Youth-led Sustainability Initiatives in 40 Greater Minnesota Communities

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2016
Counties Affected
Aitkin
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Carlton
Cass
Chippewa
Cook
Cottonwood
Crow Wing
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Grant
Houston
Itasca
Jackson
Kanabec
Kandiyohi
Koochiching
Lac qui Parle
Lake
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Mower
Murray
Nicollet
Nobles
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pine
Pipestone
Pope
Redwood
Renville
Rice
Rock
Sibley
St. Louis
Stearns
Stevens
Swift
Todd
Traverse
Wadena
Waseca
Watonwan
Wilkin
Winona
Yellow Medicine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 226, Sec. 2, Subd. 09b
Appropriation Language

$350,000 the second year is from the rust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center and Laurentian Environmental Learning Center to complete over 100 youth-led sustainability action projects in 40 communities in southwest, southeast, central and northeastern Minnesota.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$350,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
6.74
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

Adoption of renewable energy technologies and energy conservation practices can contribute in a variety of ways to the environmental and economic health of rural Minnesota communities through costs savings and emissions reductions. Engaging and coaching students as the leaders in the process of implementing such practices provides the added benefit of increasing knowledge, teaching about potential career paths, and developing leadership experience. Using this appropriation the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center and its partners are expanding an existing program called the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) to engage approximately 650 students in implementing 150 additional youth-led renewable energy and energy conservation projects in over 40 communities in central, northeastern, southwestern, and southeastern Minnesota. These projects will be driven by collaboration between students, community members, and local businesses and organizations.

Project Manager
First Name
Dave
Last Name
Pederson
Organization Name
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
Street Address
12718 10th Street NE
City
Spicer
State
MN
Zip Code
56288
Phone
(320) 354-5894
Email
d.pederson@tds.net