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We had a great response rate to the second annual survey of cities and tribal nations in the Minnesota GreenStep program. The number of cities and tribal nations responding to the survey improved four points over the inaugural survey. Read on for some highlights of the results!
Photos from the 2018 CERTs Conference
Lissa Pawlisch
Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:54pm
Over 500 Minnesotans attended the seventh statewide CERTs Conference, connecting to build a clean energy future in their communities! March 28-29 were two truly energizing days in St. Cloud, MN for the 2018 CERTs...
Seven communities won 2018 Clean Energy Community Awards
MN Dept. of Commerce
Tue, 04/03/2018 - 2:15pm
Seven Minnesota communities are recipients of the 2018 Clean Energy Community Awards coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), with financial support from the...
School solar installation in Minnesota | Photo by IPS Solar
Peter Lindstrom
Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:17pm
Recent publications point out that clean energy and schools might be the best combination since the first peanut butter and jelly sandwich made it into a school lunchbox! But seriously, utility spending in our...
Rochester Recreation Center received massive energy upgrades
Peter Lindstrom
Wed, 03/07/2018 - 2:55pm
Aging buildings often use a lot of unnecessary electricity, and two key facilities in Rochester—Rochester Recreation Center and Mayo Civic Center—had many opportunities for energy savings. This case study...

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in Mountain Iron
The Iron Range Earth Fest is celebrating 10 years in 2018! Earth Fest, hosted by the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability, is a celebration of local traditions and practical resources for sustainable living in NE...
in Saint Paul
9:00am to 3:00pm
Join KidWind and our pals at Macalester College for the 2018 Minnesota Renewable Energy Challenge. The KidWind Challenge is the ultimate wind energy learning experience for students. Find out how middle- and high-school...
in Rochester
10:00am to 5:00pm
The Expo is the signature event of the 7-day EarthFest celebration. Expo Events: • Emcees: John Marshall students • 12:30pm Keynote speaker: MPR’s Amy Cole “Water. Simple. Almost free.” • Speaker Series/Educational...
in Minneapolis
Come celebrate Earth Day close to home! Get sustainable living tips and resources from local organizations, businesses, and zero-waste bloggers. Join your neighbors in Lyndale going green, no matter where you are on your...
in Red Wing
Come see an array of electric vehicles, talk with their owners, and learn about EV charging options!

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Switch to Efficient Light Bulbs

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Use this updated guide to find the right lights and learn more about lighting options. Start finding the right lights >>

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Dairy Energy Efficiency Program
Groups can conduct fundraisers with energy and water saving products in collaboration with their utilities. Learn more >>

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