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Harmony Natural Food Cooperative in Bemidji recently received a $3,000 seed grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams. The cooperative plans to use the funding to help upgrade its lighting system with energy efficient LEDs. The installation is planned for the week of Feb. 20. It will maintain its...
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Discovery Woods School in Brainerd received a $3,000 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams, or CERTs. “We’re very excited to learn about the grant award,” said Heidi Auel of Discovery Woods School in a news release. “We can’t wait to get started on our...
The next time you think about throwing that moldy bread in the garbage, think twice. The Fridley City Council unanimously approved a curbside organic collection contract with Republic Services during its Jan. 22 meeting. Organic material is the part of the trash that breaks down quickly and...
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The Clean Energy Resource Teams recently announced 39 Seed Grant awards to organizations in throughout Minnesota. Each of the seven regions were awarded around $20,000 to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy across the state. Grant recipients in Southwest Minnesota include: Federated...
As adopted last week implement the GreenStep Cities program. GreenStep is a litany of projects, policy, and action items to improve how “green” the city is. North Branch, for example, a paperless agenda and minutes document system. Land Uses, transportation, economic development and lighting and...
LED lights typically cost more than a traditional street light, but last three to four times longer and can cut annual electricity usage by up to 70 percent, said Diana McKeown, Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) Director at the Great Plains Institute… McKeown said street lights at...
The Plainview Economic Development Authority will host an Energy Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 8, at Plainview City Hall. Information about how to reduce energy costs, improve energy efficiency and use renewable energy technologies for commercial businesses, industry and farms will be presented...
A condemned building in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood soon will be brought back to life and repurposed as a home for community service workers. The building at 2114 W. Third St. recently was donated to Ecolibrium3, a local community action agency, with the aim of converting it into low...



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