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08/05/2015
AUSTIN, Minn. – The Southeast Clean Energy Resource Team or SE CERT held a showcase in Austin on Wednesday. They highlighted what the city is doing when it comes to energy efficiency and renewables. One could say Austin is leading the charge when it comes to green/clean technologies, like a...
08/04/2015
Green doesn’t just happen. It takes hard work and collaboration to make truly smart environmental steps. So, when the University of Minnesota’s Clean Energy Resource Team was looking for a place to hold an educational conference on eco-friendly programs, CERT chose Austin, a GreenStep...
07/29/2015
GreenStep Cities leader DeAndra O’Connell, along with City Administrator Shannon Stassen, presented a solar assessment to the Crookston City Council Ways & Means Committee this week. During the assessment, done by John Ruvelson of Real Solar Company out of Backus, Minnesota, he, along...
07/22/2015
Ygrene gets residential and commercial PACE Ygrene Energy Fund just completed a $150 million private securitization for property-assessed clean energy (PACE) bonds with a large insurance provider. For the first time, a PACE securitization combines both residential and commercial bonds and...
07/22/2015
Hermantown, MN — Another city in the Northland joined the sustainable pledge. Hermantown has passed resolutions to become a more green city. In this weeks Your Green Life Meteorologist Adam Lorch heads up the hill to see what Hermantown is up to. This year, Hermantown became yet another...
07/22/2015
The city of Oakdale’s initiatives to become more “green” received statewide recognition last month at the League of Minnesota Cities’ annual conference in Duluth. The League honored Oakdale with the 2015 Sustainable City Award in the award’s inaugural year for its “Generation Green Sustainability...
07/20/2015
At Daryl and Cindy Guentzel’s place, they have two solar panels that power the farm, which includes their home, grain dryer fans and welding shop where son Mike Guentzel operates Guentzel Trucking. “We don’t pay anything for electricity anymore. We get money back at the end of the year,” Mike...
07/15/2015
The City of Mankato is being recognized for environmentally friendly policies. The GreenStep Cities program is designed to help cities use fewer resources and save money. Recently, the city has changed traffic lights to use LED bulbs and started a composting site. Mankato was one of the...
07/15/2015
MANKATO, MINN. — The city of Mankato was recognized and honored for its continued participation in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. As one of 83 participating Minnesota cities, Mankato helps lead the way in sustainability efforts through implementation of best practices, focus on cost...
07/14/2015
The city of Cottage Grove wants to make its mark, and it’s doing that by reducing its carbon footprint. Last month, the city was honored for its continued efforts in creating a more sustainable, eco-friendly community by participating in the state’s GreenStep Cities program. Formed after the...

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