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Just the Beginning Of Something Big

“Coffee production is set to decrease by 50% by the year 2050…” I gripped my pen and looked up at Ryan, the guest speaker from Minneapolis-based coffee company, Peace Coffee, with my eyes wide open. I looked around the room at the other interns and watched the same shock resonate on their faces. Was this […]

Climbing the Energy Mountain, One Step at a Time

While participating in this internship, I was challenged to open my brain to new, collaborative ideas, was able to connect with others on a new level, and was exposed to parts of the Twin Cities not everyone notices. My name is Olivia Veloske and this summer I was an Energy Engagement Student Intern. During the […]

“I Haven’t Owned a Car Since 1972”

My name is Marisa Eftefield and I have been participating in the Energy Engagement Student Internship during the month of August. I am a senior at the University of Minnesota majoring in Urban Studies. One of the activities we did during the internship was write an elevator pitch about climate change. This activity gave us […]

Understanding Energy before Climate Change

“…at least my students are optimistic.” That’s what I tell myself as I look at how far off their assumptions are about where our energy comes from. We have been learning about energy sources, and I asked them to guess the percentages of how much energy the United States gets from different energy sources. To […]

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 […]

Book Discussion: Empty and Earth-The Operators Manual

Note:  This is the fourth in a monthly series of posts focused on integrating literacy and climate science and energy issues.  The posts are based on discussions in the “Not So Serious Climate and Energy Book Club,” last Friday.  The book club evolved out of some informal virtual discussions between a number of us involved […]

Minnesota’s Energy Future

With the start of 2012, I thought it would be useful to highlight the positive actions taking place right now to transition Minnesota towards clean energy. Minnesotans spend at least $20 billion a year for energy. Most of that money goes to other states that are rich in fossil fuels and leaves Minnesota with polluted […]