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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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Aeon, a non-profit developer and property management organization of high-quality affordable apartment homes for individuals of low to moderate income, developed a pilot program that focused on educational outreach on sustainable issues. In an effort to develop and operate...
Join us at the Eco Experience building at the MN State Fair!
Stacey Pederson
Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:08pm
It seems like summer has just barely started, but the Minnesota State Fair is just around the corner—August 21-Sept. 1. For the third straight year, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy...
Students attending class in the Shakopee Environmental Learning Center (SELC)
Kelly Changalov
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:06pm
All of us, at some point in life, were stuck indoors on a beautiful day, and wished we could be outside. As kids, we’ve daydreamed about our teacher conducting class outside. As adults, we’ve joked with a co-...
The Popp family children are learning first-hand how solar photovoltaic panels and their wind turbine create energy on their farm
Stacey Pederson
Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:02am
Over 30 people gathered July 16, 2014 in Royalton to tour and learn about exciting clean energy accomplishments and happenings in Royalton, Minnesota! Central Clean Energy Resource Team (Central CERT) hosted the...
Statewide view from the MN Solar Suitability App
Dan Thiede
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:50pm
Did you know that Minnesota has an award-winning Solar Dream Team? It’s true! CERTs is helping a talented team of GIS professionals design an online mapping application for solar energy that will serve an...
Minnesota GreenStep Cities staff
MPCA
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:36pm
The Minnesota GreenStep Cities program is designed to challenge, assist, and recognize Minnesota cities that are “green stars.” Cities are challenged to work through a series of steps—and...

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in Sandstone
9:00am to 5:00pm
The Midwest’s climate change education event of the year; come to the 2014 Summer Institute to get: Connected to Minnesota and regional educators who care about quality teaching and social/environmental issues....
in Center City
2:00pm to 7:00pm
Eichten’s Hidden Acres of Center City, Minn. will become the home of Chisago County’s first community solar garden. Farm owner Ed Eichten will retire 4 acres of his farm for the installation of a solar array. This open...
2:00pm
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will present a webinar on Aug. 20 about wind technology markets. Ryan Wiser of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will provide an overview of the DOE 2013 Wind Technologies Market...
in Saint Paul
9:00am to 9:00pm
The Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair is an indoor green space with lush rain gardens, an eco home, live entertainment, and cutting-edge displays on renewable energy, new fuels and vehicles, and organic farming....

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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 >>