The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) welcomes Tess Dornfeld as the CERT Regional Coordinator for the Southeast region. 

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Rural Business Innovation Lab is a cohort-based, entrepreneurial development program to build a peer network dense with innovative ideas, professional expertise, and resources needed for underserved rural entrepreneurs to start and scale their businesses. 

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The Metro CERT Steering Committee is proud to welcome five new members beginning their service in 2023. Steering Committees help guide the work of CERTs’ seven regions. 

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Each year the Sustainable City Award is given to a participating GreenStep Cities community for their work implementing one or more of the program's 29 best practices. 

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We partnered with AmeriCorps’ Climate Impact Corps for a second year to offer exciting opportunities for individuals to serve throughout Minnesota as Sustainability Project Coordinators. Applications will be accepted until each role is filled, with opportunities beginning in July, August, October 2023, and January 2024. 

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The MPCA seeks public, private, and nonprofit owners of heavy-duty diesel on-road trucks and transit buses to apply to this competitive grant opportunity to partially fund new, cleaner versions of these vehicles. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. on April 28, 2023.


The MN Department of Commerce launched an online application for the Energy Assistance Program. The deadline for winter of 2022-2023 is May 31, 2023.

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Do you live in southeast Minnesota and have a desire to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across your region of the state? Consider applying for the SE CERT Regional Coordinator position.

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We are excited to announce that 2023 is the Clean Energy Resource Teams' (CERTs) 20th Anniversary! We hope you will join us as we make plans to celebrate our CERTsiversary all year long!

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is accepting applications from organizations interested in hosting a Minnesota GreenCorps member for the 2023-2024 program year. Applications due March 14, 2023.

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Minnesota Power's Low Income Solar grant program is accepting applications through March 15, 2023.

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The Solar for Schools grant program for schools outside of Xcel Energy territory is open for round two.

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The Clean Energy Resource Teams and our partner, the Great Plains Institute (GPI), are excited to welcome Lindsay Stauner to our team as the program associate for the Communities Team at GPI.

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This voluntary recognition program is designed to provide communities with a roadmap to EV readiness and help them achieve their EV-readiness goals with technical assistance. 

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Environmental Initiative is accepting nominations for the 2023 award program through February 13, 2023.

2023 Environmental Initiative Awards

Xcel Energy Partners in Energy provides communities services to develop an energy plan and assistance with implementing that plan. Each community has its own unique energy needs and priorities, and Partners in Energy tailors its services to complement each community’s vision.

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MnTAP staff members are seeking partners to develop facility projects for interns. 

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We're sending our best to Chris Meyer as she steps away from her role as SE CERT Coordinator after years of instrumental work in the region and in the partnership as a whole. 


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After several years of work with Great Plains Institute's Communities Program and a dedicated member of the Metro CERT team, we bid farewell and best wishes to Kris Acuña as he steps into a new role.


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Minnesota is the regional leader in the Midwest and #10 overall for the 2022 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. 

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To increase the ease of use of electric vehicles, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state, the MPCA has $664,000 available to install Level 2 EV charging stations in public places, workplaces, and multiunit dwellings. 


The U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing Map includes active manufacturing sites that contribute to the solar photovoltaic supply chain, including sites in Minnesota.

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency offers a new online training to help small businesses adapt to environmental challenges and find cost savings.

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Regional Indicators Initiative updated their analysis of greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota cities based on community-wide data collection and analysis. See what's new!

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Watch Lissa Pawlisch and Peter Lindstrom's presentation to the Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council on clean energy incentives within the Inflation Reduction Act.

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