The Minnesota Student Energy Project is an environmental non-profit led by students. Our mission is education: to provide knowledge, resources, and momentum to student communities wishing to initiate a shift toward clean consumption and sustainability. We hope that our work will help foster a generation of students that is prepared to confront the environmental challenges of today and years to come.
MNSEP’s mission is embodied in a simple combination of two words: EduCarbon. Education plus Carbon, or EduCarbon, is our effort to increase awareness of environmental conditions on both local and global scales. The elements of EduCarbon, education and carbon, represent the dimensions of our approach. Education is comprised of our formal work to provide students with the knowledge they need to make environmentally conscious lifestyle decisions. Whether these lessons are taught in a school classroom or outdoors as a part of a MNSEP-sponsored seminar at a nature center, all material is centered on learning how to live more sustainably. Carbon, the second element, represents our efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of high schools.
Since its inception in 2008, MNSEP has helped High Schools in Minnesota fund their own solar installations. High School buildings are massive consumers, and their use of solar energy is not only testimony to a student body’s environmental initiative, but a learning tool in classrooms. Contextual examples and resources are essential to the comprehensive effect we hope to have in schools, which is why the data from MNSEP solar installations is used in classrooms to showcase the benefits of alternative energy. EduCarbon captures what MNSEP represents as well as what we are working toward: a generation prepared for the environmental challenges that lie ahead.
In March 2011, MNSEP won the Association of Fundraising Professionals Changing Our World / Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (Ages 5-17). MNSEP extends its gratitude to all of the students and professionals whose support has inspired us to stay focused and committed to our goal of fostering a cleaner and brighter future.