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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 […]

It’s EESI

During the month of August, eight interns spent their days at the Department of Commerce, Climate Generation, and at various locations around the Twin Cities learning about energy and climate change. These eight undergraduate and graduate students —each with a different major— provided unique perspectives during each presentation and field trip. From graphic design to […]

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 […]

Peace Coffee’s Wake Up Call Blend Addresses Climate-Coffee Link

Worldwide, 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed per day. Over 25 million people depend on coffee farms for their economic livelihood, and it’s estimated that 500 million people have some economic connection to coffee. That’s 1 in 12 people. So when we hear that climate change is projected to cut the global area suitable […]

Bent Paddle Brewing Company: Brewing for a Better Climate

In the summer of 2015, as drought swept across the northwestern U.S. – where the vast majority of American hop production is centered – the question of climate change impacts on craft brewing hit home for many brewers and beer drinkers. As early as 2011, the sustainability director of New Belgium Brewery proclaimed that, “if […]

Able Brewing Event Embodies Wilderness Ethos, Local Climate Solutions

Like the well-crafted beer that Able Seedhouse & Brewery serves, all of the elements of their Pillows & Pints Ski Movie Night on February 11 mixed seamlessly together to create an inspiring evening celebrating outdoor adventure and local climate actions. The event featured tables from outdoor retailers Patagonia St. Paul, Askov Finlayson – showcasing their […]

Birchwood Boost Launches with Climate Generation as Inaugural Partner

We have long understood that tackling an issue such as climate change requires the whole community. Whether we’re talking about a local community, a national community or a global community, addressing an issue of this magnitude necessitates collaboration among a wide range of diverse individuals, businesses and organizations. Climate action is a community endeavor. In […]

Loll Designs demonstrates eco-furniture circle of life

As a member of 1% for the Planet, eco-friendly outdoor furniture designer and manufacturer Loll Designs is part of a global movement of companies donating at least one percent of their annual net revenues to environmental organizations. Through this initiative, Loll has made meaningful contributions to several Minnesota-based non-profits for the past few years, including […]

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 […]