Metro Region


Metro CERT empowers communities and their members to adopt energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and practices for their homes, businesses, and local institutions.
Contact us today to begin building your community’s clean energy future!
Read about the communities we’ve worked with.

Our Regional Goals:

  • Provide organizing support to help local clean energy efforts get off the ground
  • Connect efforts with existing technical and financial resources
  • Encourage collaboration among groups planning community-based projects
  • Help the State of Minnesota achieve its energy efficiency and renewable energy goals

We help communities…

  • Select projects to achieve community energy goals
  • Identify funding, technical assistance, and expertise
  • Connect to peer communities that have completed successful projects
  • Plan workshops, events, and trainings on energy topics
  • Share project stories through case studies and blog posts
  • Complete energy actions as part of the GreenStep Cities program
  • Enroll in Minnesota’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Program
  • Obtain project funding through CERTs Seed Grants

Learn more:
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Metro Contact

Diana McKeown
Metro CERT Director
The Great Plains Institute
Email, 612-278-7158

Trevor Drake
Metro CERT Coordinator
The Great Plains Institute
Email, 612-767-7291

Project Independence Solar PV Dedication at Chisago Lakes Middle School

Recent Blog Posts

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Maple Grove
Joel Haskard
Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:37pm
Our old friend Carl Samuelson, Energy Strategy Facilitator with Michaels Energy, recently brought to our attention the great energy efficiency work by management and staff at the Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Maple Grove. To learn more, we interviewed Carl and the hotel’s General Manager,...
Attendees discuss our energy future
Lissa Pawlisch
Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:39pm
During the month of October, 2015, folks in Mankato, Staples, and Grand Rapids had a chance to share their input on the Minnesota 2025 Energy Action Plan. CERTs hosted these three events (as well as an event in St. Paul) to gather feedback, with attendees participating in small group discussions...
Residents at Minneapolis community solar garden workshop
Lissa Pawlisch
Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:03am
It was obvious walking into the packed Mayflower Church community room on Thursday, November 12th that residents in South Minneapolis are curious about community solar gardens—there were barely any chairs left in the large room.   Overview of presentations: Attendees learned...

Metro Case Studies

All of us, at some point in life, were stuck indoors on a beautiful day, and wished we could be outside. As kids, we’ve daydreamed about our teacher...
Saint Paul Energy Coordinator Jim Giebel knows the importance of saving energy for a city government. He oversees the energy usage of over 160 city...
Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...

Metro Steering Committee

  • Stacy Boots Camp, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Michelle Gransee-Bowman, Division of Energy Resources, Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Sean Goswieski, Alliance for Sustainability
  • Tony Hainault, Hennepin County – Metropolitan Energy Policy Coalition (MEPC)
  • Jen Hassebroek, City of Oakdale
  • Paul Hoff, Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative (MAGI)
  • Jennifer McLoughlin, City of Woodbury
  • Philipp Muessig, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Yvonne Pfeifer, Xcel Energy
  • Joseph (Joe) Steffel, Utilities Director with the City of Buffalo
  • Billy Weber, Center for Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota

Volunteer & Get Involved

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CERTs Supported Projects

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CERTs awards Seed Grants to community groups for energy efficiency and clean energy projects and we’re currently accepting applications! See projects or learn more about grants.

Metro Community Groups

Use our map of local community organizations to connect with a group in your part of the state! Explore map.

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The Great Plains Institute
Metro CERT is a program of The Great Plains Institute

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