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.
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.
Mark and Kate Hanson | Alida and Bill Messinger | Anonymous | Lang Family Foundation | The David Winton Bell Foundation | The Dick and Joyce H. McFarland Family Fund of the Mpls Fdn | The Pohlad Foundation
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.
Paul and Shannon Burke|Chuck Denny | Anonymous|Campbell Foundation | Longview Foundation – Kitty and David Crosby Restricted Fund | Steve Leuthold Family Foundation
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 | Martha Brand | David J. Chizek, M.D. | Diane J. Peterson and Dave Crawford | Phyllis Wiener, Shayna Berkowitz and the Still Ain’t Satisfied Foundation | Jim Wolford | Kate Wolford and Ed Reilly | Anonymous | Charles Sumner Bird Foundation | Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation | Evergreen Energy/District Energy | Iberdrola Renewables | M.A. Mortenson Construction | Stoel Rives, LLP | tenKsolar | The Lilja Family Foundation | The Saint Paul Foundation, Malcolm and Wendy McLean Fund
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 | Third Level Design | R. Michael and Sharon A. Conley | Christine and Loren Danielson | Charles Dayton and Sara Evans | Alan and Lollie Eidsness | Kathleen Jones | James Keller and Patricia Johnson Keller | John and Anita Kes | Kurt Kimber | Jane Newman and Amy Lange | James Lenfestey | David Leppik and Jordan Wood | Charles and Candice Nadler Family Foundation | Mariesa and Graham Ryan | Thomas Schnettler and Cheryl Appledorn | Gary and Mary Ann Schokmiller | Leola Schruers | Anne and Matt Schuerger | Robert Secor | Don Shelby | Ric and Julie Shrubb | James Uttley | Culp Family Foundation | First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, Inc. | Fredrikson & Byron | Lakewinds Natural Foods | The Gary and Susan Rappaport Family Philanthropic Fund | White Tree Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation