Testimonials about CERTs



These testimonials have been submitted by people who have worked with CERTs, attended our events, received Seed Grants, and much more.

The CERTs Conference was fantastic
The conference was great. Was able to connect university students to jobs in rural Minnesota this summer, with more to come in future years! Invited Minnesota experts to our state for a discussion on solar power. Learned from directly from energy innovators including farmers, businesses, utilities, and communities. The networking events were fantastic. Led to connections and future collaboration.
- David Ripplinger, PhD
Bioenergy/Bioproducts Economics Extension Specialist | North Dakota State University
Helping people do the right thing
Your efforts at helping individuals and businesses "do the right thing" is helping so much in turning people's hearts and minds toward a new vision of what the good life can be. I really applaud all that you do.
- Laura Raedeke
LCC Creation Care Team | Lutheran Church of the Cross
Thanks for all of the great information!
This last weekend as I was scanning the store flyers I noticed numerous stores with LED light bulbs on sale. Your presentation was timely and I think has a lot of great info not only for us as Extension Educators but the public as well. Thanks for all of the great information and I'll be checking the CERT website to stay up to date on the latest news!
- Brenda Miller
Extension Educator | University of Minnesota
A great, informative event
I found your event to be quite informative and I'm glad I was in attendance. I work in the renewable energy sector as a sale rep., designer, and installer and consider myself well informed, but on the Mankato Clean Energy Tour I learned things! This is an incredibly valuable service. Thank you very much. Keep up the good work.
- Chris Gamer
Head of PV Division, Partner | Novel Energy Solutions
Thanks for your helpful blog and case studies!
I spent some time browsing through your website and came across some really excellent case studies. I want to thank you all for making this information so easily accessible! I have to compliment you on the wealth of information you put out. I've been spending a fair amount of time browsing websites like yours and you all have far and away the most helpful blog and case studies.
- Ben King
Research Associate | David Gardiner and Associates
Dedicated and motivated people working toward for a common cause
During the few hours I spent at the CERTs office volunteering, I had the opportunity to witness a group of dedicated and motivated people work hard to rally our communities to a meaningful cause, which was quite inspiring. I'm glad I was able to give you guys a hand!
- Bernard
Student Volunteer | University of Minnesota
Let's Start at the Very Beginning
With the help of folks at CERTs, the City of Royalton started at the very beginning of its renewable energy journey by doing an energy audit. The energy audit showed the council and residents that making renewable energy changes can impact the environment and the budget of the city. We did a re-lamping project first and then moved to switching from incandescent to LED traffic lights. We then installed solar panels on our City Hall! CERTs provides education and encouragement to cities and makes it easy for cities to make sound decisions about clean energy projects.
- Andrea Lauer
Mayor | City of Royalton
Valued Partners on the Iron Range
CERTs has been a very important partner to our organization as we have evolved into THE voice for sustainability on the Iron Range. Whether it is by helping to judge our Green Inventors Contest for area youth, by participating in the wildly successful Iron Range Earth Fest held each spring, by co-sponsoring Northeast CERTs events in Hibbing and Virginia, or by just supporting IRPS in our varied sustainability projects, CERTs is a valued partner that we can count on. Here's to the next ten years!
- Don Graves
Board Member | Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS)
The Art of Clean Energy: Screen Printed CERTs Posters
These posters were made in 2007 by a University of Minnesota screen printing class for CERTs. Check them out and share them around! <object width="400" height="590"> <param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fmncerts%2Fsets%2F72157624666477997%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fmncerts%2Fsets%2F72157624666477997%2F&set_id=72157624666477997&jump_to="></param> <param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615"></param> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615" allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fmncerts%2Fsets%2F72157624666477997%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fmncerts%2Fsets%2F72157624666477997%2F&set_id=72157624666477997&jump_to=" width="400" height="590"></embed></object>
- Joel Haskard
CERTs Co-Director | University of Minnesota's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships & Extension
Digging in and making changes
The people (both young and not so young) now involved in CERTs and programs like it are the type that dig in and make changes, and that's where the real value is. The billions of BTUs and millions of dollars CERTs is currently saving the state will easily translate to trillions 10 years from now. Any change in our habits as a society needs to come from the bottom up, and CERTs is a great way to maximize impact of dollars spent to reduce energy use. <a href="/sites/default/files/WillmarGreenhouse_0.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/WillmarGreenhouse_0.jpg" alt="Willmar Senior High School greenhouse project" title="Willmar Senior High School greenhouse project" width="200"></a>
- Derek Otteson
Co-Founder | Rural Energy Solutions


Minnesotans building a clean energy future


    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission