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Bill McCann, site manager at Hillcrest recreation center, with the VendingMisers
The City of Saint Paul saves money and energy with new VendingMiser installations on vending machines in public buildings and businesses!

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During a recent event at Carleton College, community solar gardens were the main discussion. For over a year now, the idea of community solar gardens (or community-shared solar) has been garnering lots of attention. This forum was a chance to bring people together to hear about...
Tim Johnson, pastor of Cherokee Park United Church in St. Paul, says visitors frequently inquire about the church’s solar array. (Photo by Ken Paulman / Midwest Energy News)
Frank Jossi
Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:35am
This story by Frank Jossi is republished from the original at Midwest Energy News. Bethel Evangelical Lutheran and Minnesota Community Solar came together earlier this year to promote a solar garden that will sit...
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Maggie Kozak
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:37am
Love energy efficiency, renewables, and helping others save money? Like to work with local units of government on helping them finance their clean energy projects? Then consider joining CERTs! We have a new...
A solar energy system constructed at the Grand Rapids DNR headquarters is one of the largest in the state of Minnesota.
Bill Mittlefehldt
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:48am
This article is republished from the original by Britta Arendt at the Herald Review. In 2011, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued two Executive Orders, creating a comprehensive energy savings plan for state...
Staff tracked data on milk consumption and cost, energy consumption and cost, water usage and cost, labor, and waste and recycling generation both before and after dispensers were installed.
Alexis Troschinetz
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 1:38pm
Katelyn Larsen, Minnesota GreenCorps member for the Recycling Association of Minnesota, recently completed a pilot study on bulk milk dispensers at a K-12 public school in Minnesota. The study was designed to test...
Teachers learning how to strengthen their Science, Technology, Engineering  and Mathematics (STEM) curricula by integrating energy education into their lessons at the Laurentian Environmental Center.
Joel Haskard
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:42am
The Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration (CREED) program strives to help teachers strengthen their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula by integrating energy...

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in Grand Marais
5:00pm to 7:00pm
CCLEP and CCHE are celebrating the energy and facility remodel done at the North Shore Campus building this year and successful completion of CCLEP’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP), a two-year pilot project....
in Lakeville
10:00am to 2:00pm
This is an open-house format. Come when it is convenient for you! Dakota Electric Association, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative and Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric are inviting all commercial and industrial members...
11:00am to 12:00pm
You have your data in B3 Benchmarking, and now you’re asking yourself, “How do I communicate this information?” In this session, we will: discuss who should hear about building performance, walk...
in Duluth
7:00pm to 8:00pm
This FREE, 1-hour program, called a Power Hour, educates participants on the benefits of solar energy and demonstrates that solar power has never been cheaper or easier to install. The Power Hour will include discussion...

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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 >>