Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education
Spring has arrived in the Northland and it was clear as the Climate Minnesota team travelled north to west and south again. The trees are budding and the spring peepers are peeping in the ponds. The ice is close to out on Lake Bemidji and the winds of spring blew us into Crookston. Our first two convenings of the twelve convening Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions series are complete and we are returning to the twin cities metro with a much deeper appreciation for Minnesota’s communities, ecosystems and people.
The Will Steger Foundation and other members of the CLEAN Network are going to be busy at the National Science Teacher’s Association Conference in Chicago in just a few weeks. Check out the list of presentations below. We hope to see you there!
This week I was lucky to be invited to attend an afternoon at the White House with longtime education partner and White House Champion of Change in climate change education Craig Johnson. The timing couldn’t have felt more fitting as we prepare to celebrate our 10th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education at the School of Environmental Studies, where Craig teaches and where our partnership began in 2006.
This webcast broadcast from NASA Langley focused on the Midwest region of the the National Climate Assessment (NCA), released in May of 2014. The NCA summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy. Dr. Fred Lipschultz from USGCRP (United States Global Change Research Project) expired the document, and then Kristen Poppleton of the Will Steger Foundation shared related educator resources.
The Will Steger Foundation has partnered with GO Minnesota at the University of Minnesota to offer an Innovations in Environmental Sustainability seminar for visiting international students each summer. The 3 week seminar combines classroom time with field experiences and highlights cutting edge climate change research taking place right here in Minnesota. Students live, travel, and study together, and have the option of spending a 4th week at our Steger Wilderness Center.
We are headed to the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference in just a few weeks and we’d love to see you there! Check out all the great opportunities to increase your climate literacy!
We are excited and honored by today’s news that Governor Dayton has signed the bill into law appropriating $29 million from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (“Trust Fund”) to 71 individual projects around the state, including $325,000 to the Will Steger Foundation for our Educating Minnesotans about Potential Impacts of a Changing Climate Project!
Today the National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released providing the country with an in depth summary of the current and projected impacts of climate change.
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 in school districts. GSC builds off Earth Force’s proven leadership in networking community partners, training local schools, and providing curricular resources to run service-learning and action civics programs in their community.
We haven't taken the time to feature a book for awhile and I thought it would be worthwhile to feature Catch the Sun, by Anne Johnson, as an initiative of Mortenson Construction's Renewable Energy Groups. Catch the Sun explains solar energy through the eyes of a young boy named Nils whose father is in construction of clean energy sites. Nils does research on clean energy before going on a tour of some sites with his father.
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