Looking back on a successful 2018 CERTs Conference

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Photos from the 2018 CERTs Conference

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 Conference. Communities, organizations, and individuals showed up to figure out how they can get projects done, save money, and be part of Minnesota’s fastest growing jobs sector.

See photos from the event:
2018 CERTs Conference

 

Conference presentations available for download

 
The 2018 CERTs Conference featured 80 speakers who shared their experience and expertise. Their presentations are now available so you can see what you missed or review something that you found really interesting and useful. See presentations >>

Download Presentations
 

Communities honored for clean energy efforts

 
Seven Minnesota communities are recipients of the 2018 Clean Energy Community Awards from Minnesota Department of Commerce. This year’s awards, given out March 28th at the CERTs Conference, honor clean energy initiatives in the Town of Crystal Bay, City of Edina, Hennepin County, Minnesota State University Mankato, City of Red Wing, City of Warren, and Sustain Winona. Learn more >>

Clean Energy Community Award winners
 

Photo booth fun!

 
There was a fun green screen photo booth at the 2018 CERTs Conference featuring clean energy locations across Minnesota, from solar farms to the tippy top of a large wind turbine. Check out all of the photos >>
Photo booth pictures at 2018 CERTs Conference
 

What did people think about the conference?

 
We felt like the conference went well, but it’s always nice to get some honest feedback. Here’s what attendees had to say about it:

  • 98% of respondents (254) thought the conference was good or excellent
  • 98% felt that the new clean energy documentary was good or excellent
  • The Exhibit Hall was wildly popular with 93% rating it good or excellent
  • 85% of respondents thought the Lightning Talks were good or excellent
  • 82% definitely want to attend the 2020 CERTs conference, but hopefully we’ll see you before then!
  • Networking, breakouts, exhibits, and conversations were really valuable. Here’s a word cloud showing what people wrote when asked about the most valuable part of the CERTs Conference:

What part of the CERTs Conference was most valuable to you?
 

Also, did you lose your glasses?

 
Because even though these make us look really smart, they aren’t ours. Let us know if you left a pair of glasses at the CERTs Conference and we’ll get them to you!
Lost Glasses

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