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06/16/2015
The competition that earned Elk River the title of “Energy City,” as highway signs and other markers proudly declare, took place nearly two decades ago, but it has had a lasting impact. The designation, awarded by the nonprofit Minnesota Environmental Initiative, grew from the premise that...
06/15/2015
Those that live in Minnesota and want to get a better idea of exactly what’s on offer as far as utility-company-backed community solar programs go should be happy to hear that the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) recently published a regional map on the subject. The map — which is freely...
05/28/2015
SLAYTON — After helping three businesses with energy-saving retrofit projects, the Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC) Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is now reaching out to crop and livestock producers interested in implementing energy conservation practices on their...
05/21/2015
A new report from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says solar is an important source of renewable energy as the consequences of climate change become more urgent. But solar technology can be expensive and it’s not being utilized as widely as it could be. How can Minnesota leverage...
05/20/2015
Friday, May 22 will be a day of celebration on Riverside Drive in Crookston, for two reasons. At noon, the community is invited to the grand opening of the Riverside Community Garden and a 99th birthday celebration for Crookston resident and local gardening expert Allen Pedersen. The Riverside...
05/08/2015
Crookston’s fledgling Riverside Community Garden is located in the 400 block of Riverside Drive near the Crookston Community Pool. The community garden contains 8 raised beds, 2 wheelchair accessible beds, a butterfly garden, perennial garden, corn patch, and more. Sponsorships for raised...
05/05/2015
A few community solar projects in Minneapolis are nearly ready for subscribers. Sundial Solar and Linden Hills Power and Light are finalizing contracts to install solar panels above the Linden Hills Co-op, Church of St. Thomas the Apostle on West 44th and Eureka Recycling in Northeast Minneapolis...
05/01/2015
The City of Chisholm hosted a meeting about the Minnesota GreenStep City program Wednesday at the Chisholm Senior Citizen Center. The city council adopted a resolution allowing the city to participate in the GreenStep City Program in February. City Building and Zoning Official Steve Erickson...
04/29/2015
The City of Chisholm will host a meeting about the Minnesota GreenStep City program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Chisholm Senior Citizen Center. The city council adopted a resolution allowing the city to participate in the GreenStep City Program in February. City Building and Zoning...
04/25/2015
Seven years ago, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation establishing the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program to provide a series of sustainable development best practices. Using the best practices, local governments such as cities could focus on opportunities to reduce energy use and...

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