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Midwest Power Shift, a generation gets to work building its future

In October, I attended Midwest Power Shift, which lived up to the hype of being an epic and unprecedented gathering. Over 400 Midwest youth climate activists converged in Cleveland, Ohio for trainings and actions to move toward a clean and just energy future. The conference was evidence that our generation in these “fly over states” […]

Youth Leaders from the Across Minnesota Meet with U.S. Senators

Youth leaders in Minnesota have been active to ensure our U.S. Senators protect the Clean Air Act. From Collegeville to Crookston, we came to the Twin Cities to meet with our Senators’ staff and share why defending the Clean Air Act is so important to us, our generation, and the state of Minnesota. The Clean […]

Tackling Coal and Winning at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Since the fall of 2009, Campus Beyond Coal (CBC) has been leading a student run, grassroots campaign to move the University of Minnesota beyond coal power. With the mission of “To bring about, through active engagement and awareness-raising measures, the phase out of coal-fired power on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus” we have built […]

EPA’s Climate Rule is Delayed, More of a Dangerous Trend

Image via: © 2006 Bruno & Lígia Rodrigues. 2006 On Thursday, the EPA announced another delay that is part of a dangerous trend. Just weeks after Obama chose to delay critical air quality standards for smog, his administration announced a delay for New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), which will help curb greenhouse gas emissions. “Greenhouse […]

Join the WSF Team!

The  Will Steger Foundation is currently looking for someone excited to work with our amazing youth network of student leaders from high school environmental clubs in the Metro Are, YEA! MN.  Read on… JOB DESCRIPTION:  Youth Environmental Activists Minnesota (YEA! MN) Coordinator, CONTRACT DATES: Oct 2011 – June 2012 TIME COMMITMENT: 10-15 hours/week LOCATION: Mobile/Will […]

Cleaning the air with our 18 foot inhaler

Community Leaders and volunteers gather around a giant inhaler at Stewart Field to raise awareness the dangerous health problems of air pollution. Photo by Christy Newell, Will Steger Foundation Intern On Tuesday, Minneapolis residents protested dangerous air pollution from cars and coal-fired power plants with an 18-foot-tall human hand holding an asthma inhaler. Concerned citizens […]

Cleveland, Detroit, Iowa City and Minneapolis: Summer Hot Spots for Youth Climate Activism

Summer of Solutions Detroit launches their Green Energy Economy Training in the inner-city Highland Park neighborhood As summer temps soar across the Midwest so does youth climate activism as momentum grows at an exponential pace across the region. Power Shift 2011 was revealing as Midwest youth participation made up almost a quarter of the 10,000 […]

Clean Air Act 101

What is the Clean Air Act? For forty years the Clean Air Act has given the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to set limits on harmful air pollutants. From mercury to lead, the EPA has enforced needed safeguards to ensure basic health and environmental protection from air pollution for all Americans. For this, it is […]

Community Gathers for Green Ideas and Ham Discussion

Sixty community members gathered last Tuesday morning for the Green Ideas and Ham Breakfast. Guests heard from Minnesota Department of Public Health Assistant Commissioner Aggie Leitheiser and public health professional and mother of a son with asthma, Shawna Hedlund. Following the presentations was a lively discussion about clean air in Minnesota, when guests had the […]