Climate Voices

December 3, 2018
By: Climate Generation

Four Minnesota business leaders attending international climate negotiations

Corporate delegates selected to represent U.S. sustainable leadership in Poland

MINNEAPOLIS –  Nov. 28, 2018 – Representatives from Best Buy, Target, BWBR, and local restaurant Fig + Farro will represent Minnesota at the United Nations international climate conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland this December 2–14. The four delegates were selected to attend through Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy’s Window into COP program.

The four delegates include:

Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Best Buy
Alissa Matthies Tamasi, Corporate Responsibility Lead, Target
Jesse Turck, Architect & Project Manager, BWBR
Melissa Courtright, CEO, Fig + Farro

COP24 is bringing together world leaders from 196 countries to strategize and finalize the implementation plan for the Paris Agreement, which was ratified and signed in 2015. As the Trump administration vowed to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement in 2017 and has continued to roll back environmental protections, the influence of the business sector is essential to continuing U.S. climate leadership. In the wake of the IPCC Climate Change Report and the recently released 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA), urgent climate action is clear. The NCA reported that bold climate action will save hundreds of billions of dollars just in public health costs, and save thousands of lives a year.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing from other countries about the human experience of climate change,” said Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Best Buy. “I’m looking forward to learning about some ways that we can tackle climate change, especially as a business and how we can strengthen our actions.”

The four attending delegates represent companies that have set internal climate action policies and sustainable initiatives. This includes science-based targets from Best Buy and Target to reduce their greenhouse gas footprint, as well as connecting employees and customers to individual solutions and resources that contribute to collective action.

Climate Generation has led delegations of educators, youth, and community leaders to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties since Copenhagen/COP15 in 2009. This year’s unique focus on private sector offers the chance to demonstrate corporate commitments and leadership and bring cutting-edge international climate work back to Minnesota. As the only Midwest state in the U.S. Climate Alliance and We Are Still In initiative committed to upholding the U.S. targets outlined in the Paris accords, Minnesota is on the international stage.

“I am excited to represent Climate Generation at COP24 because it’s a great opportunity to learn from leaders in this space and discuss the key issues of climate change on a global scale,” said Alissa Matthies Tamasi.

The Window into COP24 delegates will share their unique perspectives through the companion email digest, including webcasts, daily blogs, and a summary of climate action happening on the ground from December 2-14. Sign up to receive updates from the Window Into COP24 delegation at A reflections panel discussion on December 19, 4-5 p.m., at the Institute on the Environment will feature the four delegates and takeaways from the international conference.


Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change. Building on the experience of our founder, polar explorer, educator, and climate advocate Will Steger, Climate Generation works with educators, youth, communities, and influentials to build climate literacy and promote a solutions-oriented approach to addressing climate change. For more information, visit For more on the Window Into COP24 program, visit

Lauren Boritzke, Climate Generation