Posts Tagged ‘climate’

Elizabeth McGeveran: Fighting Climate Change One Step at a Time

On Thursday, the Minnesota town of Cologne (population 1,500) signed a deal making it our first local government to go solar. This town will host a SunShare community solar garden, which will save $40,000 a year by fueling city buildings and sending electricity into the grid. The municipality looked at its assets, identified a partner, and took action. This […]

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Elizabeth McGeveran: Small decisions equal big opportunity for investor influence on carbon disclosure

Last week in Minneapolis, hundreds of people gathered at the Economic Club of Minnesota, which provides a non-partisan platform for business, government, and public policy leaders to present ideas on how Minnesota can better compete in the global economy. The packed house came together for the national release of Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change & Economic Risk in the Midwest, a new […]

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Kate Wolford: Solid analysis and ambitious goals drive investment innovation at McKnight

Like many of our peers, the McKnight Foundation specializes in pairing data-informed strategies with ambitious goals. Among those goals is helping to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. With a goal this big, we need to leverage all our resources, including McKnight’s $2 billion endowment. Diversified across sectors and asset classes, we see increasing […]

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Aimee Witteman: Foundations rally around regional strategies with global implications

Last week, representatives from 14 foundations with interests in energy policy and climate change gathered at The McKnight Foundation for a daylong meeting to explore how we might better collaborate around efforts in the Midwest. Convened by McKnight in conjunction with our key regional partners Energy Foundation and RE-AMP, the meeting was designed for the […]

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Aimee Witteman: Climate change isn’t just global, it’s personal

Across the world this summer – including right here in our own backyard – there are vivid reminders of why we must alter our current climate change trajectory. While in Europe for work and vacation this past July, a heat wave rolling slowly across the region caught up with my husband and me. Our situation was made […]

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