SAINT PAUL, Minn. – To address the growing need for sustainability solutions to address climate change, dozens of students from across Minnesota attended the Race to Reduce Student Summit today. The students met to strategize, plan and execute projects in their communities that will promote resource conservation and protection of resources. The summit was funded by a legislative grant passed last year, that was authored by Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood).
“Minnesota’s students are not only the leaders of tomorrow but are the leaders today in the fight against climate change, and we should be looking at the proposals they are coming up with in taking action,” said Senator Wiger. “Water conservation and sustainability have always been an issue close to my heart, and I have long worked with my colleagues in the legislature to take positive steps to prioritize these efforts. It was an honor today to spend time with these students and to see these kids come together, work together, and propose real changes that will make our world more sustainable.”
The Summit builds on the Race to Reduce program, a community-wide education and action effort focused on preserving our water resources now and into the future. This was the first of two student summits with the next one set on March 19. The final goal is to promote replication of sustainability projects by sharing all projects on a website created for this initiative that can be accessed by schools and communities across the state and beyond. In addition to state funding, the Summit today was partially funded by Trane, Inc and was hosted by the Science Museum of Minnesota.