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Everyone would like to save money on utility bills, and most people want to conserve our natural resources, right? Well, in Southwest Minnesota, what initially started as an effort to raise...

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Looking for a project example that educated students and the greater community about energy efficiency AND reduces costs AND improves the lighting quality?
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 Minneapolis
8:00am to 5:00pm
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...
2:00pm to 4:00pm
The MN Green Schools Coalition and the U.S. Green Building Council Minnesota (USGBC-MN) is offering a free training to overview 3 climate and energy classroom curricula for elementary and middle school teachers. The training...
in Saint Paul
9:00am to 11:00am
Join other city staff to learn about topics related to the best practices of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program. These technical workshops will be held the third Wednesday from 9:00am to 11:00am every month (October...
in Saint Paul
9:00am
Join other city staff to learn about topics related to the best practices of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program. These technical workshops will be held the third Wednesday from 9:00am to 11:00am every month (October...

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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 >>