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Dan Thiede
05/21/2008 - 11:00am
Dan Thiede live-blogs this session at the Minnesota Green Communities third annual statewide GREEN BY DESIGN Conference. View all conference presentations here. Presenters: Brad Kruse, Weis Builders (Contractor) | Gretchen Camp, BKV Group (Architect) | Heather Gay, Kandiyohi Development Partners (Consultant) | Joel Salzer, Lutheran Social Service of MN (Owner) The panel uses their recent building project at 24th and Park in the Phillips West Neighborhood of South Minneapolis, the new Park Avenue Apartments and the...
Blowing cellulose insulation into an attic after air sealing
Phil Smith
05/19/2008 - 3:31pm
Phil Smith, Energy Specialist at the Minnesota Division of Energy Resources, MN Department of Commerce, answers a question from a Southeastern Minnesota resident preparing to re-shingle her roof. The Question “I’m adding insulation to the attic of an older farmhouse and am getting conflicting advise regarding the need to insure adequate ventilation in the attic or develop an envelope in the attic that supposedly removes the need to provide adequate ventilation. I will be re-shingling the roof next year and read that the shingle warranties require adequate attic ventilation. What do you recommend? Thanks for whatever help you can provide.” The Answer   The very first measure that should be presented to you really is one of air sealing the attic. Air leakage from within the home is the single largest source of...
Diana McKeown
05/15/2008 - 11:05am
  For the Twin Cities Bike Walk Week, the Phillips Eco-Enerprise Center hosted a breakfast on their green rooftop, delighting even the vegans with a spread of tofu scramble, caramel rolls, breakfast burritos, pancakes, fruit, Peace Coffee, and juices. This was the best attended bike/walk event in Minneapolis! A total of 120 people came to share breakfast and chat on the roof—116 bikers and 4 walkers. They came from as close as a half mile and as far as 26 miles! Many who were just on their way to work were brought in by a sidewalk chalk sign on the Midtown Greenway! Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak even made the party and stayed for about a...
Dan Thiede
05/09/2008 - 11:04am
There is a buzz right now in MN about land leases for wind development   We have compiled a few resources so that you know what is going on, and what you need to know before you sign. If you are going to make a decision, make it an educated one! Attend upcoming CERT meetings in Northwest, Southeast, and West Central MN on this topic! Land lease offers for wind development have some saying beware – Worthington Daily Globe 5/9/08 “WINDOM — A San Francisco, California-based company working to get landowners to sign lease agreements for potential wind development has some local...
Dan Thiede
04/28/2008 - 6:50pm
Welcome to the completely redesigned CERTs site!   HISTORY   Since 2003 the Clean Energy Resource Teams Web site has played a key role in our mission to connect people with the technical resources needed to identify and implement community-scale energy efficiency and clean energy projects. The site is accessed daily by Minnesotans from all walks of life, people across the US, and even international audiences—it engages on average 25,000 unique visitors every year. NEW FEATURES   All of our informational and educational resources are still available, but we have added multiple new features that we hope you and your community members will appreciate: ► This Get Answers Blog where CERTs staff and friends will share up-to-date news and information ► A Donate to Projects service...
Diana McKeown
04/18/2008 - 12:22am
The Metro CERTs Network Kick-off on April 15th was attended by over 200 people, from elected officials to community members—and everyone in between! It was held at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul, where the main room was buzzing with conversation. There was good energy, and many great connections made. “It was a very well done get together and I think very beneficial to everyone. You did a great job,” said Ruth Keely. Brian Flanagan felt much the same way: “Great venue last night. Good group of people—excellent for networking. The Food was outstanding; I hope you have more get togethers!” We even dubbed the King and Queen of networking, Beth Bennett and John Dunlop. Others also sent encouraging words after the event: “I just wanted to again extend my congratulations on...
Rin Porter
02/27/2008 - 12:30pm
The Duluth Energy Design Conference held February 26 and 27, 2008, at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, offered 27 sessions per day for conference attendees to learn a vast array of green building techniques, small business practices, alternative energy technologies, construction financing methods, and storm water management principles. One speaker told audience members how to calculate their carbon footprints, and then once the footprint is known, how to reduce it. Kevin Coleman of Madison Environmental Group, Madison, Wisconsin, gave a comprehensive presentation that included an overview...

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