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Finland, Minnesota is incorporating renewable energy education into the construction of its new community center. With the implementation of geothermal technology, the new community center will serve as an educational model for other initiatives, as well as for the community that utilizes the building.
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In 2009, the University of Delaware created a model that helps to more effectively provide communities with support and information about environmentally-responsible practices. They called this model “The Sustainable Energy Utility Model” (SEU).
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Since 2000, the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) has been serving low income communities in Central Minnesota by developing, manufacturing, and installing solar hot water and air heaters to help families reduce their heating fuel dependence and lower their energy bills.
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Handout for the City of Saint Paul Solar and Energy Efficiency Tour on July 26th, gives an overview of each of the systems that were part of the tour. Includes information on the following solar arrays:
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Three Rivers Community Action, a housing non-profit, is making a difference in the lives of low-income families and their community at large by purchasing and renovating foreclosed homes.
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Concordia Language Villages’ (CLV) BioHaus is one of the first buildings in the US to receive the German Passivhaus certification. It features air-tight insulation, natural lighting, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and solar thermal panels. The goal of the BioHaus is to educate visitors and enhance their personal awareness of how to more...
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Cities and regions taking a leading role in sustainability are incorporating energy plans into their comprehensive plans. In northern Minnesota, Energy Action Plans are in the works. An Energy Action Plan is a comprehensive set of goals and specific actions that aim to decrease reliance on non-renewable energy.
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Susan and Mike Edgington, owners of the Adventure Inn in Ely, now provide boarders with energy efficient living, including solar-heated water and floors, and provide benefits to the surrounding environment in the form of increased green space to absorb runoff. The Edgingtons also “freecycled” old equipment including toilets, sinks, windows, doors, and...
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This document contains a variety of resources and tools for local government energy efficiency project planning.
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Many high school students may know what a carbon footprint is and what steps individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint. At Rosemount High School, ninth grade students are learning how to apply this knowledge to reducing their school’s footprint.
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