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01/01/2016
Peter Lindstrom, a government outreach coordinator with the Clean Energy Resource Team (CERTs) came before the Cook County Board of Commissioners on December 15 with information about a relatively new program that helps businesses and nonprofits get financing for renewable energy and conservation...
12/29/2015
Minnesota turkey growers in a pilot study saved big-time dollars by switching from traditional to LED lighting in their turkey barns. The program, called “Gobbling Up Savings,” helped a dozen farmers replace incandescent or high pressure sodium lighting systems in 25 barns. The growers with their...
12/29/2015
ORR – The Orr School could once more become this small town’s centerpiece, pumping dollars into the local economy and serving as a hub for community activities. That’s the goal of the Orr Resource and Recreation (ORR) Center, which envisions a center with a four-lane bowling alley, a youth camp...
12/29/2015
Oh, sure, you want to go to the gym more, eat more organic foods and probably just be nicer to your fellow man. All great goals for the new year. But if you’re looking for some resolution material that will benefit our environment as well as your conscience, some experts in the energy and...
12/29/2015
It could be the best of both worlds: conserve electricity, and lower your utility bill. Recycling your Christmas lights may be beneficial to you and the environment. “Instead of putting them in a box and putting them in the corner, bring them in and we’ll make sure they get to...
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)...

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