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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...
04/02/2012
Excerpt: WORTHINGTON – On a trip through southwest Minnesota, Sen. Al Franken stopped in at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington Campus, Monday afternoon to talk about programs used to help retrofit businesses for energy efficiency. “Energy efficiency creates jobs,”...
03/25/2012
To help consumers, a St. Paul-based environmental group has developed a simplified two-page lighting guide. The Clean Energy Resource Teams or CERTs calls it their “Right Light Guide.” It uses a few simple graphics to show the kinds of bulbs – LED, CFL, halogen and incandescent – and how much...
03/22/2012
Excerpt: If you think that going green means emptying your wallet by replacing all the old energy inefficient systems in your building, the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis has news for you: it doesn’t. The church has been going green since January 2010, but last year they really...
03/19/2012
Excerpt: The Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers are striving to concoct the right recipe for rural economic development and energy independence. Their test kitchen is the small Renville County community of Franklin, population 475. A system designed to use fuel pellets produced from farm-grown...
03/10/2012
Excerpt: Launched in 2003 as a state organization, the CERTs project started when the Minnesota Department of Commerce saw how much the state was spending on importing energy. Now a state entity associated with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, CERTs partners with businesses and community...
03/09/2012
Article: WILLMAR — Willmar will participate in a statewide citizen-driven program that focuses on local government opportunities to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases. The Minnesota GreenStep program provides cost-effective sustainable development best practices in the categories of...
02/23/2012
Excerpt: Whether you are a sophomore thinking about living off campus, a junior or senior trying to wise up about living off campus, or even a freshman who cannot help but dream about living off campus, this list of tips about moving off-campus can help you start thinking about plans for next year...
02/21/2012
Article: It’s hard to miss the development of renewable energy at the University of Minnesota campus in Morris. There are now two, 1.6-megawatt wind generators towering over the prairie and cranking out enough kilowatts to provide 60 percent of the electrical needs on campus. A heating system...

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