Transportation Technology Resources



This page starts out by showing you the most recent content from across the CERTs website. Jump to detailed resources.

Transportation is a hot energy topic and it’s an area that can be improved with small steps, as well as larger actions. Consult the resources below to learn more about what you can do!

Transportation Blog Posts

EV fast charger grant dollars available in MN
Joel Haskard
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 4:36pm
On July 5, the MPCA released a request for proposal (RFP) for electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations using Volkswagen settlement funds. The purpose...
Photos from the 2018 CERTs Conference
Lissa Pawlisch
Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:54pm
Over 500 Minnesotans attended the seventh statewide CERTs Conference, connecting to build a clean energy future in their communities! March 28-29...
CERTs Seed Grants
Lissa Pawlisch
Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:55pm
The Clean Energy Resource Teams are excited to announce 39 Seed Grant awards to organizations in our seven regions! Each region awarded around $20,...

Transportation Case Studies

As the market for electric vehicles (EVs) grows and local dealerships begin stocking more of them, consumers will be thinking about where to find...
In 2009, when the City of Saint Paul received a substantial Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the U.S. Department of Energy...
TPD: July 8 – 14; NEEDS PDF The bright lights along Highway 2 in Crookston, Minnesota are sure to stand out to anyone passing through....

Funding & Financing Opportunities

Funding & Financing Opportunities
There are various opportunities for funding and financing any clean energy project. CERTs offers a list of funding opportunities currently available in the fields of energy and the environment. Start exploring now! Learn more

Planning your own projects?

Check out project planning resources
The success of any clean energy project depends on how you plan and utilize community, organizational, and financial resources. This is a place for you and your community members to learn from what others have done and strategize about how to accomplish your own clean energy project goals. Learn more.

CERTs Supported Projects

See CERTs-supported projects
CERTs awards Seed Grants to community groups for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. See projects or learn more about grants.

Find Companies

Find companies with the Clean Energy Project Builder
The Clean Energy Project Builder is an online directory that will help you find companies to help you plan, implement, and manage your clean energy projects. It’s also a great place to just learn more about companies serving the solar and wind energy industries in Minnesota. You can even save a portfolio of folks to follow up with! Check it out

Detailed Transportation Resources

Transportation Options

Minnesota Transit Links
List of links to Minnesota transit agencies, by county and city.

Metro Transit
Metro Transit offers an integrated network of buses and trains, as well as resources for carpooling, walking, and biking in the Twin Cities.

Tranist for Livable Communities
TLC is a Twin Cities-based organization committed to a balanced transportation system. They provide a number of planning resources on bus, rail, and walking/biking options, as well as a Transportation Choices Network.

Safe Routes to School Program Guide
This guide is a comprehensive online reference manual designed to support the development of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs, which are designed to improve the conditions and quality of bicycling and walking to school. You can also visit the Minnesota Safe Routes to School program.

Minnesota Bike TrailsParks & Trails Council of MN
This comprehensive site houses information, maps, and photos of bike trails across the state.

Clean, Efficient Cars & Fuels
For your next purchase, use this resource to help you find the most efficient vehicle that meets your needs.

Greener CarsAmerican Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
This online publication of ACEEE’s popular Green Book offers Green Score rankings based on a vehicle’s air pollution health costs, global warming pollution, fuel efficiency and other specifications.

Fuel Flex Vehicles & E85 EthanolNational Ethanol Vehicle Coalition
Learn about E85 ethanol and find out if your vehicle is E85 compatible.

BiodieselNational Biodiesel Board
Learn about biodiesel and how it can fuel your vehicle.

Eco Car ComparisonDo It Green! Minnesota
A quick and clean rundown of conventional and cleaner vehicle options.

Project Green FleetClean Air Minnesota
The Minnesota Environmental Initiative’s Clean Air Minnesota program has launched Project Green Fleet, which works to address the pollution emitted by school buses.

Alternative Fuels Data CenterUS DOE EERE
Contains information on alternative fuels like E85 and biodiesel, fueling stations, alternative fuel vehicles, policy incentives, and more.

EPAct Fleet Information and RegulationsUS DOE Freedom Car
Paper detailing alternative fuel use in the State of Minnesota.

Clean Car CalculatorUS DOE EERE
Calculate the costs and benefits of using a hybrid vehicle or fleet compared to a conventional vehicle or fleet.


US Dept of Energy – Vehicles & Fuels

Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Transit
Offer a wide range of tools for riders, transit providers, and agencies.

The Center for Transportation StudiesUniversity of Minnesota
The Center is a catalyst for transportation innovation through research, education, and outreach.

The Intellegent Transportation Systems InstituteUniversity of Minnesota
The ITS Institute enhances the safety and mobility of road- and transit-based transportation through a focus on human-centered technology.

Sibley Bike Depot (formerly MN Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance)
This organization is a non-profit biking and walking organization that promotes healthy transportation and helps new riders through education and advocacy.

The National Center for Bicycling and Walking
NCBW helps create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities across North America by encouraging and supporting the efforts of individuals, organizations, and agencies.

American Public Transportation Association
APTA is a leading national organization advancing public transportation.

Clean Airport Partnership
This non-profit group focuses on energy efficiency and sustainable development in airports under the Green Airport Initiative.

Hour Car
Car sharing in the Twin Cities.

Hybrid Cars
A hybrid car Web site that looks at the feasibility and market viability of all types of hybrid vehicles.

EV World
More about electric vehicles.

Policies & Incentives

State & Local Transportation Grants and FundingUS EPA
Provides links to federal funding sources available to state and local agencies for projects relating to transportation and air quality.

New Energy for Cities: Energy-Saving & Job Creation Policies for Local GovernmentsApollo Alliance
A guide to energy saving policies for urban areas; includes a section on transportation.

Surface Transportation Policy Project
STPP is a nationwide coalition working to ensure safer communities and smarter transportation choices that enhance the economy, improve public health, promote social equity, and protect the environment.

Institute for Transportation & Development Policy
An organization promoting sustainable and equitable transportation worldwide.

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