Archive for the ‘Midwest Climate & Energy’ Category

Moving on Clean Energy Momentum

Signs of progress in our clean energy economy abound. Businesses are creating new jobs; consumers are saving money and have more choices, while renewable energy is becoming a greater part of the energy mix. These were among some of the key findings in this year’s Solar Jobs Census and Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. Together, […]

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The Path to Climate Solutions

  Today, we are living on the edge. “The edge” is one of Will Steger’s favorite expedition terms, as it refers to moments of great challenge and great potential breakthroughs. The edge is where growth, learning, and character-building occur. The challenge confronting us is clear: With 2016 poised to surpass last year as the hottest […]

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Chronicle of Philanthropy: Fighting Global Climate Change Requires Foundations to Give Local

  The following op-ed originally appeared at The Chronicle of Philanthropy. With permission, it is reprinted here in its entirety. By James E. Canales and Kate Wolford Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges of our time — so pressing it brought nearly 170 nations together this spring to sign a landmark agreement. While […]

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Clean Energy Drives Job Growth in the Midwest

Clean energy jobs growing fast We’ve long known that increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy sources leads to cleaner air and water, healthier kids, and a more stable climate. A new report shows that clean energy can also boost our region’s economy by creating new jobs and entirely new industries. In fact, clean energy is supporting […]

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Scrubbing Coal, Supporting Communities

  As of Feb. 1, 2016, the McKnight Foundation’s $188 million bond portfolio is coal-free. It’s a move we made to further align our investments with our grantmaking goals of building a low-carbon economy. And as this economy-wide transformation advances, coal debt is likely to become increasingly unattractive to long-term investors. The process was relatively […]

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