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03/20/2017
The city of St. Cloud has launched a project to use renewable energy to power its sprawling wastewater treatment plant. Clean Energy Resource Teams government outreach coordinator Peter Lindstrom tells Minnesota Public Radio that other cities are paying attention to St. Cloud’s cutting-edge...
03/20/2017
The city of St. Cloud has launched a project to use renewable energy to power its sprawling wastewater treatment plant. Clean Energy Resource Teams government outreach coordinator Peter Lindstrom says that other cities are paying attention to St. Cloud’s cutting-edge methane recapture...
03/20/2017
LITTLE FALLS—Thinking about buying an electric vehicle but have a few questions? Want to learn more about the cars and charging stations? Attend a free March 25 event to learn about electric vehicles and how they perform in central Minnesota. Attendees will hear from electric vehicle owners and...
03/18/2017
In the light of recent work being done in the City of Marine regarding its urban forest and becoming a GreenStep City, the council is considering taking further steps to become a Tree City USA. Founded in 1976 by the Arbor Day Foundation, Tree City USA is a program that “provides the framework...
03/15/2017
Sustain Winona, the Jefferson Center, and the Southeast Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) will host a free gathering Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at Winona City Hall, where participants will learn about energy efficiency and solar cells. At this workshop, representatives...
03/13/2017
We are members of the Morris Tree Board who have been contacted by residents about the recent removal of trees from our parks and boulevards. We share the concern. Urban environments can be harsh without mature trees. To preserve and protect our public tree canopy, the Tree Board has been working...
03/10/2017
For most cities, wastewater and drinking water treatment plants are major energy hogs. So when St. Cloud was looking for ways to trim its utility bills, it made sense to look at the sprawling wastewater treatment plant on the city’s south side. The city launched an innovative project...
02/21/2017
Interest in energy efficiency or adding renewable energy, like solar, has been growing in recent years. A new financing tool, called Property-Assessed Clean Energy will now help adoption of these energy technologies grow even faster. Newly available to businesses, farms, multi-family housing, non...
02/11/2017
Early Tuesday morning this past week, Mayor Paul Hicks delivered his annual State of the City Address. The yearly speech is one that summarizes key achievements of the past year and also offers a taste of what the city hopes to accomplish in the coming year. This year’s speech talked of...
02/09/2017
There is work that can be done at a city and state level to preserve our planet for future generations. By listening and acting with skill and mindfulness, we can do this work. I live in Oakdale, Minnesota. In 2015, the city was presented the first-ever Sustainable City Award for our Generation...

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