Introducing the New Coordinator and Field Organizer Behind CURE’s Energy Program

Kristian Nyberg

Kristian Nyberg hired as CURE’s Energy Program Coordinator

Kristian Nyberg joined CURE in December 2014 as CURE’s Energy Program Coordinator. Before coming to CURE, Nyberg worked as a campaign organizer for Senator Al Franken and a field organizer for Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG).

Nyberg has a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Minnesota, Morris. At the University of Minnesota, Morris, he studied the relationships between climate, energy, and ecosystems and the public policy required to address these societal challenges.

Nyberg’s new responsibilities will continue to take advantage of his organizing skills as he develops and strengthens CURE’s Energy Program by coordinating RE-AMP’s Clean Energy Working Group and leading rural organizing in support of Minnesota’s Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign.

“In this new position I hope to use my rural organizing skills in combination with policy experience to help build a new wave of clean energy development on the prairie,” said Nyberg.

Jordan Wente

Jordan Wente hired as the Energy Program’s Field Organizer and Policy Analyst

Jordan Wente joined CURE in January 2015 as a Field Organizer and Policy Analyst under CURE’s Energy Program. Before coming to CURE, Wente worked for the University of Minnesota, Morris Center for Small Towns as a Project Statistician and as a Solar Energy Consultant for several regional dairies.

Wente’s new responsibilities will continue to take advantage of his researching and analyzing skills as he supports CURE’s Energy Program by organizing on behalf of Minnesota’s Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign as well as researching, analyzing, and writing on the economic benefits of clean energy in rural Minnesota.

“I am passionate about the intersections of rural issues, environment, and renewable energy; I believe in people, the prairie, progress, and the role that policy can play,” said Wente.

Wente is currently a senior at the University of Minnesota, Morris majoring in economics, statistics, and Spanish, and was named a 2014 Harry S. Truman Scholar for his work in sustainability, policy research, and community outreach.

CURE’s Energy Program

CURE’s Energy Program strives to advance Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy.  Seizing the opportunity that renewable energy provides to farmers and rural communities reduces carbon emissions and ultimately helps us address climate change. For rural people its also a step forward to local self reliance and resilience.  CURE’s Energy Program is funded in part by RE-AMP and by a grant from the Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign.