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Focus the Nation Empowers Midwest Youth Climate Leadership

The Steger Foundation is proud to partner with Focus the Nation in our mission to educate, empower, and engage a new generation of climate leadership on a local, regional, national, and international scale. A nationally based organization, Focus the Nation (FTN) accelerates the transformation to a clean energy future by fostering connections between generations, and […]

A Regional Coalition Rises out of the Heartland

Emerging from a several years of strategic conversation, cross-state collaboration, and the intense growth of the youth climate movement here in the Midwest, a fledgling coalition is rising. Following in the spirit of regional coalitions launched in the Southeast (Southern Energy Network) and Northwest (Cascade Climate Network), the Midwest Youth Climate Coalition seeks to deepen […]

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 […]

Midwest Power Shift: Harnessing the Outrage and the Optimism

What does the Midwest have to do with a clean energy future (or a dirty energy future, it’s our choice)? Everything. Did you know that the Midwest region contributes 25 percent of total US carbon emissions (if you include Ohio and Indiana)? That the Midwest relies on coal for 70 percent of its electric power, […]

Pollution Prevention Through a Hydration Station at Edina High School

Edina High School Project Earth is a student-run environmental group that takes part in working to create a greener community. Our primary responsibility is to collect the school’s recycling on a weekly basis. In addition, Project Earth has developed a Climate Action Project we are in the process of completing, which includes the installation of […]

Zephyr Wind Project Succeeds at Mahtomedi High School

The wind turbine monopole rolls in on a flatbed truck from Kansas About five years ago, several students at Mahtomedi High School (MHS) explored the possibility of implementing a small wind project on their campus. Shortly afterwards, a group of motivated citizens in the area concerned about energy conservation, renewable energy and sustainability formed the […]

Three Minnesota High Schools Win Climate Generation Awards

Will Steger Foundation is proud to announce the winners of our Climate Generation Award. Launched in partnership with the British Council and California Air Resources Board, the Climate Generation Program is a school-based competition connecting youth leadership and environmental curriculum with climate action projects. High Schools in Minnesota were eligible to participate at no cost, […]

This is What Democracy Looks Like

Watching Zach, Taylor, Alec and Brock (from Stillwater High School) march down the National Mall holding the YEA! MN Banner and cheering “Clean Energy, Green Jobs” chants. Gene standing in front of 200 Minnesota college students proposing an action group to oppose the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Arrowhead, Minnesota.

Minnesota High School Senior Reflects on Power Shift 2011

I’m so tired, sore and exhausted. But with music, art and with my own two hands, I am ready to work for a better world. I NEED to work, do something to conserve and protect this planet Earth. The protests, the rallies, the petitions, the lobbying, the laws, it is not enough. For the survival […]

Will Steger and Student Leaders meet with Governor Dayton in defense of Next Generation Energy Act

Student environmental leaders from across the Twin Cities teamed up with arctic explorer and climate change educator Will Steger on Friday, March 25, to encourage Minnesota governor Mark Dayton to support a clean energy future for Minnesota. Groups represented at the meeting include EcoWatch, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), YEA! Minnesota, The Will Steger Foundation, Campus Beyond […]