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MN GreenStep Schools Appropriation Bills are in progress in March 2023

Winter 2023

In this issue:

MN GreenStep Schools at the 2022 MN State Fair Eco Experience

Summer 2022

MN GreenStep Schools was at the MN State Fair Eco Experience! Visitors learned about the program in the MN GreenStep programs display area. And on the afternoon of Saturday, September 3rd, visitors could chat with MN GreenStep Schools in the booth, including an appearance by the very first MN GreenStep Schools Green Club in the late afternoon: Roseville Area High School Students For Climate Action

In our summer newsletter you can learn more about the new MN GreenStep Schools Green Club Member type, Hear about opportunities for schools, and meet the summer interns and learn about their work developing new best practices, and more. 

Photo: Youth Climate Walkout at Roseville Area High School

April 2022

FEATURE STORY: Did you know on March 25th, 2022 as part of the Global Climate Strike, approximately 600 students conducted a "Climate Walkout" at Roseville Area High school?! Supported by representatives of their district and the city of Roseville they marched from their school to city hall, where they gave speeches and shared their demands, one of which was for the district to join the MN GreenStep Schools program.  Read the full interview with a member of the youth leadership group. 

In this month’s resources update we highlight environmental education resources including climate action and energy savings at schools. 

In our program news section, learn how joining MN GreenStep Schools can help districts and schools support climate action, hear about new climate best practice content in progress, and meet our current intern, Rodrica Cogle. 


February-March 2022

Did you know there are many ways to engage in MN GreenStep Schools? Read more in our how to get involved section, including ways to participate in the MN GreenStep Schools Solar Schools Blitz!, with support from MN Clean Energy Resource Teams!

In this month’s resources update we welcome the MN GIS Education Hub that supports schools using Geographic Information Systems and Science across disciplines. 

In our program news section, you can learn about a pilot dashboard to show how some green schools are addressing water conservation goals. 


January 2022

In this month’s resources update we welcome two new Resource Organization members of MN GreenStep Schools --Both can help your school engage with solar energy. 

In our program news section, you can learn about our new Best Practice Page for waste reduction. And we introduce our new articles section of the website, with a piece on "Five Ways to Up Your Green Team Game, by spring 2021 intern, Annika Fisher.


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MN Solar Schools Blitz

The MN Solar Schools Blitz is a statewide set of youth activities. Like a bio-blitz, the MN Solar Schools  Blitz  is an intensive period of time to learn about the natural systems in a specific place. While a bio-blitz usually focuses on identifying species in an event that may span days, our MN Solar Schools Blitz! will identify the existing and potential annual solar energy of schools throughout the state and explore the benefits. Youth in high school or younger, are invited to explore the sun's energy generating benefits at their school - on the roof, or on the ground. Guidance is provided and the results will be compiled on a statewide map. Learn more at the MN Solar Schools Blitz page

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