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High school students, legislators and climate leaders give a thumbs up to clean energy at the State Capitol to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day


Wed, Apr 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA - Students from across the state will gather in the Rotunda at the Minnesota State Capitol this Earth Day to talk about actions they're taking to reduce the carbon footprints of their schools. They'll be sharing the microphone with legislators and climate leaders who have been working to advance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green jobs in Minnesota. This is a fantastic opportunity to document innovative clean energy efforts in Minnesota.

The event, "Earth Day at the Capitol: Thumbs Up for Clean Energy!" is a celebration of student-led energy efficiency and clean energy projects, Minnesota's leadership on clean energy and green jobs, and working together to build our clean energy future.

The participating students will be available for interview about the projects that they are working on in their schools from 10am until 2pm. Schools that have already registered to attend include LEAP and Central High Schools in St. Paul, The City, Inc. in Minneapolis, School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, Osseo High School, and Ortonville High School in West Central Minnesota.

SPEAKING SCHEDULE:

11:00am - Abby Fenton, Youth Programs Director, Will Steger Foundation

11:15am - Student team project presentations

11:30am - Senator John Doll, District 40

11:45pm - Student team project presentations

12:00pm - Senator Ellen Anderson from District 66

12:15pm - Student team project presentations

12:30pm - Representative Kate Knuth, District 50B

12:45pm - Student team project presentations

THE BASICS:

Who: High school students from across the state, legislators, and climate leaders

What: "Earth Day at the Capitol: Thumbs Up for Clean Energy!" - A celebration of student-led energy efficiency and clean energy projects, Minnesota's leadership on clean energy and green jobs, and working together to build our clean energy future.

Where: State Capitol Rotunda, Saint Paul, MN

When: April 22nd, 2010 from 10am-2pm. Student will be tabling about their projects from 10am-2pm. Students, legislators, and climate leaders will be speaking from 11am-1pm.

A PDF version of this media advisory can be downloaded at

http://bit.ly/MnSCCEarthDayAdvisory.

An event flyer for Earth Day at the Capitol 2010 can be downloaded at

http://bit.ly/MnSCCEarthDay2010.

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon engages students to play an active role in measuring & reducing the carbon footprints and energy costs of Minnesota's schools. It is a three-year project comprised of student teams from 100 public high schools, colleges and universities across Minnesota who are leading the way to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program provides technical and financial assistance to produce measurable energy savings and carbon reductions in their schools.

Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon is a joint program of the Clean Energy Resource Teams, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Minnesota Office of Energy Security. Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

For more information about the Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon project, visit www.SchoolsCuttingCarbon.org.

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