (GSC) is a national collaborative initiative powered by Earth Force to accelerate a systemic approach to sustainability […]

YEA! MN Alum Digs Into Phenology Research

Since first getting involved in the environmental movement in high school, I’ve focused a lot more on politics and organizing around environmental issues than on environmental science and research. As an Oberlin College first-year, I plan on studying environmental studies with a focus on policy. So when I had the opportunity to choose a Winter […]

Three Minnesota High Schools Win Climate Generation Awards

Will Steger Foundation is proud to announce the winners of our Climate Generation Award. Launched in partnership with the British Council and California Air Resources Board, the Climate Generation Program is a school-based competition connecting youth leadership and environmental curriculum with climate action projects. High Schools in Minnesota were eligible to participate at no cost, […]

Summer Institute 2011 – Benefits of Participation

Engaging Students in Environmental Stewardship Through Adventure Learning In May 2010, Minnesota’s Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) allocated $250,000 to the Will Steger Foundation’s project, Engaging Students in Environmental Stewardship through Adventure Learning, to support the development of a new curriculum, teacher training, online learning and collaboration with schools. The overarching goal of the […]

Students Show Off Their Carbon Cycle Knowledge

On occasion we are lucky enough to see the results of teachers using our curriculum. This week we received a whole bundle of posters and final reflections on the carbon cycle, based on lesson one of our Citizen Climate Curriculum.   Many thanks to Aitkin High School Ninth Grade Science!  We’ve included a few examples below. […]

Work Begins on New Will Steger Foundation Curriculum

Thanks to Minnesota’s Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota’s Resources (LCCMR), we will be receiving funding over the next two years for a new project, Engaging Students in Environmental Stewardship through Adventure Learning. The $250,000 allocated to the Will Steger Foundation will support the development of a new curriculum, teacher training, online learning and collaboration with schools.  […]

Citizen Climate Curriculum Puts Climate Bill in Context

Yesterday John Kerry and Joe Lieberman introduced the American Power Act a bill that, if passed, would put national limits on carbon emissions that cause climate change. This bill is a fantastic beginning to a discussion in your class about the complexities of environmental policymaking and the provisions the bill lays out. The short summary […]

Climate Change and Environmental Education

April 11-17 is National Environmental Education Week , the nation’s largest environmental education event held each year the week before Earth Day. EE Week connects educators with environmental resources to promote K-12 students’ understanding of the environment, and is a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation . So how does climate change education fit […]