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Sam Thai Cuisine, like several other restaurants, found that simple behavior change measures had significant impacts on energy usage
The City of White Bear Lake, in collaboration with the Food Service Energy Leadership Program (FSELP), received an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) to provide technical...

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Langmo Bros Farm with new LED lighting
Alexis Troschinetz
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:03pm
Two federal funding programs are on the near horizon for turkey producers and other farmers to access funds to make energy upgrades on Minnesota farms. See below for more info on each of the programs, as well as...
Small businesses, municipalities, churches, and schools in Minnesota can contact RETAP to request a free audit and get suggestions for reducing their environmental impact and costs.
Joel Haskard
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:05pm
The Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) employs skilled, retired professionals to provide facility assessments and community sustainability assistance to small businesses,...
Erin Smith
Lissa Pawlisch
Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:58am
CERTs is excited to announce our newest staff member, Erin Smith, who started this summer as our West Central CERT Coordinator! We realize we’re a little late introducing her to everyone, but in case you...
With AmeriCorps member Joan Van Grinsven at the helm, the city has reengaged with B3 Benchmarking in the past year and is making improvements based on the results.
Joel Haskard
Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:24am
The story from Lake Crystal shows that leadership must not necessarily come from the top; interns can do a great deal of directing positive change in a city. With AmeriCorps member Joan Van Grinsven at the helm,...
Community Solar survey
Lissa Pawlisch
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:08pm
You might remember seeing a survey in February asking a few questions about Community Solar Gardens (CSGs). CSGs are a way for Minnesotans to subscribe to a portion of a large solar project and receive credit on...

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in Duluth
8:00am to 2:30pm
Packaged rooftop units (RTUs) are used to easily and effectively heat and cool more than 50 percent of all commercial buildings in the U.S. The question is: How can we make these units more efficient? A recent U.S....
in St. Paul
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MBPA 2014 Fall Energy Forum: An in depth Look at Minnesota’s new Energy Code – Part 1 Part 1 of this 2 part series will be an overview of Minnesota’s new energy code requirements and the challenges they will bring....
in Rochester
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Dynamic changes in our energy supply are driving down costs and increasing innovation. Michael Noble, executive director of Fresh Energy, will speak about electric vehicles, and solar and wind electric generation technology...
in Minneapolis
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MnSEIA is proud to announce that the first annual “MnSEIA – Midwest Gateway to Solar” Conference is happening in Minneapolis on November 4th and 5th, 2014. Minnesota is the next big landscape for solar in the...

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Gobble Up Savings with LEDs

Gobble up savings in turkey barns
CERTs is helping turkey farmers reduce energy use by upgrading to LED lighting in their barns. Gobble up lighting savings >>

Light Up Your Station & Save with LEDs

Start saving with LED canopy lights
CERTs is helping Minnesota service stations save energy by upgrading to LED canopy lighting. Learn more >>