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10/31/2016
Green Step Cities is a program that guides municipalities in pursuing sustainability and quality of life. The program provides information and guidance for best practices concerning buildings and lighting, land use, transportation, environmental management and economic and community development....
10/28/2016
A pair of presenters delivered information to the Mille Lacs County Board at its Oct. 18 meeting about a program the county can join in order to provide low-interest financing options to local businesses and organizations that make energy-efficiency improvements. Peter Lindstrom and Sarah Hayden...
10/24/2016
In downtown St. Paul the historic First National Bank Building and two neighboring properties have been collectively retrofitted with new heating, cooling and lighting technology paid for through the largest energy efficiency financing packages likely ever assembled in the country. The energy...
10/24/2016
As solar energy surges in popularity, the University is capitalizing on investing opportunities in clean energy. The Board of Regents approved the purchase of a 25-year subscription to a community solar garden at its last meeting. The acquisition will save the University up to $800,000 over the...
10/22/2016
St. Paul’s giant landmark 1st sign atop downtown’s historic First National Bank building will shine again — and be able to change colors — by about Nov. 10, a result of energy-efficiency renovations that were funded by a state financing program that is available to many Minnesota businesses. “...
10/20/2016
Minnesota will have to dramatically increase its 2015 solar capacity — by a factor of 171 — to reach a goal it set in 2013 to generate 10 percent of electricity from solar by 2030. Officials say integrating solar onto the existing grid will take some planning. The U.S. Department of Energy has...
10/19/2016
A local business went green and is saving some green through a state financing program. By using the Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE), qualifying business, non-profits, tenants and churches are able to make energy efficient and renewable energy updates to their buildings....
10/18/2016
How old is your furnace? The Clean Energy Resources Team of Minnesota says after 15 to 20 years — or 20 to 30 years for a boiler in a commercial space — those things we rely upon to stay warm in the winter are reaching the end of their useful lifespans. If your furnace is old and your gas bills...
10/11/2016
Click play below to listen to the story: Story transcript: Energy efficient LED lights that will soon replace the neon lights on the iconic First National Bank sign in downtown St. Paul are just the most visible part of a major overhaul that will shrink the city’s energy footprint....
10/05/2016
The numbers tell a bleak story when it comes to grocery stores and access to fresh, healthy food in rural Minnesota. More than 340,000 Minnesotans face both distance and income barriers to obtaining healthy, affordable food. Approximately 235,000 Minnesotans live more than 10 miles away from a...

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