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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 […]

Polar Vortex Explained

Scientists say the deep freeze gripping the U.S. this winter does not indicate a halt in climate change trends, but is actually an example of climate change in action. The weather pattern driving the extreme cold into the U.S. — with a weaker polar vortex moving around the Arctic like a slowing spinning top, eventually falling […]

Climate Change Plans Oh My!

We hope you’ve heard the President’s Climate Change plan to cut carbon pollution: taking action for youth and future generations! The President articulated a three pronged approach in taking steps toward reversing the effects of climate change and leaving a more sustainable future for our children: 1) Cut carbon pollution in America 2) Prepare the […]

President Obama Announces a Climate Plan

The president is gearing up for a big speech in which he’ll unveil his second-term climate plan. The plan, which will be announced Tuesday, not only discusses how the nation will reduce carbon emissions, but also help prepare the U.S. for the near-term impacts of climate change.

Move Your Feet!

With the arrival of June, summer is finally here! We’re excited to have an office full of interns, and especially to welcome back three former high school students who were involved in our YEA! Minnesotaprogram. Past YEA! MN Co-chair, Siiri Bigalke joins WSF as a Policy intern to help with public outreach around Minnesota’s clean […]

We Did It!

I’ll start with the good news: Both the Minnesota House and Senate passed our Clean Energy and Jobs legislation last week. The legislation includes a first-ever solar standard and a strengthened renewable energy standard for investor-owned utilities, as well as important efficiency and local power production policies.