More Green Minds in Saint Paul

Yesterday, I wrote a blog post about some youths working to make a difference in the environment of Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of Saint Paul.  I ran across an article today about yet another young person working to make the world a cleaner place to live, within St. Paul and beyond.  This time, he hails from the Macalester neighborhood of Saint Paul.

A student from Macalester College was honored in San Francisco this week with a Brower Youth Award.  The award recognizes six North American environmental leaders between the ages of 13 and 22.  21-year-old Timothy DenHerder-Thomas will receive a $3,000 award and participate in skills-building and mentoring workshops.

DenHerder-Thomas believes that becoming more earth-friendly as a society doesn’t need to be a story of hardship and personal sacrifices.  Instead, he has demonstrated that climate solutions are opportunities for economic profit and local community building.

He is responsible for spearheading the creation of the Clean Energy Revolving Fund at Macalester College in Saint Paul, which is a financial pool for campus initiatives that funds profitable sustainability projects that repay the fund and help it grow.  It is now nearing $100,000 and yielding over 30% annual returns.

In case you’re curious, the awards are named after David Brower, the founder of Earth Island who helped to preserve the Grand Canyon.

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