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Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.climategen.org

Mission Statement

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change.

Main Programs

  1. Education
  2. Emerging Leaders
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Youth programming largely based in the Twin Cities metro area; education and public engagement centered on Minnesota; through partnerships our programming and resources attains national and international reach.

ruling year

2006

Executive Director

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Ms. Nicole Rom

Keywords

Self-reported

Climate change, climate change education, Environmental education, advocacy, clean energy, youth leadership

Notes from the Nonprofit

Introducing Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy (May 2015)

We are excited to share our new name, which better represents our mission and vision. Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is still the place to go for climate literacy, education, youth leadership and solutions.

Climate Generation represents the focus of our work, climate change, and the generation who must address it. As we all know, climate change is defining this generation, everyone living today. We are the generation to really experience the effects of climate change and have the greatest ability to fight it.

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is Will Steger’s vehicle for addressing climate change, honoring his life-long work as an educator and environmentalist. We are thankful to Will and his original vision that helped build the organization to what it is today and are grateful that Will continues to serve an active role on the board of directors and provide strategic vision and direction for the organization.

You can access us online in the following ways:

Website: www.climategen.org
Twitter: @ClimateGenOrg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClimateGen

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EIN

02-0712905

 Number

0384372699

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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For over 10 years, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy has engaged youth, educators, decision-makers and the public to foster climate literacy and action, with the goal of building a more equitable and resilient future. We deliver high-quality education, public engagement and youth leadership programming, reaching over 17,000 educators, 75,000 people, and 35,000 students since 2006. We have been recognized twice by The White House's Climate Education and Literacy Initiative for our work engaging educators and the public. Key accomplishments across our programs include leading a delegation of 10 Education Ambassadors to the COP21 Paris Climate Talks, engaging over 1,000 Minnesotans in local climate solutions through our Climate Minnesota project, and holding annual Youth Lobby Days that allow our youth leaders to advance strong climate and clean energy policies

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Education

Our Education program goal is to share and implement a science-based, interdisciplinary model of climate change education and public engagement that engages all learners, and fosters climate literacy and action.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

380,112

Program 2

Emerging Leaders

Our Emerging Leaders program goal is to provide opportunities for high school students to engage as stakeholders in the just transition to a healthy and resilient climate future.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

258,740

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We believe that climate change is the most pressing issue of our time, and that building climate literacy and action are essential pathways towards effectively decarbonizing and preserving a livable planet for future generations. Our organizational vision is a world of resilient communities with equitable solutions to climate change. To advance that vision, we support a policy goal of 100% clean energy and 80% greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2050 at the latest. Internally, we have a goal of building organizational health through strong governance, financial stability, proactive multi-year fundraising, a cohesive and empowered team, and Will Steger's legacy. Our Education program goal is to share and implement a science-based, interdisciplinary model of climate change education and public engagement that engages all learners, and fosters climate literacy and action. Our Emerging Leaders program goal is to provide opportunities for high school students to engage as stakeholders in the just transition to a healthy and resilient climate future.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    With the election outcome of November 2016, it is evident that basic science, climate literacy, clean energy progress, and reducing harmful carbon emissions will be challenged at every corner. As Climate Generation looks to the next three years, it remains firmly committed to rapidly accelerating the transition to a clean energy future and caring for the precious natural resources that sustain us all. Addressing climate risk and embracing the positive health, environmental, and economic benefits of an equitable and resilient low-carbon future cannot be delayed.

    What we've learned is that the most important thing is to build bridges and not to focus on what divides us. The most effective way forward is to connect around a value or concern we genuinely share, and there are no shortage of ways climate change affects us all. With shared values and the power of personal story guiding our approach, we will seek out common ground whenever possible and stand our ground whenever necessary.

    We believe that communities collectively hold the power to innovate and demand climate change solutions. Empowering individuals in their communities to make long-term, lasting change requires building climate literacy, understanding personal connections to climate change, and developing powerful advocates through a model of collaboration and partnership. By engaging educators, youth, and the public, we believe that communities can be better positioned to build a resilient and equitable future.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Supported by a robust group of 13 board members and a team of 10, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy thrives off of the efforts of its savvy, collaborative, and empowered staff. We are accomplishing a great deal with lean operations. We are proud to have the same core staff involved in the organization since its creation in 2006; even interns and volunteers return to work with us year after year based on the positive experience they have had working with our organization. We have dedicated staff that is knowledgeable in their area of expertise and have an established record of successfully implementing our education, youth leadership and development programming.

