Youth CAN!

Letter from the Executive Director

Dine for ClimateMark your calendars for our new series – Dine for Climate – where we invite you to enjoy a sustainable dinner at a local restaurant, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Will Steger Foundation. When it comes to our food system, climate change solutions are close at hand!

Thank you to our restaurant partners!
November 13 – Birchwood Cafe 
December 11 – Bluestem Bar
January 8 – Spoonriver 
March 12 – Lucia’s Restaurant

Our partner restaurants are all owned by amazing women who helped build our local and organic restaurant community from the ground up. They are committed to delicious food, healthy communities, and a sustainable planet by sourcing local and organic food from nearby farmers. The Will Steger Foundation applauds their leadership and appreciates that a percentage of proceeds will go to support our work. Who knew saving the planet could be so delicious! Join us for the full series and receive an Aveda gift set ($50 value)! 

Governor DaytonWe were proud to promote the release of a new state report on the clean energy economy in Minnesota. Will Steger had the honor of introducing Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton at the media event for the largest solar installation project at the MSP airport in conjunction with the release of the report.

We welcomed Katie Siegner as our new Communications Intern earlier this month. She is managing WSF’s online engagement and outreach strategies and will support the communication activities around the Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate Project. 

We look forward to seeing you at Dine for Climate and other upcoming fall events!


Nicole Rom, Executive Director


The Wild Face of Climate ChangeThe Wild Face of Climate Change, November 22nd at the Minnesota Zoo
The Minnesota Zoo and the Will Steger Foundation have teamed up to offer the Wild Face of Climate Change, November 22nd, a workshop for Middle School Educators.  The Wild Face of Climate Change will be held at the Minnesota Zoo, where educators will learn how climate change has affected wildlife around the world.  Teachers will leave this workshop with ideas and activities that can be used in the classroom to teach about climate change and gain a preliminary understanding of how specific animals and habitats are being impacted.  Find more information and registration details here.

Will Steger Foundation Promotes Climate Literacy at NAAEE!

NAAEEDirector of Education, Kristen Poppleton recently attended the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference (NAAEE) in Ottawa, Canada on October 8 – 11.  Kristen presented alongside others on several environmental education literacy and integration resources aimed at both formal educators as well as older learners.  Topics included: the research-based work product of EE Capacity’s 2013 Climate Change EE Project-based Online Learning Community Alliance (POLCA) and the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN).

Emerging Leaders

Youth CAN!Youth CAN! 
Our YEA! MN high school leaders are hard at work preparing for Youth CAN!, a one day climate justice event run by and for MN high school students on Saturday November 8th. Students will learn from one another about steps they can take in their own lives to be part of the solution, how to engage in social movements in their own communities, and how to harness the power that comes with working together towards the shared goal of a just and sustainable future for all. Registration:

Engaging MN Youth in the EPA Carbon Rule & Clean Power Plan
WSF is engaging a team of young leaders across Minnesota in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s EPA carbon rule and President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Students have launched an online photo petition and postcard drive targeting the EPA and Governor Dayton, calling for action to limit dirty carbon pollution as a critical means to securing a healthy legacy for the next generation.

YEA MNYEA! MN Joins the People’s Climate March!
WSF was proud to send 10 YEA! MN high school student on the bus to the People’s Climate March in New York City. Students created their own banner and t-shirts and marched with Will Steger Foundation staff in what is now known as the largest climate march is US history. Over 400,000 people participated, including 50,000 students from 400 campuses taking up over 10 city blocks. Read reflections on the march from our high school youth. 

In The News

KARE 1110 local high school students participate in New York City Climate March
KARE 11 reports on 10 local high school students involved in the Will Steger Foundation’s YEA! MN program who participated in the NYC Climate March.

Steger headlines forum on climate

Minnesotan Will Steger, the greatest living Arctic explorer, will be the headline speaker for the forum, which is free and open to everyone.

Twin Cities BusinessMSP Airport Building State’s Largest Solar Energy Site
A $25.4 million solar energy project now underway at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is being touted as the state’s largest and is expected to create more than 250 jobs.

StarTribuneA 3-megawatt project would provide close to 20 percent of the airport’s electricity.
The $25.4 million project, announced Thursday at an airport news conference that included Gov. Mark Dayton and explorer and climate activist Will Steger, is expected to generate nearly 20 percent of the airport’s electricity after its completion in the fall of 2015.

WCCOWill Steger Talks Solar Panel Airport Project
Steger appears on WCCO-TV’s Sunday morning program with Ezma Murphy, discussing the new solar panel project for the MSP airport. Steger says this project is a way to cut carbon emissions and create jobs.

Red Wing EagleAn ice-free Arctic
A full room at the Anderson Center was captivated by Arctic explorer and Richfield, Minnesota native Will Steger’s portrayal of two vastly different polar adventures due to climate change, emphasizing that climate action is “our obligation.”


Join Vote Climate on Saturdays to door knock in the Twin Cities suburbs. The New York City People’s Climate March, 400,000 strong, demonstrates the country is waking up to the importance of climate change.  With 500 ‘front porch conversations’ so far, Vote Climate volunteers are getting a 60% positive response from door knocking in communities that are represented by climate deniers. 

For more information: or call Mike Neaton 612-226-3801, Chuck Prentice 612-965-8284

Photo of the Month

Caption: The Will Steger Foundation sent a delegation of 10 high school students and two youth staff to the historic People’s Climate March in New York City last month. Photo: Natalie Cook


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