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All of us, at some point in life, were stuck indoors on a beautiful day, and wished we could be outside. As kids, we’ve daydreamed about our teacher conducting class outside. As adults, we’ve joked with a co-worker about moving a desk outside on a nice afternoon, longing to escape the confines of a stuffy, drab office.
Cook County, located on the North Shore, recently conducted an energy audit on the Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) facility. The process and results were used by CCHE in partnership with Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) to host multiple workshops for contractors and community members. The workshops educated participants about energy...
Minneapolis has big hopes for renewable energy in the city, with a goal of 1MW installed renewable capacity by 2014. A large step toward this goal was completed in 2011 with six individual solar projects installed along the Energy Innovation Corridor.
Aeon, a non-profit developer and property management organization of high-quality affordable apartment homes for individuals of low to moderate income, developed a pilot program that focused on educational outreach on sustainable issues. In an effort to develop and operate sustainable properties on a greater level, the pilot served the purpose of...
In one of the state’s most visible and most successful projects, St. Paul’s RiverCentre used $44,000 dollars in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding to replace 1,087 high-pressure sodium lights with new, energy efficient fluorescent lamps. The cost of the project was over $125,000 dollars, but RiverCentre, receiving EECBG funding and...
For local businesses, energy efficiency is an effective method of reducing overhead costs, but the upfront capital needed for improvements can be challenging to find.
The City of Saint Paul understands the value of decreasing its energy load. It saves the city and taxpayers money, enhances the community by offering a healthier and safer place to live, and decreases the city’s environmental impact. With so many benefits, it’s easy to understand why Saint Paul jumped at the opportunity to make substantial energy...
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...
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...
The Bakken, Minneapolis’ museum of Electricity in Life, is devoted to educating the public about the role of electricity in our lives. Their exhibits cover every aspect of electricity from our own brain function to the inner workings or our televisions. Since its founding in the 1970s the mission has been to “inspire a passion for science and its...

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