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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  • Senator Klobuchar's Recent Climate Speech Posted 7 hours ago
    Good for Senator Klobuchar, but sad that in 2014, a resolution saying that climate change is real, with no pesky solutions included, has to be debated in the U.S. Senate.
  • Minnesota's own General Mills Steps Up on Climate Posted 7 hours ago
    This week, General Mills announced a new set of policies related to climate, which now explicitly include its suppliers and vendors when calculating its climate footprint.  General Mills has also joined the Ceres-sponsored business group advocating for comprehensive climate change legislation.  None of this is out of the goodness of the corporation's heart.  This reflects yet another giant multinational recognizing that doing what's right on climate makes good business sense.
  • Coal, gas, oil and wind Posted 6 days ago
    Several environmental articles today's Times.  China and it's planned coal gasification plants, New transmission for wind power on Texas.  States who oppose Obama's clean power rule most likely to benefit. Danger from oil trains.

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Recent Posts

  • Welcome, Cordelia Pierson! Minnesota Environmental Fund's new executive director! Posted 2 weeks ago
    The Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF) is a state-wide network of 23 of Minnesota’s most respected and responsible nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations, including MCEA, working together to protect, conserve, and restore Minnesota’s environment through employee giving. Recently, MEF announced Cordelia Pierson as their new executive director! Please join us in welcoming Cordelia and read on to learn more about her role at MEF! Press Release: Minnesota Environmental Fund Announces New Executive Director, Cordelia Pierson 7/1/2014  The Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF), the leading nonprofit that supports giving by employees to organizations that protect, conserve, and restore Minnesota’s environment, has selected Cordelia Pierson as its ...
  • Congratulations to new members of the Legislative Water Commission! Posted 3 weeks ago
    MCEA congratulates the newly-appointed members of the Legislative Water Commission, which was created by the 2014 Legislature. The Senate members are Senators Chuck Wiger, Carrie Ruud, Bev Scalze, Gary Dahms, Matt Schmit, and Roger Chamberlain.  The House members are:  Representatives Peter Fischer, Paul Torkelson, Clark Johnson, Matt Dean, John Persell and Rod Hamilton. All of us at MCEA look forward to working with these legislators in providing the best possible stewardship for Minnesota's waters. The Commission has a broad mandate to review water policy reports and recommendations, secure data and comments through hearings and otherwise, and make recommendations to the ...
  • EPA to Issue New Rule on Sherco Posted last month
    MCEA and its partners settled a lawsuit against EPA this week that could lead to big changes at Sherco 1 and 2, Xcel's large, old coal plants in Sherburne County.  There is so much pollution from the Sherco units that it is impairing visibility in Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters according to findings made by federal land managers.  MCEA's lawsuit alleged that the federal findings triggered a duty for EPA to determine the extent of the impairment and what additional pollution controls are needed at Sherco to eliminate it.  The settlement calls for EPA to issue a ...

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