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Causes: Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment

Mission: Fresh Energy works to enhance our economy, protect human health and communities, restore our environment, and establish energy independence. In our sustained and coordinated effort to promote a modern, innovative energy system for the 21st century, we provide research, advocacy and innovative policy models while engaging citizens to take action on the energy issues that affect us all. Fresh Energy’s efforts focus on clean energy, transportation connections, global warming solutions, and energy justice. With expertise, strong alliances and an impressive track record in each of these important areas, we’re able to maintain a long-range view while also nimbly responding to sudden threats and unexpected opportunities.

Geographic areas served: Minnesota and the Midwest

Programs: Clean Energy, Transportation Connections, Global Warming Solutions, Energy Justice

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with Fresh Energy and found the people working for this organization to be knowledgeable, passionate, and inviting. I walked away from the experience learning a ton! Fresh Energy will remain on my list of organizations to volunteer for.

Review from Guidestar

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fresh Energy staff are thoughtful leaders and go-to-people for expertise on the important energy issues our society faces. I regularly rely on input from Fresh Energy staff like Michael Noble, Linda Taylor and J. Drake Hamilton to craft arguments to Minnesota regulators in support of renewable energy and fighting climate change.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

My family has been involved with and supporters of Fresh Energy for years. It is number one on our list when we make our charitable donations each year. Fresh Energy is one of the most forward thinking organizations when it comes to energy policy. This is the go to organization if you want clear, easy to understand, science-based information about renewable, responsible and reliable sources of energy. I appreciate how active they are in my local community but also across the state and even at the federal level. Fresh Energy is making a significant impact in changing the way people and policy makers think about climate change and energy use.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fresh Energy is a great organization, with a user-friendly web site that provides me with all the information I need to be an advocate for clean, alternative energies. I can read up on current policy, learn more by linking to their list of publications, receive suggestions on what I can do further the cause. Their newsletter is well-written and balanced in a way that allows longtime subscribers to stay interested without talking over the heads of newcomers. This organization has inspired me to take an active role in the pursuit of clean energy solutions, and I, in turn, have spread the word to my friends, family and colleagues. I feel good knowing an organization like Fresh Energy is working as hard as they do for the benefit of us all.

Review from Guidestar

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at Fresh Energy are very knowledgeable, committed to the environment and doing things based upon science. They seem to have strong integrity and always provide an accurate picture of what is happening with climate change and what is not. They also have many ideas on how we can change what we do in order to solve the problem. I was impressed how they tied it all together – energy, electricity, coal, oil, wind, cars, transportation, etc.

5

Former staff

Rating: 5

Fresh Energy is hands-down the most effective organization I have worked for. Their clear and focused mission to change energy laws and practices to make them cleaner and more economically viable in the 21st century allows Fresh Energy to dig deep into an extremely complex issue. All staff work collaboratively to achieve a high level of productivity, and the end result is strong policy advocacy backed by a team of communications and media specialists. Fresh Energy stands out in the world of nonprofits due to its clear focus and commitment to excellency in all areas.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Fresh Energy! They are THE organization I trust to provide research, advocacy and policy models which will help the US create a more modern, innovative, clean and efficient energy system. I appreciate their focus on local as well as national issues and believe that their emphasis on research and education as well as taking action makes for a powerful approach to social change.

Review from Guidestar

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fresh Energy is a great site and I highly recommend it. They promote green energy and green values and that is very important to me!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't think of a more positive non-profit than Fresh Energy. The thing I think I respect the most about Fresh Energy is the employees. They truly practice what they preach, and are extremely dedicated and passionate about their great cause.

8

Former staff

Rating: 5

Fresh Energy is one of the few nonprofits working exclusively on energy policy. They are pragmatic, smart, and most importantly they make things happen! (for example, MN's mercury laws and one of the toughest renewable energy standards in the nation).