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Last week, the Minnesota Senate Energy & Utilities Committee was in Rochester for a public hearing on the Senate Republicans’ Clean Energy First legislation.

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by Keely Cervantes, Food & Agriculture Program Manager

Over the past ten years, Minnesota’s cities have been increasing their sustainability goals and positively impacting their communities. I’m lucky to work with a few East Metro cities that are working toward achieving step 5—the top step!—in the GreenStep program.

CEE Center for Energy and Environment
by Center for Energy and Environment

CEE is recruiting owners of single-family homes for participation in a state-funded research project on cold climate air source heat pumps.

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by Paul Austin, Executive Director

Today Governor Walz took action on climate change, announcing a new Climate Change Subcabinet and Advisory Council on Climate Change.

Representative Shelly Christensen
by Keely Cervantes, Food & Agriculture Program Manager

On Saturday, November 16th about 35 people gathered to hear Representative Shelly Christensen (DFL-39B) speak at an environmental issue-based town hall.

Charging an EV
by Field Team

In September, Governor Tim Walz announced he would direct the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to implement Clean Cars Minnesota.

by Paul Austin, Executive Director

In late September, Governor Walz announced the Clean Cars Minnesota initiative to reduce climate pollution and protect the quality of our air and water.

Rochester skyline

Last summer, Rochester Public Utilities put forward a first-of-its-kind proposal for a municipal utility—be 100% renewable by 2050 and achieve 50% renewable energy by the time their current power contract expires in 2030.


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

by John Anderson, Local Government Program Manager

On Wednesday, October 30th I went to a great event at the Ridgedale Library that showed how the community is working to protect and restore its open spaces.