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We’ve got the power

Letter from the Executive Director March has been action-packed, with 100% renewable energy announcements from companies like 3M, Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan’s One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy, our Youth Climate Justice Summit, a new Humanities curriculum for educators, and our Zero Waste Challenge! Our Advisory Board member and 3M Sustainability […]

Glimmers of hope

Letter from the Executive Director We know that 2018 has been a year of occasionally unbelievable bad news, but there have been glimmers of hope as well. Climate change continued to raise the stakes for many communities, as people in the Southeast and the Caribbean continued their recovery efforts after the devastating hurricanes of last […]

It’s bigger than green jobs; we’re teaching the future

Teachers involved: Debbie Nelson, Kimberlee Adams (Northeast Middle School) The Minneapolis Public Schools STEM & Career Exploration Expo just wrapped up, bringing over 2,000 8th graders to the Minneapolis Convention Center to discover and dive into the different career opportunities available to them. As a middle school teacher and 7th and 8th grade counselor at […]

How to Solve the Future

This morning, I attended one of the most informational and interesting sessions that I’ve been to so far. We’ve all heard a lot about how we need to change our lifestyle to maintain our goal of keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5ºC, but we rarely get a solid explanation on how to do this. […]

Sustainability is the Bottom Line

“No single company, policy or technology is going to get us where we need to go. We need to work together.” –Geisha Williams, CEO and President, PG&E Returning from two days at the Ceres Conference in San Francisco, I am processing the wealth of information and strong support for the triple bottom line – people, […]

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 […]

YEA! MN Year in Review: Youth Directed Programming Yields Big Returns!

YEA! MN is unique in that we are an authentically student directed program.  This means that my job is not to tell students what we should do but ask them what they want to do.  Of course, I still provide feedback and suggestions, however the purpose is to help them more fully think through their action projects, […]

Celebrating YEA! MN Student Leadership on Climate Action Projects!

We have wrapped up a fantastic year at YEA! MN.Our students have wrestled with big issues, learned about organizing, and taken action on projects they care about; all while going to high school, doing their homework, and participating in other community and extra curricular work.I have never been so impressed and proud of a group […]

Anything and Everything Happens: An Experience in India

My name is Sarah Evans and I am a rising senior at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. This next year I will be graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies and Latin. This summer, I was lucky enough to be accepted into the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University […]

6-12 Graders Turn out Across MN for Student Sustainability Summit

On Friday, April 27th, over eighty middle and high school students from across the state of Minnesota gathered at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus for the YEA! MN Student Sustainability Summit.  The energy, maturity, and inquisitiveness the students brought to the event was inspiring.  I felt extremely privileged to be working with and […]