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Lebanon Hills
Saint Paul Capitol with daffodils blooming in foreground
Saint Paul Capitol in spring
by Nels Paulsen

Great News! Today, the Minnesota Senate voted to ban the use of toxic trichloroethylene (TCE) in our state. For over a year, Conservation Minnesota has been working with citizens, legislators, agency representatives, and other environmental organizations to phase out the use of this dangerous chemical in Minnesota. 

Hand holding LED light bulb
by Nels Paulsen

After several weeks focused exclusively on COVID-19 legislation and policies to keep legislators and legislative staff safe during the pandemic, the state legislature is starting to begin work on some of their pre-pandemic priorities. A bipartisan energy efficiency bill known as ECO or the Energy Conservation & Optimization Act of 2020 (SF 4409 / HF 4502) is one of these priorities.

Today both the house and the senate energy committees will be hearing this clean energy bill and we’re hopeful both committees will vote in favor of the bill and move it to the floor.

Below is the letter I sent the Chair Osmek and the Senate Energy & Utilities Finance & Policy Committee on behalf of Conservation Minnesota and our members. 

woman walks along boardwalk next to lake
Lebanon Hills Regional Park
by Avery Hildebrand, Regional Manager - Southeast Metro

Minnesotans love our Great Outdoors, and we are willing to do what it takes to improve our favorite parks and open spaces. Dakota County is no exception. It is home to some of our most iconic examples of natural beauty here in our state—places like Lebanon Hills Regional Park, the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, Sand Coulee, and Whitetail Woods. As demand grows in Dakota County for more access to nature and parks, now is the time to start thinking about the future.

Mom holds infant son outside
Keely and her son enjoying the Great Outdoors
by Keely Cervantes, Regional Manager - East Metro

Though this is a difficult time for our global community and for us in Minnesota, we are so far doing our due diligence to flatten the curve and protect our neighbors. As Governor Walz said, we are used to long winters, and we are resilient. The field team has seen this over the past few weeks as we’ve reached out to our members to check in on how people are doing and how nature has been helping them through this slowdown in everyday life.

Charging an EV
by John Anderson, Regional Manager - West Metro

For the past three years, Conservation Minnesota has worked with partner groups to put on an annual Environmental Commissions Conference every April. There is a great deal of overlap in these sorts of issues from city to city, and also the potential for cities to coordinate, so commissioners and other interested folks get together once a year to share ideas, think about how to work together, and get to know each other.

Girl with umbrella smiles and reaches out
by Paul Austin, Executive Director

There is one theme that shows up in almost every conversation we've had lately: how important nature and the outdoors are to staying healthy and coping with the stress people are feeling.

Person working on their laptop
by Paul Austin, Executive Director

As COVID-19 continues to spread within our state and nation—Conservation Minnesota is taking measures to protect our staff, the communities in which we work, and all Minnesotans. 

Three men installing solar panels

Between now and 2040, over half of our current electricity generation, comprising 95% of Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions, will likely be outdated and not cost competitive. 

Charging an EV
by Nels Paulsen

Conservation Minnesota submitted a letter in support of the proposed Clean Cars standards to the Minnesota Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee.

REST Rosemount Environment and Sustainability Task Force
City staff, council members, Mayor Bill Droste, commission members, and Conservation Minnesota's Avery Hildebrand (second from right)
by Avery Hildebrand, Regional Manager - Southeast Metro

On December 17th, 2019 Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste and City Council Members in attendance enthusiastically voted to turn the task force into an official city commission.