Tom Goldtooth Honored with the Gandhi Peace Award

Tom Goldtooth Honored with the Gandhi Peace Award

Native activist Tom Goldtooth and peace advocate Kathy Kelly received the Gandhi Peace Award before a rapt audience at the United Church on the Green in New Haven last Friday (October 30). The prestigious award has been bestowed annually on select recipients for their outstanding contributions to world peace since 1960 by the national organization Promoting Enduring Peace. Past recipients include such luminaries as Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothy Day, Caesar Chavez and most recently to Bill McKibben and Medea Benjamin. Goldtooth is of Diné and Dakota ancestry and is Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. The IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous Peoples to address environmental and economic justice issues. Read more or listen to Tom’s acceptance speech on...
Doug Shoemaker is Awarded the MnSEIA Lifetime Achievement Award

Doug Shoemaker is Awarded the MnSEIA Lifetime Achievement Award

Dear Friends, Yesterday Doug won the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from MnSEIA (Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association) at their annual conference. MnSEIA is the industry group Doug founded to bring all stakeholders around the table to work out their agreements and differences so as to get renewable energy legislation changed. Doug told me I probably should not come because he thought the award was supposed to be a surprise to him and it wouldn’t look right if I knew about it ahead of time. I made up my mind I would sneak in and surprise him. His son, Aaron, was able to come too, which was fantastic. The conference organizer helped us sneak into the back of the room to watch him accept the award and give his remarks. The entire room clapped, cheered and stood up for him as his name was announced as the recipient. In his speech he thanked “his wife, who could not be here today, for all her support and help.” I waved my arms wildly and he looked over and said with surprize, “Oh, she is here and so is my son, Aaron!” People stood up and cheered for us, too! Many people had tears in their eyes as they spoke to us afterwards about their respect and love for Doug. One man said to me as we were heading into the ballroom before the awards, “I LOVE your husband!” I said, “Me too.” Will Steger, the famous artic explorer who has spent the last 5-6 years giving talks throughout the Midwest about his eyewitness account of the effects of climate change (for instance,...
Making Minnesota cities sustainable

Making Minnesota cities sustainable

This article talks about reaching sustainability goals for Minnesota cities through the GreenStep Cities project and the involvement of Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs). Click here to read the article from MinnPost...