Clean Energy Community Awards Application

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The Clean Energy Community Awards are an acknowledgment of the work done by Minnesota communities to further the state’s clean energy goals by implementing planning, programs, policies, and technologies that encourage energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy generation.


The awards are given in two categories, Achievement and Planning.

  • Achievement Awards: Given to up to five Minnesota communities, the CECA Achievement awards acknowledge the work that communities have had in place in the previous year that demonstrates progress towards reaching the state’s clean energy goals. Designed to showcase and support the efforts of Minnesota’s communities, the Achievement awards also encourage a network of communications for sharing of best practices among communities from around the state. The up to five winners will receive their awards during a ceremony at the CERTs Conference on March 28 in St. Cloud and invited to present about their efforts during a session the same afternoon.
  • Planning Awards: Given to up to three Minnesota communities, the CECA Planning awards seek to provide support and resources for communities that are at the beginning to intermediate stages of working towards the state’s clean energy goals. Designed to encourage the implementation of planned projects, the Planning awards will provide feedback to successful applicants as well as connect communities with a variety of clean energy resources. The up to three winners will receive their awards during a ceremony at the CERTs Conference on March 28 in St. Cloud.
  • Community Clean Energy Art Contest: Additionally, applicants to either the Achievement or Planning awards are invited to submit original and creative visual images as representations of clean energy in their community. Selected images will be displayed at the CERTs Conference on March 28 in St. Cloud, and in the Eco Experience at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair.
     

Benefits

Achievement award recipient communities will receive:

  • Recognition at the Clean Energy Award ceremony at the CERTs (Clean Energy Resources Team) Conference March 28, 2018 in St. Cloud, MN: Communities will receive 5 free registrations for the day of the presentation; and Community representatives will be invited to share their successes through a panel discussion and poster session.
  • Statewide media coverage including press packets for distribution to local media outlets.
  • Achievement Award suitable for public display.
  • Recognition in the 2018 Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • Web recognition on Commerce and CERTs website.

Planning award recipient communities will receive:

  • Recognition at the Clean Energy Award ceremony at the CERTs (Clean Energy Resources Team) Conference March 28, 2018 in St. Cloud, MN: Communities will receive 5 free registrations for the day of the presentation; and Community representatives will be invited to learn from the successful Achievement award recipients through a panel discussion, poster session, and overview workshop.
  • A site visit to the community by representatives from Commerce and other organizations to evaluate existing plans and facilitate implementation of initiatives through connections to resources.
  • Statewide media coverage including press packets for distribution to local media outlets.
  • Planning Award suitable for public display.
  • Recognition in the 2018 Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • Web recognition on Commerce and CERTs website.
     

Eligibility

  • Communities: Can consist of any group formed to implement clean energy goals. Units of government (city, county, tribal nation, school district, military unit, or other jurisdiction) must be a core member, but coalitions that include nonprofits, service organizations, and businesses will strengthen the application.
  • Timing: Planning initiatives must be active during 2017 and Achievement initiatives implemented by the time of application.
  • Geography: Applications will be considered from throughout the state, regardless of population or geographic location.
     

Evaluation

Applications will be reviewed by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Successful applicants will be evaluated by the following metrics:

  • Efforts towards furthering the state’s clean energy goals.

  • Policy development, such as adoption of Comprehensive, Sustainability, Zoning, or Climate Action Plans that support measurable clean energy achievements in public or private buildings or other infrastructure.
  • Community partnerships with local business, industry, agriculture, nonprofits, utilities, or residents.
  • Public engagement efforts, stakeholder education, or other community outreach endeavors.
  • Implementation of energy efficiency or renewable energy projects or programs that benefit low income and/or historically underserved communities.
     

Application Process

To apply to be a Minnesota Clean Energy Community, fill out the form below for each initiative you’d like to share no later than February 12, 2018. Questions can be directed to energy.info@state.mn.us or 800-657-3710.
 

Learn More

Click here to download a flier about the Clean Energy Community Awards criteria and possible initiatives >>
 


CECA Application

Administrative Contact
A confirmation and copy of your application will be sent to this address
Initiative Information
Award Metrics for Initiative
Describe how this initiative achieves the goals of each of the following applicable Award Metrics (limit 150 words)
Community Clean Energy Art Contest
As part of the Clean Energy Community Award program Commerce is hosting a contest for clean energy art. Applicants to either the Achievement or Planning awards are invited to submit up to five images for consideration as representations of clean energy in Minnesota communities. Images will be printed by Commerce and presented at the Clean Energy Resource Teams Conference March 28, 2018 in St. Cloud, MN, and conference participants will vote for their favorites. The selected images will then become part of the 2018 Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair. Each selected image entrant will receive two free tickets for admission to the 2018 Minnesota State Fair to view their submissions on display in the Eco Experience. Goal of the Contest: Submissions should be an original and creative visual representation of your community’s clean energy projects. Ideas for acquiring images: Photos or illustrations can be solicited from a variety of sources in your community, including: [1] School art classes or photography clubs, [2] Local professional artists or photographers, [3] Installers, contractors, or partners in community clean energy projects, [4] Community solicitations through local media or other organizations.
Art Contest Submissions
Submission Guidelines: [1] All submitters must complete the Copyright Release form (see above), [2] Images must not contain commercial messages (logos, websites, phone numbers, etc.), [3] Images must not contain political messages (lawn signs, billboards, candidate endorsements, etc.), [4] Images may be photos or illustrations. No video submissions, [5] Images must be provided in the following format: High resolution (300 dpi minimum) JPEG files; 16” x 16” (4,800 px x 4,800 px); RGB color, [6] Submissions must include a title and a brief description of the topic or project being portrayed (which may include credit to the creator of the art), [7] Direct questions about image submissions to: David Swanson.


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If you have any technical difficulties or questions about this form, please contact Dan Thiede with the Clean Energy Resource Teams at thie0235@umn.edu.

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