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04/29/2014
If you’re still feeling the financial sting of the huge spike in propane and fuel oil costs following Minnesota’s brutally cold winter, it may be time to think about investing in an alternative heating option. Sarah Hayden, Central Clean Energy Resource Team coordinator, said spring is the best...
04/22/2014
Duluth, MN (KDAL) – The City of Duluth is looking to take some green steps in recognition of Earth Day. On Tuesday city officials announced that Duluth will participate in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program. The initiative aims to help cities achieve their sustainability goals. By...
04/16/2014
Wilkes, GM co-chair of MN Greenstep Cities, to talk about the program and what it means for changing Grand Marais towards sustainability. Wilkes goes in depth on how sustainability deals with social and economic concerns as well as environmental ones, and how to get involved with GreenStep....
04/09/2014
ST. CLOUD — Local businesses are looking at options to make their companies more energy efficient. Today (Wednesday) business leaders met at St. Cloud City Hall for the 2014 St. Cloud Area Green Forum. Presentations were giving by Saint Paul Port Authority and the Clean Energy Resource Teams to...
04/07/2014
St. Louis Park, where new apartment and condo buildings sprout like weeds, may become home to a far more unusual development: a community powered by organic waste. Developer Chris Velasco of Minneapolis-based PLACE wants to build a community of apartments, studios and work spaces at the former...
04/06/2014
WILLMAR, Minn. – Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) can greatly reduce the number of bulbs a livestock or grain farmer has to change. Switching to LEDs or CFLs means many less trips up a ladder and reaching at unusual angles to budge a bulb loose and put in a...
04/03/2014
Solar panels, vegetation and buzzing bees could all appear on Southeast Como roofs this summer. The Southeast Como Improvement Association received a $3,000 grant from Clean Energy Resource Teams, or CERTs, to survey all of the unused flat roof space in the neighborhood and Mid-City Industrial...
04/03/2014
Waseca County could soon be home to a new source of renewable energy. The Public Utilities Commission on March 27 gave the green light for a proposal from Edina-based Geronimo Energy to build 20 large solar power arrays across the state, including one just outside of Waseca city limits set to be...
04/01/2014
The market for vegetables grown by greenhouse producers appears poised to grow as consumer demand for fresh produce continues to climb. But how to sustain such enterprises, in cold-weather climates has been, for the most part, an impractical and near-impossible business challenge. However, that...
03/26/2014
SLAYTON — Potential savings of at least $2,000 are inspiring the city of Slayton to “go green.” The city of Slayton and Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton are among 34 businesses and organizations awarded Seed Grants as part of Minnesota’s Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERT) to catalyze energy...

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