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12/25/2015
MINNEAPOLIS — Many people find holiday lighting displays beautiful. But how much energy do those displays use? Quite a bit. Those who design and install holiday displays have been making the transition to more efficient LED bulbs, but they still have a ways to go. At a home in Sunfish Lake, a...
12/24/2015
Click here to listen to this story >> Organizers of the Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Duluth say 80 to 85 percent of the 3.5 million lights that fill Bayfront Park this year are LEDs. Derek Montgomery | For MPR News 2014 Many people find holiday lighting displays beautiful. But how much...
12/21/2015
Farmers have always depended on the power of the sun for their livelihood, but a growing number of them are harnessing that power for electricity to power their operations. “They look at solar because it’s a good way to reduce production costs,” said Fritz Ebinger, Clean Energy Resource Teams (...
12/16/2015
The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) will hold a collection event for recycling holiday lights statewide in Minnesota, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a day to promote and celebrate recycling in the United...
12/11/2015
The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) is holding a collection event for recycling holiday lights statewide in Minnesota through the end of January, joining thousands of local organizers across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day. RAM and the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)...
12/08/2015
Minnesota has a plan to reduce carbon emissions, meet the state’s energy needs, improve efficiency, and make power more local. And the plan is to meet some serious goals by 2025. To find out how this plan is working — and whether it will meet the needs of Minnesotans — the Minnesota...
12/08/2015
Q: Lots of people have been switching over to LED holiday lights because they use 50 percent less energy than conventional incandescent light strands, can last up to 10 times longer, and are much cooler, reducing the risk of fire. Where can people recycle both types of light strands? A: All...
12/07/2015
In a cooperative effort between the City of Slayton and the EDA, the City of Slayton has three new signs as you enter town. The signs are lit with LED lighting and will be solar powered by Larry Henderson of Back Up Power Systems.
12/01/2015
The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) and the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) are once again providing the Recycle Your Holidays program to Minnesotans. Hundreds of drop-off sites are available to Minnesotans across the state who want to recycle their old, tangled and broken holiday...
12/01/2015
For the past few years the Indian restaurant Gandhi Mahal has worked with different partners on incorporating sustainability into its operations, from compostable and reusable containers to an aquaponics fish farm in the basement. One of those partners has been the Lake Street Council, which in...

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