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Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon awards $200,000 in grants to 23 schools across the state for student-led energy projects


Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

February 4th, Statewide Minnesota - The Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon (MnSCC) Project has announced the award of over $200,000 in 19 grants to 23 public high schools, colleges and universities across Minnesota. Projects range from making energy improvements such as energy efficient lighting and motion sensors; installing renewable energy projects including solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems; increasing recycling and composting; reducing paper use and food waste; supporting community greenhouse production of local foods; and increasing sustainable transportation options by encouraging walking, biking, carpooling and bus riding to school.



"The hard work the teams have put into implementing their carbon reduction strategies at their schools has been amazing. Across Minnesota-rural and urban, college and high school-we are seeing young people take on leadership roles in reducing energy usage and implementing clean energy projects. It is unfortunate we only have limited funds, because we saw so many creative projects submitted and could only afford to fund a small percentage," said Patrick Santelli, Schools Cutting Carbon Project Coordinator. Patrick is working closely with the participating schools to help them plan and implement projects at their schools. Sponsors and mentors from across the state are also welcome to provide support and guidance to teams.



Funding for these 19 grants and for the MnSCC Project is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). The Trust Fund is a permanent fund constitutionally established by the citizens of Minnesota to assist in the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state's air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.



One hundred public high schools, colleges and universities are joined together in the Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon program to reduce their carbon emissions and save on energy costs. Student teams, led by a faculty coach and supported by school administrators and building operators, are exploring no-cost and low-cost behavior changes as well as larger projects to increase energy efficiency and create clean energy on campus. To view the schools participating across the state and find out how you can get involved, please visit www.SchoolsCuttingCarbon.org.



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MINNESOTA AFL-CIO ENDORSES MARK RITCHIE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE, REBECCA OTTO FOR STATE AUDITOR

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul---The Minnesota AFL-CIO has endorsed Mark Ritchie for Secretary of State and Rebecca Otto for State Auditor for re- election. The seventy member General Board made their decision in time for the start of the caucus and convention season.
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Feb. 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Nearly half of the total AIDS cases reported in the U.S. occur among African-Americans, even though they represent just 13 percent of the U.S population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost half of the ..... 
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LIPPERT ELECTED TO ASI EXECUTIVE BOARD

Tue, Feb 2nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

DENVER, Colo. - Mike Lippert, Olivia, Minn., was elected to represent the National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) on the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Executive Board at the 2010 ASI/NLFA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.



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Minnesota Historical Society awards $1,462,500 in Mid-size and Large Grants funded by the Legacy Amendment

Wed, Jan 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL (Jan. 27, 2010) - Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants continue to provide much needed funds to organizations throughout the state. The Minnesota Historical Society today announced the first 27 recipients of Mid-size and ..... 
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Clean Energy Resource Teams award 55 seed grants for innovative projects across Minnesota

Thu, Jan 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

JANUARY 13, STATEWIDE, MN - The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) are kicking off 2010 by announcing the projects awarded seed grants in each of the seven Minnesota CERTs regions. These catalyzing grants of up to $11,000 will help project ..... 
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DIG THIS: YOUR FIRE HYDRANT NEEDS A HAND

Thu, Jan 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Fire hydrants don't call attention to themselves; you may barely notice yours from day to day. But with significant snowfall, and temperatures rising and falling, hydrants across the state are becoming encased in hard snow and ice ..... 
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Adverse health events in Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers decrease slightly in 2009

Thu, Jan 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

The number of adverse events in Minnesota hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and community behavioral health hospitals decreased from 312 to 301 in 2009, according to a report released today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The sixth ..... 
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Dave Ernest Named Minnesota's Top 2009 Truck Driver

Tue, Jan 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN: The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) named Dave Ernest, a

professional truck driver for Smith Trucking, Inc. based in Worthington

Minnesota, as Minnesota's 2009 Truck Driver of the Year.

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