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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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Local government leaders from the City of Austin and Mower County came together Tuesday to talk about ways to reduce overall operations and maintenance budgets, reduce energy use, and install upgrades in public buildings with the Guarante
Minnesota Power Pack
Lissa Pawlisch
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:50pm
The excitement of the Solar Powering Minnesota conference continues with the launch of the Power Pack Minnesota program! Targeting communities in Minnesota Power territory and adjacent municipal and cooperative...
Patrick Mathwig, New Metro CERT Intern
Trevor Drake
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:09pm
Patrick started volunteering for Metro CERT in March of 2014, assisting with planning workshops and events as well as keeping our communications databases up to date. He is looking forward to becoming even more...
Xcel Energy's Nobles Wind Farm in southwestern Minnesota is supplying electricity to the regional transmission grid.
Joel Haskard
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:59pm
CERTs Co-Director Joel Haskard spoke with Xcel Energy’s Senior Product Portfolio Manager Steve Mudd to get an update on Xcel Energy’s Windsource program. Joel Haskard: Tell me a little about the Windsource...
St. Cloud Area Green Forum
Lindsay Wimmer
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:12pm
Local governments and businesses are looking at options to make their operations more energy efficient. This Wednesday, leaders met at St. Cloud City Hall for the 2014 St. Cloud Area Green Forum. Alex Svejkovsky...
EcoMetro Tour
Laura Burrington - MRES
Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:35pm
The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) is excited to announce the sites for 1st ever EcoMetro Sustainable Living Tour happening May 31st, 2014. The EcoMetro tour will be highlighting eight very special...

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Sarah Hayden has worked as a high school teacher, a salmon processor, a security guard, a drywall hanger, and most recently as a Residential and...

Find out what’s happening in your area and connect with people in your community and beyond!

in Red Lake Falls
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Join NW CERT Wednesday, April 16th 1:00 – 4:00pm at WoodMaster/Northwest Manufacturing in Red Lake Falls to learn about the latest trends in biomass in northern Minnesota! We’ll learn and discuss: What’s...
in Shoreview
7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Shoreview Environmental Quality Committee (EQC) has been hosting the annual Environmental Speaker Series: Our Neighborhoods, Our Environment. The 2014 series has offered eye-opening information and helpful tips about a...
in Brainerd
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Central Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) Coordinator, Sarah Jean Hayden, will present a variety of clean energy projects happening across our region. The session will discuss the wide breadth of clean energy initiatives...
in Saint Paul
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Join Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) Community partners & friends to celebrate our 7th year of connecting communities to resources! Hear about clean energy projects and work that is happening in communities all...

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CERTified Campaigns


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 >>