Northwest Region

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Northwest CERT empowers communities and their members to adopt energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices. Join us!

 
Goals:

  • Increase energy awareness and action by fostering cross-sector communication and collaboration
  • Build stronger connections and relationships with local utilities
  • Advance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at colleges and universities
  • Support development of the regional biomass industry

Efforts:

  • Supporting efforts to utilize solar thermal transpired air at campuses as a pre-heat to intake air
  • Convening a region-wide forum that explores opportunities for students, faculty, administrators and their neighboring communities to collaborate on clean energy projects
  • Exploring opportunities to utilize biomass energy sources for smaller-scale heating alternatives

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Northwest Contact

Chris May
Chris May
Northwest CERT Coordinator, UMN RSDP
Email, 218-473-2138

Solar-powered bus shelter at Bemidji State University

Northwest Case Studies

Director and Instructor of the Center for Renewable Energy Education & Demonstration, Roger Aiken recently took some time to sit down with CERTs...
TPD: July 8 – 14; NEEDS PDF The bright lights along Highway 2 in Crookston, Minnesota are sure to stand out to anyone passing through....
In the small town of Gonvick, Minnesota, the Clear Waters Life Center has revitalized an old building and with it, a community. When the schools of...

Northwest Community Projects

These projects emerged from the 2013 CERTs Conference and are open to community involvement. Click on a project to learn more or see all projects statewide.

Examine LED lights powered by solar energy. Ideally, local manufacturers and distributors would be...
Conduct a feasibility study on the UMN Crookston Campus for solar transpired air systems on campus...
Research and implement solar-transpired air at Bemidji area schools (university, high school,...
Research and implement using used cooking oil to produce biodiesel to power diesel engines.

Recent Blog Posts

Langmo Bros Farm with new LED lighting
Alexis Troschinetz
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:03pm
Two federal funding programs are on the near horizon for turkey producers and other farmers to access funds to make energy upgrades on Minnesota farms. See below for more info on each of the programs, as well as an opportunity through the Clean Energy Resource Teams to get help navigating each of...
Small businesses, municipalities, churches, and schools in Minnesota can contact RETAP to request a free audit and get suggestions for reducing their environmental impact and costs.
Joel Haskard
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:05pm
The Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) employs skilled, retired professionals to provide facility assessments and community sustainability assistance to small businesses, institutions, and communities in Minnesota. Recommendations may be simple behavior changes,...
With AmeriCorps member Joan Van Grinsven at the helm, the city has reengaged with B3 Benchmarking in the past year and is making improvements based on the results.
Joel Haskard
Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:24am
The story from Lake Crystal shows that leadership must not necessarily come from the top; interns can do a great deal of directing positive change in a city. With AmeriCorps member Joan Van Grinsven at the helm, the city has reengaged with B3 Benchmarking in the past year and is making improvements...

Northwest Steering Committee

  • Paul Aakre, UM Crookston Faculty
  • Bonnie Abel, East Grand Forks Water and Light Department
  • David Bahr, Bemidji State University
  • Anna Carlson, Energy Consultant
  • Jason Carlson, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
  • Roger Garton, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
  • Linda Kingery, UM Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
  • Diana Kuklinski, environmental health specialist
  • Chris May, New Horizon Resort & Lodge
  • Mike Moore, Thief River Falls Community Development

Northwest CERT Operating Procedures

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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.

Northwest Community Groups


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More Resources for the Northwest Region

 
Strategic Energy Plan: Each regional team spent considerable time mapping regional energy use and identifying clean energy opportunities in its Regional Strategic Energy Plan. Read all the details on the Regional Plans page.

County Renewable Energy Inventories: The goal of these inventories is to match up local renewable energy sources with local energy demand and lessen the reliance on non-local, non-renewable energy. Click here to learn more. Click on a link below to download the inventory for your county.