Thank You For Making Another Great Year Possible

We have accomplished a lot together. We've fought industrial agriculture's efforts to limit public input in court and won. We've closed fossil fuel plants. We've won greater protection for our water. None of this would have been possible with the staff at MCEA working alone. 

We partner with Minnesotans across the state who fuel our work. A special thank you to the hundreds of you who made a contribution at the end of 2018 to finish the year strong. And a special welcome to more than 150 brand new supporters who chose MCEA as an organization you want to make an impact with. These new supporters allowed us to seize a $15,000 all-or-nothing challenge grant. Because of you, we were able to hit the ground running this month. Right now your investment is fueling:

  • Legal capacity to pursue seven separate appeals on the PolyMet mine proposal
  • Active litigation to ensure the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is used as voters intended
  • Partnerships with other nonprofits to provide legal tools and expertise to level the playing field
  • Resources to secure early retirement dates for the last three coal plants in the state
  • Action to protect our climate from greenhouse gas pollution
  • Research and advocacy to strengthen protection for sources of Minnesotans' drinking water
  • Calls for bold action from the new administration to address climate change
  • Expanded coverage of our work at the State Legislature (sign up to receive weekly recaps about our work at the Capitol here)


The scale of our impact we can have is directly proportional to your trust and investment in us. Thank you for standing with us to win durable victories that protect our air and water.

Be in the know, the legislative know

This month, MCEA launched our newest initiative to bring the latest and greatest happenings in environmental policy at the Minnesota State Capitol (along with the not so great happenings) straight to your inbox every Friday throughout the legislative session. Overall, we hope this weekly recap will become something you look forward to as a way to better understand what your support makes possible. We also hope the information we share helps you feel more connected and knowledgeable about what's happening behind those marbled walls. That way you too don't have to spend hours in uncomfortable auditorium seating (RIP my knee caps) wondering how much more you can dim your laptop screen to stretch out your 7% battery life until your bill is heard. We do it for you!

Want to be the coworker with the inside scoop as folks gather around the water cooler (or shall I say bubbler for my fellow former Sconnies) to chat about the latest state environmental political developments? Then be sure to click here and opt-in to receive this Weekly Legislative Recap in your inbox every Friday.

All the cool environmental advocates are doing it. You should be one too.

Youth launch Minnesota Can't Wait policy platform to Governor

Earlier this month, youth environmental activists from across Minnesota asked Governor Walz to take immediate action on climate change. Their statement read:

"Minnesota can't wait for bold, but necessary, action to combat climate change. We, the young people of Minnesota, are calling on our leaders to do what's needed for our state to stop emitting greenhouse gases and be fossil fuel free within a decade. We want a transition to clean renewable energy that is equitable for all Minnesotans because the longer we delay, the more it threatens the health, safety, and happiness of our generation and all who follow."

The Minnesota Can't Wait platform calls for:

  • A Minnesota Green New Deal bill
  • No new development of fossil fuel infrastructure
  • Executive action from Governor Walz to direct the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions

The youth activists stated that "climate action is needed now more than ever. The longer we wait to make effective changes, the more this issue will unjustly burden our generation and future ones, denying us the right to life, liberty, and happiness. Youth are leading the way in amplifying the message that Minnesota Can't Wait."

MN Can't Wait is a statewide campaign led by middle school and high school students with support from environmental organizations including iMatter, Climate Generation's Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, and more. Visit to learn more.

News coverage:

Day 3 in office, Gov. Walz sits down with youth to discuss climate-change action (Minnpost)

Boosted by a Walz, teens press new governor on climate change (MPR News)

MCEA seeks Water Quality Program Director

MCEA said a sad goodbye to Betsy Lawton, our Water Quality program director, at the end of 2018. Now we are looking for a leader to provide strategic vision and leadership to MCEA's Water Quality Program.

The Water Quality Program Director oversees development and implementation of MCEA's advocacy on water. This includes creating and communicating a broad vision for program success, setting clear program goals, identifying and managing execution of projects consistent with program goals, developing and managing program budgets, building and managing important external relationships including with diverse communities, clients, coalition partners and funders, creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that values differences, and providing leadership to other MCEA staff. 

Are you the right person for the job? Do you know somebody who is? Click here to learn more about the position and to apply

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