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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...
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TPD: December 17-23 Elk River, Minnesota, is proactive about energy savings. The city earned “Energy City” status in 1997 from the Minnesota Environmental Initiative, and it has been a model for efficient and renewable energy ever since.
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Solar Energy Systems for Small Commercial Businesses is a guide to assessing, investigating, and contracting for solar energy systems for smaller commercial businesses.
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Did you know that you can help groups in your community save water, energy, and money with easy-to-install spray valves and faucet aerators? It’s true! Both are discounted through the CERTs Water-Saving Bulk Buy and through rebates by Minnesota utilities, and the payback could not be faster.
The City of Oakdale (Metro CERT affiliate since 2008) is a regional leader in civic sustainability thanks to the leadership of its City Council and Environmental Management Commission (EMC).
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Linden Hills Power and Light has quite the green report card. Originally created with the goal of shrinking the community’s local carbon footprint, Linden Hills Power and Light (LHP&L) has utilized education efforts, community engagement and organizing to promote sustainable habits and energy conservation.
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Elk River was named Energy City in 1997 when the Minnesota Environmental Initiative chose it from over 30 other communities to act as a geographical focal point for the demonstration of efficient and renewable energy products, services, and technologies.
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The City Hall in Hopkins, Minnesota is a busy place — it houses Community Services, Planning and Economic Development, Engineering, Finance, and after a 20,000 square foot renovation in 2006, the Police Department.
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NEEDS PDF; TPD: March 18-24
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Thanks to a massive energy efficiency renovation, the Burnsville Ice Arena has become an impressive model of sustainability. Prior to the renovation, which began in 2010, the facility was in serious need of improvement. The ice center was producing 46% of CO2 emissions from city-owned buildings, making it one of the largest CO2 producers in Burnsville...
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