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03/01/2015
Power Up Winona-Community Solar received a $3,500 Southeast Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) seed grant in 2014 to review and evaluate the role Winona-area nonprofits and institutions can play in successfully developing a community solar project. The long-term goal of the group, to establish a 1...
02/27/2015
What does the word “sustainability” mean for our community? What actions can we take to make our community more resilient to environmental and economic challenges we might face? These are questions the Bemidji Sustainability Committee convenes each month to address. Through the years...
02/27/2015
Nisswa received 14 applications for the planning and zoning administrator position. Interviews are scheduled next week. In the meantime, the city is contracting with the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples for planning and zoning services on a contractual basis for up to three months...
02/27/2015
In other business Feb. 18, the council agreed to continue with the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program, which the city has been a part of since 2012. This is a free, voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve sustainability and qualify-of-life goals. The planning...
02/20/2015
To the editor: What wonderful news from St. Olaf that it, like Carleton, Malt-o-Meal, and others in town, now has a carbon-neutral energy plan. Ordinary citizens can join in reducing their carbon footprint and help produce clean, renewable energy right here in Northfield through a community solar...
02/17/2015
The shape of what might be called the community solar garden industry in Minnesota has begun to form. Many of the state’s power cooperatives already have solar gardens up and running or being actively marketed. Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards Community Program received more than 400 applications...
02/11/2015
The City of Crookston is officially poised to embrace the Minnesota GreenStep Cities philosophy after the city council’s Ways & Means Committee this week unanimously approved a resolution establishing Crookston as a “GreenStep One” community. The full council will consider the...
02/06/2015
Falcon Heights, the suburb north of St. Paul that’s home of the Minnesota State Fair, is one of more than 90 cities across the state that are part of the Minnesota Pollution Control’s GreenStep Cities program. Mayor Peter Lindstrom joined MPR News’ Tom Crann to discuss what his...
02/05/2015
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – The sun is fueling a growing industry in Minnesota as solar energy output has doubled in the last two years. But is it the right time to consider buying in? Is it worth your money? The short answer: It depends. John and Jill Kaiser of Brooklyn Park installed their new 6...
01/15/2015
Crookston, Minn. Could Crookston become the next Minnesota GreenStep City? If DeAndra O’Connell of the University of Minnesota Crookston Center for Sustainability has anything to say about it, it could happen. O’Connell plans to approach the Crookston City Council and Ways...

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