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In 2005, students in Winona Senior High School’s environmental club were eager to start a project at their school that would be good for the environment, as well as fun and educational. They were tired of simply talking about cool technologies like wind and solar power and wanted to take action.
Happy campers abound now that a solar hot water system has been constructed on the roof of Recreation Park’s new shower house! Don Grant, a leader of the project explains: “The panels have eliminated complaints about losing hot water in the bathhouse. In the past, complaints were common during the 4th of July and the local Fisherman’s Picnic (...
In 2004, a group of clean energy supporters brought the idea of installing solar panels at the Two Harbors High School to the district’s school board. Initially, little support was shown and the idea was put on the back burner for about four years. After the school board elected new members there was more enthusiasm for the project.
What began as a daunting project three years ago has recently produced successful results. In 2009 the armory in Park Rapids, MN was unusable and considered a threat to the environmental health of the city and its inhabitants. Today it acts as a model for energy efficient technologies and responsible community development.
The City of Rogers, Minnesota has worked hard to encourage efficiency, reduce pollution, and save money with a variety of programs through its public works department. The Rogers Activity Center (RAC) is the second largest city building in Rogers and uses the most energy per square foot. Even though the building is relatively new—it was built in...
February is not only the start of the semester at Macalester College, but also the campus’ energy-themed month. Suzanne Savanick Hansen and her crew of sustainability students hit the ground running this winter with workshops and a host of new resources for the campus community.
This program was designed to combat the two key shortcoming of existing energy efficiency programming. They are: (1) the low level of implementation of energy-saving actions (found in both residential audits and strictly educational programs) and (2) the low number of participants in most conservation programs. To address poor implementation, the home...
Plenty of us have imagined the ideal sustainable community: Greenhouses attached to every house, growing your own fruits and vegetables, knowing our neighbors, and being able to take a short walk to shops and entertainment. Hunt Utilities Group (HUG) in Pine River, MN is trying to make the idea of resilient living a reality with a number of research...
West Central Minnesota has been the hub of much excitement with the beginning of the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) program, which engages teams of youth in action projects to literally put energy into our future. In Willmar, the high school YES! team took a particularly bold approach—fixing up an old greenhouse, heating it with renewable energy, and...
As residents of the Midwest know, the growing season is painfully short. When it’s twenty below, what else can you do besides go to the supermarket and buy tomatoes shipped from thousands of miles away? Whitewater Farms in Altura, Minnesota has found a solution. The farm, owned and operated by Sandy and Lonny Dietz, contains a geothermal greenhouse...

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