Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education
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.
A week of Climate Literacy
It was with best intentions I decided to blog every day I was attending AGU last week. Five days, twenty pages of notes, and a minimum of 50 conversations later I realized I had only managed one blog and so here I am for the final brain dump. A number of climate literacy themes emerged throughout the week based on the content of the presentations I attended, the posters I visited and discussed and the conversations I had.
I'm midway through day 2 of AGU- new ideas and information swirling around. I have been thinking a lot about our ENTRF Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate project as I learn about other successful public focused education campaigns around the country.
I head to my first American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting next week and plan on blogging throughout the week on the multitude of sessions and workshops I will attend. AGU is an international non-profit scientific association with more than 62,000 members established in 1919 by the National Research Council.
For the 5th year in a row the School of Environmental Studies is bringing a group of high school students to the United Nations International Climate Change Conference. This year it is being held in Warsaw, Poland November 11th-22nd. The COP, or Conference of the Parties, will bring together representatives from more than 190 countries as well as members of civil society from around the world to address climate change.
The Next Generation Science Standards(NGSS) were released this week, including for the first time climate change as a concept deemed integral to K-12 science education.
The Will Steger Foundation was proud to support Minnesota's Green Ribbon Schools selection process and would like to congratulate this year's U.S. Deparment of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program finalists!
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