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07/18/2016
MORRIS — After a trip to Germany focusing on green energy initiatives, City Manager Blaine Hill arrived back in Morris with many ideas for how the city can continue to raise the bar for clean energy in Minnesota. Hill participated in the exchange trip along with staff members from the University...
07/14/2016
Evidence of a warming atmosphere is nearly everywhere—from the temperature and rainfall tables, to the length of growing seasons, to homeowners’ heating bills. But city hall may be where the climate is changing the most. Across Minnesota and the U.S., communities large and small are looking...
07/13/2016
SAUK CENTRE — Organizers are inviting the public to a four-business tour showcasing LED lighting Thursday. The West Central Clean Energy Resource Team, or CERT, is hosting the free event, according to a news release. Stops will be at ElmerZ Restaurant, Palmer House Hotel, Malecha Dairy and Blue...
07/11/2016
City governments that want to promote sustainability face competing incentives: They want to show environmental leadership but are uncomfortable with taking financial risks. This effect is compounded in small cities, which also lack the expertise to point them in the right direction. It took a...
07/01/2016
MORRIS — A clean energy partnership between the city of Morris’s, the University of Minnesota, Morris, and energy consulting firm Eutectics is looking to the next stage of development, which could include solar panels at several sites around Morris. Representatives from Eutectics presented...
06/26/2016
The League of Minnesota Cities recognized 49 member cities and one tribal community at a June 15 awards ceremony for completing at least one of four participation steps in the GreenStep Cities initiative. GreenStep Cities is a free and voluntary program designed to help Minnesota cities achieve...
06/24/2016
The League of Minnesota Cities recognized St. Louis Park as one of 49 member cities and one tribal community honored at an awards ceremony for completing at least one of four participation steps in the GreenStep Cities initiative. GreenStep Cities is a free and voluntary program designed to help...
06/22/2016
ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Officials in Albert Lea are doing their best to help reduce pollution in the air and energy use in the workplace by becoming a GreenStep City. City officials will set certain environmental goals they want to obtain. They plan to minimize the use of energy and decrease the...
06/17/2016
TRIMONT, Minn. — When the Fullers decided to save their barn and add on a shop, they embarked on a decade-long journey that ended with a reclaimed barn, a geo-thermal heating and cooling system for energy efficiency, and a solar array to power the farm with renewable energy. While many told them...
06/17/2016
Click play below to listen to the story: Global climate change might seem to call for global action, but there are efforts going on in places you wouldn’t necessarily look, with countless examples in cities across Minnesota. Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, who has attended global...

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