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by Nels Paulsen, Policy Director

Today the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced a statewide strategy to prevent, manage, and clean up PFAS contamination. Conservation Minnesota applauds the MPCA.

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by Paul Austin, Executive Director

Executive Director Paul Austin's opinion piece on clean energy was published in the Duluth News Tribune. 

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by Nels Paulsen, Policy Director

There's a lot of energy around energy right now at the legislature! We submitted the following letter of support for the Energy Conservation & Optimization Act (ECO).

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by Tracy Whitney, Digital Marketing Strategist

EVs are getting a lot of attention these days. Here are a few things to know about this transportation transformation.

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Today the House Climate & Energy Finance & Policy Committee is holding a hearing to discuss the 100% Clean Energy Standards package introduced at the state legislature and supported by Governor Walz. Conservation Minnesota submitted the following letter of support. 

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by Nels Paulsen, Policy Director

In order to address Minnesota’s number 1 source of climate change pollution—the transportation sector—the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is considering adopting Clean Cars Minnesota Rules. Today the Minnesota Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee held a joint hearing on the MPCA’s proposed rule. Conservation Minnesota submitted the following letter in support of the proposed Clean Cars standards.

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by Keely Cervantes, Food & Agriculture Program Manager

The story of one community's path to landmark legislation. Conservation Minnesota hosted a conversation with several board members from the White Bear Area Neighborhood Concerned Citizens Group (NCCG) about how a community can unite around a public health issue to impact state-wide legislation. With Conservation Minnesota, the NCCG played a crucial role in advocating for and pushing this policy across the finish line, and they brought together many stakeholders to find answers and make significant change beyond their own community. 

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by Paul Austin, Executive Director

As an eternal optimist, I’m choosing to reflect on the positive moments from 2020 and look to even brighter days in 2021. The past year highlights the need to look for places of agreement and common ground. And the Conservation Minnesota team is excited for the challenge. 

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Over the past year, West Metro Regional Manager John Anderson has been working with a group of Minnetonka residents to create a sustainability commission for the city. Thanks to the leadership and hard work of these local residents, the City Council voted in October to establish the commission.

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In May, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and Department of Commerce asked Minnesota’s energy companies to create plans that reduce emissions and increase access to conservation and clean energy resources while growing jobs and putting Minnesota’s economy on the rebound. 

In June, Xcel Energy responded by proposing projects to create jobs and keep energy bills stable. The projects bring significant system benefits and speed Minnesota’s clean energy transition.