News & Insights
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person at an electric vehicle charging station
Nels Paulsen

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.

Waste Barrels
Keely Cervantes

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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Paul Austin

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.

wind turbines along a dirt road in a field at sunset

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.

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Rochester's Soldiers Memorial Field Park

This November, 64% of Rochester voters supported a city referendum to protect water quality, natural areas, and park improvements. Now residents in the City of Health, and those who visit this vibrant community, will benefit from the $2 million in annual investments

Clean Cars Announcement
Governor Walz at the 2019 Clean Cars Announcement
Paul Austin

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Governor Walz's pledge to adopt Clean Cars Minnesota, a set of clean car standards that will reduce air pollution from cars and trucks on Minnesota roads and increase consumer choices for electric and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Saint Paul Capitol
Nels Paulsen

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Minnesota legislature adjourned from their second special session. It is likely that the governor will call a third special session in August to maintain his peacetime emergency powers. Conservation Minnesota will continue to be there for each special session. Getting your conservation priorities across the finish line is still our top concern.

Paul Austin

At Conservation Minnesota, we protect the places you love, and while that usually means advocating on the state level, sometimes it means working on federal issues too. Ensuring the full funding of the Land & Water Conservation Fund is one of those examples. Over the last year, we’ve asked our members to contact their Congressional delegates in support of this funding.

The Great American Outdoors Act would ensure that the Land & Water Conservation Fund receives its full allotment of dedicated funding—permanently.

Sophia sits on the shore of Lake Superior
Sophia enjoying the outdoors at Split Rock State Park, July 2020
Sophia Hoiseth

I learned about the internship at Conservation Minnesota in a pre-coronavirus Minnesota. I was even able to go into the office for a meeting in February. Right before I left the Conservation Minnesota office, staff mentioned that maybe it would not be possible for the internship to work out if the pandemic became a big problem.

Well, it became a big problem.