Faith Groups Project Planning Resources

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This section provides resources for you and your congregation as you work on energy efficiency and clean energy projects.

This page starts out by showing you the most recent content from across the CERTs website. Jump to detailed resources.

Faith Groups Blog Posts

Photos from the 2018 CERTs Conference
Lissa Pawlisch
Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:54pm
Over 500 Minnesotans attended the seventh statewide CERTs Conference, connecting to build a clean energy future in their communities! March 28-29 were two truly energizing days in St. Cloud, MN for the 2018 CERTs Conference. Communities,...
CERTs Seed Grants
Lissa Pawlisch
Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:55pm
The Clean Energy Resource Teams are excited to announce 39 Seed Grant awards to organizations in our seven regions! Each region awarded around $20,000, catalyzing energy efficiency and renewable energy across the state. CERTs has awarded more than...
Waconia Public Schools third-party solar ribbon cutting
Peter Lindstrom
Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:24pm
This blog is excerpted from a Finance & Commerce story by Frank Jossi. Third-party ownership is one of the growing number of ways building owners can support solar energy and reduce their utility bills. Under the arrangement, a third-party...

Faith Groups Case Studies

The story of Noah and the Ark, a man building a gigantic boat in preparation for a flood that no one else believed was coming, is familiar to most. Crosslake Presbyterian Church has recently taken a page out of Noah’s book and begun their own major undertaking that was initially dismissed by some. Project proponents commissioned a research study on the...
Buffalo Public Utilities Director Joe Steffel was looking for a way to engage small businesses in his community by helping them to take advantage of energy-saving opportunities. “I knew that there was no substitute for knowledge,” said Steffel, “and using that knowledge to get people to act.””

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Looking for technology resources?

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If you’re looking to learn more about a specific technology, like energy efficiency, solar, or wind, we have what you’re looking for. Our technology resources include everything from basic introductions and frequently asked questions to CERTs case studies to recent reports and organizations that can help you go deeper. Learn more.

CERTs Supported Projects

See CERTs-supported projects
CERTs awards Seed Grants to community groups for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. See projects or learn more about grants.

Detailed Resources for Faith Groups

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MN IPL)
Founded as Congregations Caring for Creation in 2004, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light believes the active care of creation is integral to spiritual life and social justice. Through leadership and guidance to Minnesota’s faith communities, we respond to climate change by promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy sources.

ENERGY STAR for Congregations
This website has a great deal of resources specifically geared towards congregations working on global warming solutions. They also let you know what you can do, what others are doing, and what other programs may be of interest to your congregation. Also see their guide, Putting Energy into Stewardship, and their Energy Stewardship Action List.

Minnesotans building a clean energy future

         

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