Power Circles

Fresh Energy’s Power Circles recognize the leading individual, business, and organizational members who make generous unrestricted contributions of $1,000 and above each fiscal year. Through their commitment, Fresh Energy is able to promote laws and rules to create a clean energy system that sustains our economy, human health, and the environment.

Newton Circle

Membership is extended to members contributing a total of $10,000 or more in a fiscal year.
Mathematician and physicist Isaac Newton (1643-1727) was among the foremost scientific intellects of all time.  As the identifier of gravity, developer of mathematics of orbital motion who made foundational contributions to all branches of mathematics and modern physical science, Newton is the exemplar of using scientific investigation to solve scientific problems. The Newton Circle celebrates the application of scientific investigation to the solution of problems.

Anonymous (3), Mark and Kate Hanson, Lang Family Foundation, Richard and Joyce McFarland, Alida and Bill Messinger, Sarah Sponheim, The David Winton Bell Foundation, The Dick and Joyce H. McFarland Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, The Pohlad Foundation

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Curie Circle

Membership is extended to members contributing a total of $5,000-$9,999 in a fiscal year.
Marie Curie (1876–1934) originated the theory of radioactivity by hypothesizing and testing the revolutionary concept that rays emitted by uranium could be atomic in nature. Curie’s radical theory ultimately contributed to a fundamental shift in scientific understanding of matter and energy. The Curie Circle celebrates the original thinking that makes scientific breakthroughs possible.

Anonymous, Paul and Shannon Burke, Campbell Foundation – Jim and Carmen Campbell, Chuck Denny, Longview Foundation – Kitty and David Crosby Restricted Fund, Don Shelby, Steve Leuthold Family Foundation

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Edison Circle

Membership is extended to members contributing a total of $2,000–$4,999 in a fiscal year.
Thomas Edison (1847- 1931) is America’s iconic industrial inventor and savvy businessman. His genius for transferring technology from the lab to the market was, as he put it, “…1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” The Edison Circle celebrates the inspiration and hard work in successfully harnessing new energy sources.

John and Helen Ackerman*, Donna W. Allan and Bill Mahlum, Randy and Bird Anderson, Anonymous, Atomic Data, Shayna and Phyllis Berkowitz, Martha Brand, tenKsolar, Charles Sumner Bird Foundation, David Chizek M.D., Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, Evergreen Energy / District Energy, M.A. Mortenson Construction, Diane J. Peterson and Dave Crawford, The Lilja Family Foundation, The Malcolm and Wendy McLean Fund, The Nash Foundation, Lilja Family Foundation of the Saint Paul Foundation, Phyllis Wiener, Shayna Berkowitz and the Still Ain’t Satisfied Foundation, Jim Wolford, Kate Wolford and Ed Reilly

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Tesla Circle

Membership is extended to members contributing a total of $1,000–$1,999 in a fiscal year.
Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) was a pioneer of modern electrical engineering. Tesla’s patents formed the basis for alternating current, the AC motor, and the polyphase system of electrical distribution. Tesla inventions were major contributors to the launching of the Industrial Revolution. The Tesla Circle celebrates the economic power of transformative technology.

Lane Ayres and Marion McNurlen, Patricia Benn and Ned Crosby, An anonymous fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, Third Level Design, R. Michael and Sharon A. Conley, Culp Family Foundation, Christine and Loren Danielson, Charles Dayton and Sara Evans, Alan and Lollie Eidsness, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, Inc., Fredrikson & Byron, Ross and Monique Hammond, John and Anita Kes, Lakewinds Natural Foods, Jane Newman and Amy Lange, Peter H. Bachman and Janet Rice Fund, The Minneapolis Fndtn, Mariesa and Graham Ryan, Deborah Schlichting and Charles Blomme, Thomas Schnettler and Cheryl Appledorn, Gary and Mary Ann Schokmiller, Leola Schruers, Anne and Matt Schuerger, Robert Secor, Richard and Julie Shrubb, The Gary and Susan Rappaport Family Philanthropic Fund, James Uttley, White Tree Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation

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*Remembering We mourn the passing of John Ackerman and celebrate his passionate work for justice and for responsible care of the Earth.