About

Mission & Focus Areas

Our mission is to connect individuals and communities in Minnesota to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects.

Our Approach

We're having an impact across Minnesota

How We Work

We Have Teams In Every Part of Minnesota

 

Staff:

Melissa Birch
Central CERT Coordinator
218-866-2338
melissa@cleanenergyresourceteams.org
 

Steering Committee:

  • Erica Bjelland, Region Five Development Commission
  • Sara Boots, 8th Fire Solar
  • Jon Fabre, Otter Tail Power Company
  • Sarah Hayden Shaw, Creative Energy Services
  • Dan Josephson, MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership
  • Shirley Nordrum, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Emily Reno, West Central Initiative Foundation
  • Quinn Swanson, Happy Dancing Turtle and Hunt Utilities Group
  • Luan Thomas-Brunkhorst, Long Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Allison Uselman, Todd Wadena Electric Cooperative
  • Phoebe Ward, City of Little Falls
  • Molly Zins, U of M Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
 
 

Staff:

Diana McKeown
Metro CERT Director
612-278-7158
dmckeown@gpisd.net

Steering Committee:

  • Marisa Bayer, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Stacy Boots Camp, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Carmen Carruthers, Citizens Utility Board
  • Ralph Dickinson, Michaels Energy
  • Gardyartu M. Freeman, student
  • Leah Hiniker, Hennepin County
  • Jennifer McLoughlin, City of Woodbury
  • Yvonne Pfeifer, Xcel Energy
  • Bill Sierks, Retired Environmental Manager & Attorney
  • Erin Smith, City of Carver
  • John Suzukida, Shoreview Environment Quality Committee
  • Anders Thulin, Siemens
  • Mateo Trujillo, Sierra Club
  • Eric Wojchik, Metropolitan Council
 
 

Staff:

Colby Abazs
Northeast CERT Coordinator
218-353-1448
colby@cleanenergyresourceteams.org
 

Steering Committee:

  • David Abazs, U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
  • Brian Bluhm, Northeast Statewide Health Improvement Program – Healthy Northland
  • Jessy Carlson, Cook County Local Energy Project
  • Jim DeVries, Laurentian Environmental Learning Center, YES!
  • Katie Frye, Minnesota Power
  • Peter Harris, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
  • Vince Meyer, Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency
  • Yusef Orest, Minnesota Power
  • Craig Wainio, City of Mountain Iron
 
 

Staff:

Shannon Stassen
Northwest CERT Coordinator
218-281-8693
sstassen@umn.edu
 

Steering Committee:

  • Erika Adams, Biologist and Translator
  • Bob Backman, active community member
  • David Bahr, 3Suns Research
  • Anna Carlson, Bemidji State University
  • Katy Chapman, University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Ashley Charwood, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Roger Garton, Otter Tail Power Company
  • Linda Kingery, UM Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
  • Donald Martodam, Northern Municipal Power Agency
  • Shannon Mortenson, City of Warren
  • Michael Triplett, White Earth Reservation Tribal Council
 
 

Staff:

Chris Meyer
Southeast CERT Coordinator
507-454-2691
chris@cleanenergyresourceteams.org

Steering Committee:

  • Briana Baker, Energy Efficiency Auditor
  • Jennyffer Barrientos, Growing Up Healthy (Northfield)
  • Kevin Bright, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency
  • Anne Dybsetter, UMN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
  • Jared Hendricks, Owatonna Public Utilities
  • John Howard, City of Winona
  • Rich Huelskamp, Sun’s Warmth
  • Micah Johnson, Solar Connection
  • Beth Kallestad, City of Northfield
  • Kelly Lady, Austin Utilities
  • Natalia Marchand, Growing Up Healthy (Faribault)
  • Leigh Pomeroy, Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council
  • Anna Richey, Conservation Minnesota
  • Ray Schmitz, Olmsted CERT
  • Paul Uecker, Farmer
  • Roger Wacek, Independent Contractor
 
 

Staff:

Jason Walker
Southwest CERT Coordinator
507-836-1642
jasonw@swrdc.org
 

Steering Committee:

  • Jon Beckman, Federated Electric
  • Xander Carney, member at large
  • Anne Dybsetter, UMN Regional Sustainable Development Partnersips
  • Tracey Haberman, Nobles Cooperative Electric
  • Jim Haler, South Central Electric
  • Al Kruse, member at large
  • Eric (Rathman) L’Abbé, UMN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Energy Committee
  • Laura Malwitz, Siemens Energy & Environmental Solutions
  • Gary Overgaard, Rock County Commissioner, RMEB
  • Rose Patzer, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Paul Pierson, Small Business Development Center Minnesota
  • Vince Robinson, Development Services, Inc.
  • Harold Stanislawski, Agriculture Utilization and Research Institute
  • Jeffery Veerkamp, Brown County Commissioner, RMEB
  • Don Wachal, Jackson County Commissioner, RMEB
  • Dan Wildermuth, Pipestone County Commissioner, RMEB
 
 

Staff:

Jacob Selseth
West Central CERT Coordinator
612-801-7955
jacob@cleanenergyresourceteams.org

Steering Committee:

  • Eric Buchanan, UMN West Central Research and Outreach Center
  • Anne Dybsetter, UMN SW Regional Sustainable Development Partnership Director
  • Shelli-Kae Foster, Youth Energy Summit (YES!)
  • Troy J. Goodnough, University of Minnesota Morris
  • John Paulson, City of Hutchinson
  • Leroy Petersen, Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission
  • Bob Ryan, European Energy Connections
  • Connie Schmoll, Kandiyohi County & Willmar Economic Development Commission
  • Dan Tepfer, Kandiyohi Power Cooperative
 

We Help Guide Your Clean Energy Projects

We Offer Outreach &
Education Opportunities

 
  1. Events
    Upcoming tours, workshops, webinars, conferences, and more to help you learn and get connected.
  2. Tools & Guides
    Resources by topic and technology to help you understand your options and move projects forward.
  3. Storytelling
    Read stories about people from across Minnesota who are building a clean energy future in their communities.
  4. Job Board
    Find your next opportunity in Minnesota's quickly growing clean energy industry.
 

Downloads

CERTs Factsheet
CERTs Region Map
2019 Annual Report
2020 Annual Report