    We are a small non-profit organization with a budget of just over $800,000, but we do a tremendous amount of work by maximizing synergistic partnerships across all sectors, maximizing Will Steger's significant political clout, harnessing in-kind support to provide much of our professional services, nurturing our volunteer program to provide over 1,000 hours a year and making the most of every donation dollar we receive. Over 80% of our revenue directly supports our programs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our programming is based on best practices in environmental education, climate literacy, civic engagement and youth leadership, and we carefully track our progress to ensure maximum impact.

    For our Education Program, each educator must provide information before they can download our curriculum. All of our curricula resources are reviewed by scientists, education professionals, and assessment experts. We periodically send surveys to educators to gather information on how the curriculum is being used and assess its impact on learning goals and behavior change. We collect surveys at each Summer Institute in order to evaluate each year and make changes for next year. We have also hired outside evaluators to conduct a formal evaluation of our Minnesota's Changing Climate program and our 2014-2016 Climate Minnesota public engagement initiative. We also engage educators in the planning of each Institute and work closely with a core network of schools to refine the program. Our public engagement work is measured by attendance at public events, public policy victories, and media coverage of our efforts.

    For our Emerging Leaders Program, we collect feedback at events, from our YEA! MN participants and from our youth leaders at the beginning and end of the academic year. We also host a year-end retreat for the program to collect feedback and plan for the future. Each summer, Emerging Leaders staff spend a significant amount of time reviewing the previous year and strategizing about how to make the program even more effective for the upcoming school year.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We're proud of the impact that we've had over the 10+ years of our organization's work. Early on, our founder Will Steger's eyewitness to climate change presentation inspired over 60,000 Minnesotans to take climate action since he began presenting in 2006. Will's story also captured the attention of our decision makers and the media, helping to pass Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard and Next Generation Energy Act in 2007. Our youth programming has also helped advance strong climate and clean energy policy at the state level, including the passage of Minnesota's solar energy standard in 2013. On the education front, we have worked closely with thousands of educators to support them in bringing climate change into their classrooms, and we're seeing results in terms of a new generation of environmental stewards now coming into adulthood. Our public engagement work is connecting the public to climate change in deep, meaningful ways, helping people to discover their own stake in the issue as a means to motivate action.

    We know climate change is not an issue that will be solved quickly, so each year we strive to set even more ambitious goals for our organizational impact. Climate change is too urgent not to be ambitious. Looking forward, we plan to enhance our climate change education program with new curriculum and professional development offerings; we will continue to support youth climate leadership across the Midwest, while working closely with and mentoring a small core of dedicated students; and we will strive to expand our public convenings, discussions, and forums as a platform for furthering civic engagement on this issue. We are also an active member of several campaigns to support national and state level climate and clean energy policy.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Youth programming largely based in the Twin Cities metro area; education and public engagement centered on Minnesota; through partnerships our programming and resources attains national and international reach.

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Executive Director

Ms. Nicole Rom

BIO

Nicole has been the Executive Director since 2006, which has included starting and sustaining the organization by providing visioning and development activities for the organization and its education and youth programs. Prior to working for Climate Generation, Nicole managed the education programs for the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes office in Ann Arbor, MI. Nicole also has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in environmental education and climate change at the University of Michigan and Hamline University. Nicole served as an Environmental Educator with the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of Kazakhstan. She received her M.S. in Environmental Policy, Behavior, Education and Communication from the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Bates College. She was a 2010-2011 Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Nicole served on the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Board for six years. She joined the RE-AMP Steering Committee as an at-large member in 2013, the Executive Committee in 2015 and the Global Warming Strategic Action Fund and Grants Committee in 2016. Nicole was recognized in 2015 as a 40 Under 40 clean energy leader by Midwest Energy News. Nicole is passionate about the outdoors, loves the lakes in Minnesota, cycling and skiing.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Climate Generation is a nationally trusted, networked organization that is having a significant impact advancing solutions to climate change. We are engaging youth, educators, decision-makers in the public with the aim of fostering climate literacy and action at every level."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Leigh Currie

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

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