About the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)

Since 1974, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy has been protecting our water, air, land and people.

MCEA works with government agencies, the Legislature, and the courts to set sound environmental policy, to ensure good laws are enacted, and to enforce the law when needed. We are committed to working across all sectors – private and public, profit and nonprofit, political and academic – to form the partnerships needed to succeed. Real environmental issues are complex and real environmental progress takes time. MCEA is in it for the long haul.


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  • Children and Climate Change Posted 2 days ago
    Excellent collection of articles in the Spring 2016 issue of The Future of Children (a Princeton/Brookings collaboration) on children and climate change. These are not bland admonitions to do something "for the kids," but a series of hard-headed analyses of costs, benefits, and intergenerational equity. Definitely worth a read.
  • Can Minneapolis reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050? Posted 2 days ago
    The answer is yes, says a new report from Siemens. The focus on buildings and transportation in the report is very important, because, with so much attention on the supply side (retiring coal plants), the "demand" side may not get the attention it deserves.
  • Waste-to-energy Posted 3 days ago
    Using municipal solid waste to produce energy is controversial, primarily because of local air emissions around plants. A new report from Berkeley Law suggests a set of policy options that would maximize the environmental and clean energy benefits of these facilities, without reducing incentives for source reduction and recycling.

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  • Background to Star Tribune article: "PolyMet mine water could flow northward, toward BWCA" Posted 8 months ago
    On September 2, 2015, the Star Tribune published an article, "PolyMet mine water could flow northward, toward BWCA," detailing Polymet's questionable water model and the potential for impact on the BWCA. Interested in learning more about the background to the story? Check out the following: Letter to NorthMet EIS Co-lead ...
  • Great Lakes Coalition Comments on Waukesha Diversion Application Posted 8 months ago
    MCEA joined over 50 conservation and environmental groups from the Great Lakes states and Canada in urging protection of Great Lakes waters from unnecessary diversion, in the first test of the 2008 Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. MCEA has a long history of supporting ...
  • Governor Dayton restores advisory MPCA citizens board by executive order Posted 9 months ago
    At the Minnesota Environmental Partnership's annual meeting on Tuesday, August 4, Governor Dayton announced that he had signed an executive order to create a new advisory citizens board for the MPCA. The Minnesota Legislature's agriculture and environment omnibus bill abolished the 50-year-old citizens board last session. Governor Dayton reluctantly ...

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