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09/06/2018
On Sept. 18, a film screening of the new documentary, “The Power of Minnesota,” will take place at Minnesota West Community and Technical College on the Canby campus. The film is a collection of stories and voices around Minnesota, highlighting the successes and benefits of renewable energy efforts...
09/01/2018
Building and executing a sustainability plan can be a daunting exercise, particularly for a city of fewer than 700 residents, with only one part-time and three full-time city staffers, that relies heavily on volunteers for getting projects completed. Still, when then-City Councilmember Mary...
08/22/2018
The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance of Backus and Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity teamed up to make clean energy and home ownership more affordable to a local Habitat for Humanity homeowner. The latest fruit of RREAL and Habitat’s budding partnership is Martin and Mary Jensen’s...
08/16/2018
Discussion was held at the Scandia City Council’s Aug. 1 work session about the city’s progress in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. As a Minnesota state initiative, the program encourages cities to implement environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. Scandia is currently a two-star...
08/07/2018
BEMIDJI — Several area businesses and organizations will host a Bemidji Solar Co-op information session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Drive NW. “Neighbors in Bemidji have formed a rooftop solar bulk purchase group, or ‘solar co-op,’ with...
08/01/2018
Local resident Carter Hedeen made a presentation asking that the city participate in the GreenStep Cities program. Mathisrud said the process would start with the city adopting a resolution to be a GreenStep City and start taking steps to “make the community more sustainable, or a greener...
07/27/2018
The City of New Brighton was recognized for advancing to become a Step 3 city in the GreenStep program at the League of Minnesota Cities annual conference. Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and...
07/26/2018
PLAINVIEW, Minn. — Is there something farmers have in abundance that they aren’t utilizing? Yes, say people who represent renewable energy. Acres of tree-free land stretch across the Minnesota farming landscape. At least a portion of those acres might be appropriate sites for panels to collect...
07/26/2018
In Minnesota, climate change means more flash floods from extreme rainfall events. Plus, a climate voice from the Leech Lake Reservation and New York’s plan to build a massive flood barrier. Paul Huttner talks with Laura Millberg with the MPCA about the GreenStep Cities program. Click play...
07/24/2018
The League of Minnesota Cities recognized Shoreview for its step four achievement in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program this summer. GreenStep Cities is a free, voluntary program designed to help Minnesota cities meet environmental sustainability goals through the implementation of 29 best...

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