Give to the Max Day

Dear Friend:

Today is Give to the Max Day, Minnesota's annual day of online giving. Stand for Science with MCEA and join our team today!

In order to protect our right to clean air and clean water, MCEA stands up for science every day to preserve our way of life. While environmental protections are being rolled back at the federal level, MCEA’s role in enforcing and strengthening our state level protections has never been important.

This year, MCEA’s lawyers and experts went head-to-head with science deniers, and emerged victorious. MCEA and its partners won a four-year battle to assign a dollar value to every ton of carbon emitted by Minnesota’s utilities. We are working to bring access to mass transit to every corner of the state. We are working to protect Minnesota’s waters from agricultural water pollutants such as phosphorus, which causes toxic algae blooms and the annual “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. And our lawyers and experts stand ready to ensure that decisions on PolyMet, Minnesota's first copper-nickel sulfide mine proposal, follow Minnesota's environmental laws and protect people from pollution.

When it comes to climate, when it comes to water quality, MCEA is Standing Up for Science. And we are standing for all of our rights to breathe clean air and drink clean water. Your support has never been more important. We hope you'll #StandforScience with us on Give to the Max Day

Thank you to all of those who attended this year's Legally Green gala. Because of your generous support, we set new records with over 350 attendees and over $200,000 in pledged support for MCEA! We are so grateful to be a part of this community of people who understand the importance of science for protecting clean air and water for the next generation. We especially want to thank Shawn Otto, author of "The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why it Matters, What We Can Do About It," who gave the keynote address.

Legally Green also marked the launch of our three-year “Double or Trouble Campaign: Double Down to Defend Minnesota.”  Many attendees and table sponsors doubled their contribution, recognizing the threat to science-based decision making we face at this critical moment.

Click here to join them in doubling your support, or to fulfill your Legally Green pledge.

We can’t do this work without you on our team. Your donation will help us accomplish more victories at the legislature and in the courtroom, using science as a tool to protect our air, water, and public health.

We’re in this for the long haul and we are glad to have you with us on the journey.

MCEA Welcomes New Environmental Defenders

Chris Tanita, Chief Development Officer

Chris joined MCEA as our Chief Development Officer in 2017.  She brings over a decade of experience in leading and growing fundraising programs.  Her passion for fundraising is rooted in building relationships, connecting people to great work in our community, and giving them the opportunity to invest in enacting their values.  Want to be a part of using the law, science, and research to protect Minnesota’s environment, our natural resources, and the health of our people?  Contact Chris at 

David Patton, Staff Attorney

David Patton joined Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy as a staff attorney in October 2017. He is a 2013 graduate, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. He previously worked as a public defender and, more recently, represented the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, including the Band's Department of Natural Resources.

In addition to his legal work, David is an ordained minister and improvisational theater performer. 


MCEA in the News

MCEA Clean Energy program director at U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP23) 

Leigh Currie's second day at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP23) brought a good deal of reflection on what it means to be an American at a global climate change conference. It was definitely an uncomfortable feeling. But Minnesota's delegation is telling the world loud and clear that #WeAreStillIn.

Read Leigh's Full Dispatch in MinnPost

Let science, not politics, guide the way forward for PolyMet

The way forward on copper-nickel mining for Minnesota is to set aside politics and work toward science-based solutions. Minnesota can live up to the ideal that we have the “strongest standards in the world” as we make decisions about PolyMet, but only if we take actions that prove it.

Read Kathryn Hoffman's Star Tribune Commentary

Raise a glass to Minnesota's legislative champions

Over fifty MCEA supporters joined us to recognize legislators and staff whose actions prove their strong commitment to our shared environmental values. At the event we honored Sen. Chris Eaton & Rep. Alice Hausman (Paddling Upstream Award), Sen. Erik Simonson & Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn (Trailblazer Award), and Great Gauthier, Legislative Director of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Environmental Envoy Award). 

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MCEA Blog: Junior Rangers, an elite corps of four-foot environmental protectors

Read about how the six-year old son of MCEA's new Staff Attorney, David Patton, became a Junior Ranger through a National Park Service program, and how this moment shaped his identity as an environmentalist - even though he doesn’t quite know that word yet.

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