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06/04/2012
After helping pilot the program over the past few years, St. Louis Park on Monday officially became a GreenStep City. Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality of life goals. It is based on 28...
05/30/2012
Note: Garden Fresh Farms powers their operation in part with solar PV panels on their roof, and Metro CERT will be planning a tour of the facility during the summer in 2012. Stay tuned for more details! Excerpt: Lettuce grows on walls and basil sprouts inside large rotating cylinders at Garden...
05/25/2012
From Earth Day 2012 to Earth Day 2013, two Minnesota families and hundreds of their teammates are competing in the Family Energy Face-Off to see who can save more energy. This new community-based energy competition has been launched in a partnership between the Minnesota based Clean Energy Resource...
05/23/2012
Biomass project developers in Minnesota have until July 2 to submit applications for funding through the Clean Energy Resource Team’s grant request for proposals. The grants are designed to provide financial assistance for both energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in need of technical...
05/16/2012
Excerpt: Chosen as a project because of its public use and higher profile, the solar thermal heat now part of the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport is hoped to be a model for renewable energy at work. The project was made possible by Region 5 Development Commission, the Initiative Foundation, U.S....
05/16/2012
Excerpt: Grand Rapids has taken another step to go green. After hearing a presentation during the work session preceding the regularly council meeting Monday, the Grand Rapids City Council unanimously approved a resolution to participate in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. The resolution...
05/03/2012
Excerpt: FRAZEE, Minn. — Dallas Flynn wraps his jacket tighter against the cold spring breeze as he walks from his house to his solar heated high tunnel. Once inside, he quickly takes off the coat, grabs a brush and wipes at flowers as he pollinates a fruit tree. He’s working with other fruit...
04/26/2012
Excerpt: As Minnesotans took part in Earth Day events over the weekend, many took time to look at the impact they are having on the environment. I encourage everyone to do the same. Earth Day’s founder, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, once said, “Our goal is not just an environment of clean air...
04/16/2012
Excerpt: If you own a small business—especially one with a warehouse, manufacturing plant or other facilities—odds are the energy usage of your buildings is among the last things on your mind day to day. After all, once lights, boilers and HVAC equipment are installed, all that’s...
04/03/2012
Excerpt: Students living off campus may wish to buy organic everything and put LED bulbs in every lighting fixture in their house, but as college students, few people have the disposable incomes to do so. However, that does not mean that living in an environmentally conscious and inexpensive way is...

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