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Southeast CERT Organizer on a clean energy tour in St. Peter
Lissa Pawlisch
Wed, 07/11/2012 - 4:54pm
Do you live in southeast Minnesota and have a desire to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across your region of the state? Then you should consider applying to join the Clean Energy Resource Teams as our Southeast CERT Coordinator! See more details below. Title: Southeast Clean Energy Resource Team (SE CERT) Regional Coordinator Description: SE CERT is looking to hire a Regional Coordinator (contract position) from southeastern Minnesota to assist with its energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. The SE CERT region spans 15 counties from Blue Earth and Faribault on the west to Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston on the east. The SE CERT is one of seven regional Clean Energy Resource Teams. CERTs overall mission is to connect people with the technical resources they need to identify and implement community-scale energy efficiency and clean energy...
CERTs seed grants
Lissa Pawlisch
Thu, 05/24/2012 - 2:51pm
Do you and your community need funding to get an energy efficiency or renewable energy project off the ground? The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) can help! Each of our seven regional teams are looking to seed innovative, community-based clean energy projects, and yours could be the perfect fit. We offer lots of tools and resources to help you plan your project—get started today! Applications must be submitted no later than July 2nd, 2012 at 4:00pm. To learn more & apply, visit http://rfp.mncerts.org now.  
CERTs staff, ready to greet you in 2013!
Dan Thiede
Tue, 05/15/2012 - 8:04am
Before your calendar starts filling up for February 2013, we want to make sure you mark off February 20-21, 2013 (a Wednesday and Thursday) so that you can join us for the fifth biennial Clean Energy Resource Teams statewide conference! What can you expect? We can’t tell you exactly what the agenda will look like, but we do know that the event will be an exploration and celebration of successful energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and that it will be a coming together of hundreds of amazing people who are working to create a clean energy future in their communities and beyond. After the conference you will return home and to work with tangible and practical information for planning projects, as well as great connections to help you move forward and continue collaborating....
CERTs Seed Grants
Joel Haskard
Tue, 01/24/2012 - 5:26pm
  As we kick off 2012, we are excited to announce the projects awarded CERTs seed grants in each of the seven Minnesota CERTs regions. Each region awarded $10,000 worth of seed grants, catalyzing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across the state. The funding is provided by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. There were 27 seed grants awarded in total, across a broad spectrum of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Many projects also include components of education, outreach and community building, and research. Read on for all of the details! Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal. To learn more about past funded projects, our CERTs-Supported Projects page. Download a PDF with all projects >>...
Seed grants from CERTs!
Lissa Pawlisch
Fri, 09/09/2011 - 9:36am
Next month CERTs will be releasing a new Request for Proposal for seed grants, likely for $10,000 per CERT region. CERTs provides catalyzing seed grants that encourage the implementation of community‐based energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in CERT regions and provide a forum for community education about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, ecological and community benefits. This limited financial assistance is for energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects requiring technical assistance. Project funding can support technical assistance services (labor costs only, such as for a consultant, design professional, installer or student labor) for projects in all seven Minnesota CERT regions. Click here to start planning, and get ready to submit a proposal!
StartUp America Partnership
Joel Haskard
Wed, 06/29/2011 - 10:55am
“Startup America” is a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. This coordinated public/private effort brings together an alliance of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders, working in concert with a wide range of federal agencies to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of America’s entrepreneurs. America’s Next Top Energy Innovator: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge, which offers start-up companies the ability to license, at a reduced rate of $1000, technologies developed by the national laboratories. As part of the program, DOE is reducing both the cost and paperwork requirements for start-up companies to license one of the more than 15,000...
Cleantech Open
Lissa Pawlisch
Wed, 05/11/2011 - 11:19am
Cleantech Open is inviting clean tech innovators to submit an application to enter the program and compete on a unique national platform for over $1 million in training, cash and start-up services for clean tech businesses. The application deadline is May 24, 2011. Applications are being accepted in the following categories: air, water and waste; energy efficiency; renewables; smart power; green grid; storage; transportation and green building. Click here to learn more and apply. Since the original 2006 launch in Silicon Valley, Cleantech Open has supported more than 470 cleantech companies and helped Alumni raise over $300 million in external capital. In 2010, the organization launched the program in the North Central region and all of the North Central finalist companies secured funding within 6 months of...
Win Money!
Dan Thiede
Thu, 03/17/2011 - 3:11pm
A group called The Media Institute hosts the only nation-wide search for the best student-produced short films about what America’s colleges and communities are doing to create sustainable solutions for environmental concerns. They are proud to host this unique event for the second year. Once again, they have a great judges’ panel: Curt Ellis (producer, “King Corn”), Matt Martin (editor, “No Impact Man”), Jon Betz (producer, “Queen on the Sun”). There are no entry fees, and the grand prize is $1,000! Films can be no longer than eight minutes and entries are due on May 14th. Selected films will be shown on Thursday, May 19th at Portland State University. Click here for complete rules and submission guidelines >> Here’s an example of a cool video that was done recently that would be a good fit:
Joel Haskard
Thu, 02/10/2011 - 10:00am
Joel Haskard, CERTs Co-Director with the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, took some time to interview Ken Paulman, the editor of a website that Joel has recently become addicted to, Midwest Energy News. Midwest Energy News, a project of Fresh Energy and RE-AMP, is a daily collection of the top energy stories of importance to the region. Ken is a professional journalist who has worked as an editor for the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, and Minnesota Public Radio.   The Interview: Joel: How did you get you get your start in Journalism? Ken: I dabbled with reporting in college, but didn’t get serious about it as a career until about eight years ago. I did a graduate program at the University of Oregon, my first news job was in 2004 as a copy editor in Spokane, shortly...
Dan Thiede
Mon, 01/24/2011 - 8:37pm
We heard from quite a few of you that you’d like a little more time to pre-register for the CERTs 2011 Conference coming up on February 2-3, 2011, so we’re answering that request! Pre-registration has now been extended through midnight tomorrow, Tuesday, January 25th. So, just in case you were on the fence, or trying to figure out last-minute details, you now have one more day! That means that after midnight tomorrow anyone who wants to come will just need to register at the door. The benefits of pre-registering are that you save a little money, you save some time checking in, and you have a pre-printed nametag all ready to go at the event. You can register directly at http://register.mncerts.org. Or if you’d like to learn a little more first, head to http://2011.mncerts.org....
Dan Thiede
Tue, 01/18/2011 - 6:22pm
We have been confirming speakers like wild and are pleased to share with your our full agenda complete with speaker names! Take a look >>. The CERTs 2011 Clean Energy Convergence will begin with five In-Depth Workshops and a Pre-Conference Reception on February 2nd, and will continue with a Daylong Conference on February 3rd featuring fifteen sessions hour-long sessions on a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy topics. Agenda at a Glance: Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb 2: Utility Programs, Projects & Partnerships Community Capacity Building for Clean Energy Action Energy-Saving Steps for Your Business or Organization Creating a Clean Energy School Becoming a GreenStep City For Local Governments on Feb 3 Leaders in Energy Efficiency & Clean Energy...

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