CERTs 2007: Local Energy/Local Opportunities

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Thanks to all who participated in the 2nd Clean Energy Resource Teams Conference, Local Energy/Local Opportunities, in St. Cloud in January 2007!

 
Sponsors | Exhibitors | Steering Committee | Agenda & Presentations

The conference was a huge success. Over 400 people came together on both days. Participants represented people from all walks of life – local governments, schools, universities, business people, farmers and farm group members, members of environmental groups, retirees, and more.

Highlights included keynote speakers Alexis Karolides from Rocky Mountain Institute and WCCO’s Don Shelby, 15 different breakout sessions, and a legislative forum hosted by MPR’s Kerri Miller. Participants gave high marks to the conference overall and to each of the speakers and breakout sessions. Click here to see the conference agenda overview. The event was widely reported in state newspapers, radio, and internet blogs (CERTs in the News).

Conference proceedings are available on the conference presentations page.

2007 Conference Crowd

Sponsors

 
Major Funders
The Blandin Foundation
Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

Hospitality Sponsor
Center for Energy and Environment

Platinum Sponsors
Community Wind Development Group
Great River Energy
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Otter Tail Power Company
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
Southwest Initiative Foundation
Winkelman’s Environmentally Responsible Construction

Refreshment Sponsor
Fresh Energy

Gold Sponsors
ECONAR
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Minnesota Power
Windustry

Silver Sponsors
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
The Green Institute
The Izaak Walton League
Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Minnesota Green Communities
Schools for Energy Efficiency
University of Minnesota Extension Service
University of Minnesota – West Central Research & Outreach Center

Exhibitors

 
American Lung Association of Minnesota
American Sustainable Energy Council
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
Center for Energy and the Environment
Community Wind Development Group
Eco Heat, Inc.
ECONAR Energy Systems, Corp.
Fond du Lac Community College – Clean Energy Technical Department
Fresh Energy
Great River Energy
Green Range Renewable Energy
The Green Institute
Happy Dancing Turtle
The Izaak Walton League
Kingbuilt.com, Inc.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Midwest Wind Energy Finance
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Minnesota Green Communities
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Minnesota Power
Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
Otter Tail Power
Schools for Energy Efficiency
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
Southwest Initiative Foundation
University of Minnesota Extension Service
University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment
University of Minnesota – West Central Research & Outreach Center
USDA Rural Development
USPIRG
Windustry
Winkelman’s Environmentally Responsible Construction

State Energy Office's Phil Smith

Steering Committee

 
Central Region
Norm Krause, Minnesota Rural Electric Association
Sue Peterson, Sustainable Farming Association of Central MN

Metro Region
Cole McVay, Windustry
John Hamerlinck, Minnesota Campus Compact
Karen Anderson, American Sustainable Energy Council
Sarah Johnson, Windustry

Northeast Region
Larry Nelson, Onanegozie RC&D Council
Lauri Isaacson, Northeast CERT

Northwest Region
Dan Boyce, East Grand Forks Utilities
Jim Steenerson, Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Southeast Region
Kristen Eide-Tollefson, SE CERT
Norman Erickson, SE CERT

Southwest Region
Dennis Timmerman, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

West Central Region
Bob Ryan, Renville County
Denny Jarosch, West Central
Duaine Flanders, Innovative Ventures
Marvin Rothfusz, PREACT – McLoud County

CERTs Staff
Joel Haskard, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Lucy Rahn, The Minnesota Project
Melissa Pawlisch, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Mike Taylor, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Annette Bair, Southwest Regional Development Commission

Minnesotans building a clean energy future

         

    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission