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Can a high-tech thermostat save money and energy?

Can a high-tech thermostat save money and energy?

Mar. 5 | By Roddy Scheer  and Doug Moss Contributing Writers     Spending $200 or more to replace that older, still functioning thermostat with a new whiz-bang “smart” variety might seem like a waste of money, but it can be one of the best small...

Metro Blooms presents…Rain gardens and beyond: Healthy yards, clean water

Metro Blooms presents…Rain gardens and beyond: Healthy yards, clean water

Mar. 5 | You can help keep our lakes, rivers and streams clean by the simple changes you make in your yard care choices. Metro Blooms landscape designers and Hennepin County Master Gardeners are partnering to offer workshops that explore the latest in healthy...

Energy coop uses lantern workshops to bring families, communities together

Energy coop uses lantern workshops to bring families, communities together

Feb. 19 | By Raymond Jackson Contributing Writer   Communities of Light Cooperative is a self-sufficiency, training and assessment organization whose first product is solar energy-related. In 2009 an organization named Communities of Light was formed by several...

Wind energy commands a larger piece of the renewable energy pie

Wind energy commands a larger piece of the renewable energy pie

Feb. 19 | By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss Contributing Writers   Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf other forms of renewable energy, but wind power has been a dominant second for years, and continues to show “hockey stick” growth moving forward. According...

Does bitter cold and heavy snowfall mean no global warming?

Does bitter cold and heavy snowfall mean no global warming?

Feb. 5 | By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss Contributing Writers     It’s tempting to think that the cold air and snow outside augur the end of global warming, but don’t rejoice yet. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), weather and...

America’s Great Outdoors initiative connects kids  and vets to environmental jobs

America’s Great Outdoors initiative connects kids and vets to environmental jobs

Jan. 22 |             By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss Contributing Writers   President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum in April 2010 establishing the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to promote and support innovative...

Resources that help kids understand environmental problems

Resources that help kids understand environmental problems

Jan. 8 |                     By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss Contributing Writers   Kids today may be more eco-savvy than we were at their age, but complex topics like global warming may still mystify them....

Submit your proposals now for 2014 grant funding

Submit your proposals now for 2014 grant funding

Jan. 8 | $2.37 million available for bioenergy projects next year ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is ready to fuel innovative bioenergy projects to the tune of $2.37 million in 2014. The enrollment period for the Bioenergy...

People of color seek an environmental message that includes them

People of color seek an environmental message that includes them

Dec. 26 | By LaDonna Redmond Contributing Writer   It is easy to dismiss the environmental movement. It seems that so many of the messages that come from environmentalists are related to things that are defined as White or ideas that are not of any concern...

Interact with the environment in ways that support the ecosystem

Interact with the environment in ways that support the ecosystem

Dec. 26 | Green household cleaning tips that save Benjamins           By Renee Barron Contributing Writer We live in an age of chemical use that is affecting our health. Our people are contracting cancers of all kinds — asthma, and...