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Our Mission & Vision

Written by  Will Steger Foundation
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The Will Steger Foundation educates and empowers people to engage in solutions to climate change.


A sustainable and equitable future for all.

Why the Will Steger Foundation?

Building on the experience of our founder, Will Steger, polar explorer, science educator, and advocate, the Will Steger Foundation is unique in its approach to climate change. We recognize that youth will inherit the unparalleled impacts of climate change and are among our most powerful advocates. We also recognize that educators are critical messengers of climate and energy literacy, and schools and non-formal learning centers provide powerful examples of sustainability in communities. In addition, the Midwest is home to both significant carbon emissions and clean energy solutions, and is thus strategically positioned to build national momentum on climate change solutions. With these factors guiding our approach, we are having a tangible impact on the issue of climate change.

What We Do

Our Vision
Jim Hansen and Will Steger with Minnesota youth leaders

Building on the experience of our founder, Will Steger, polar explorer, science educator, and advocate, the Will Steger Foundation strategically engages and empowers emerging youth leaders and educators across the Midwest and beyond for innovative climate change solutions.

We work with educators (Grades 3-12) by developing and supporting them with curriculum, professional development opportunities, and action resources. Our Education program is playing a critical role in contributing to the climate literacy of thousands of educators each year through curriculum and professional development opportunities.

We work directly with high school, college youth and young alumni to support youth leadership on climate change solutions through mentorship, leadership and civic engagement opportunities.

We work collaboratively with local, state, and national decision-makers to craft sound climate and energy policy and engage citizens across Minnesota and the Midwest. The Will Steger Foundation’s Policy Program facilitates the development of and public support for policies that are scientifically and economically sound and provide clean energy, adaptation and conservation solutions to climate change.

The Will Steger Foundation is a nationally connected and trusted partner for innovative climate change solutions.

Equity Statement

WSF understands that climate change is a highly complex issue and that just and equitable solutions cannot be found if we proceed with the climate science and policy lens alone. We must take a comprehensive perspective of climate change impacts and solutions if we are to reach our goal and create the future we want to live in. WSF is committed to addressing the interface of economic and social disparities, and working closely with partners who understand this interface.