"I believe this program provides a great opportunity to see how sustainability principles and theories are being put into practice. Every place is important, with its own culture and resources. Minnesota is a unique place. It is the birthplace of the mighty Mississippi River, and home to prairies, woods, lakes, and abundant wind, sun, and productive soils. We are creating a low-carbon future here in Minnesota with our state policy and our renewable energy implementation. Students will get to see many renewable energy technologies up close. We are also home to unique people, including the Native Americans who were here long before the first Europeans settled in the state. Students will get to see how all of these ingredients mix together to create sustainable stew. I believe students will be inspired by their visit to Minnesota and will leave with many ideas about how they can create change in whatever place they call home."