New energy data project in Minnesota will be part of a multi-state Utility Energy Registry effort

The online platform aims to provide streamlined, public access to community-scale utility energy demographic data

Solar energy & communities: Unlocking economic benefits by putting a value on solar resources

By transforming perspectives, communities can assess and realize the full potential of developing their solar resources.

Making your city "EV ready"

As cities look to capitalize on the opportunity that electric vehicles (EVs) can bring, they also must lay the groundwork for their communities to become ‘EV ready’.

How carbon disclosure platforms can help cities translate commitments into action

Global carbon disclosure platforms offer cities established standards and protocols to help them track progress and identify opportunities to have a greater impact.

Measuring the impact of GreenStep Cities

What we've learned from the past seven years of cities taking and reporting action on sustainability and quality-of-life goals.

Utilities, companies, and local governments discuss opportunities for collaboration on EVs in Minnesota

Additional voices broaden the conversation on how to increase EV adoption.

Getting a good deal: solar garden subscriptions for local governments

A guide to the most common questions about solar gardens for local governments in Minnesota

Leaders gather in Saint Paul to discuss “Solutions from the Ground Up”

Local governments and businesses shared how they can collaborate to advance clean energy and address climate.

Minnesota’s Stearns County provides a unique national example of a ‘solar-ready’ community

The county is well on its way to achieving designation as one of the leading counties in the nation on solar energy best practices.

Q&A With UMN Energy Transition Lab’s Ellen Anderson on the Local Government Project for Energy Planning

Project will help communities plan for and measure progress toward emission reduction goals.

Minnesota Solar Toolkit for Local Governments Wins the “Innovation in Planning Award”

The award was given by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association.

How a New Project Seeks to Reduce Barriers to Solar in Greater Minnesota

The project helps communities become “open for solar business.”

Kristen Peterson Joins GPI as a Sustainable Communities Program Assistant

Kristen will support several community-level projects that advance sustainability.

Community Takes a Transformative, Sustainable Approach to Affordable Housing

A community in Minneapolis breaks new ground in integrating industry-leading standards for sustainable buildings with affordable housing.

Report Documents First-Ever Collaborative Procurement of Solar Garden Subscriptions by Group of Local Governments

Community solar projects facilitate collaborative action by local governments in Minnesota.

GreenStep Cities Evaluation Finds Excellent Value to Cities and Program Partners

Program helps cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals.

Door Knocking for Energy and Solar Assessments a Success in the Chisago Area

Effort by the Clean Energy Resource Teams encouraged small business owners to participate in a free energy and/or solar assessment.

Minnesota Solar Pathways Grant to Advance Solar Energy Progress

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to increase solar deployment.

Community Efforts in the Spotlight at Metro CERT 2016 Annual Event

Nearly 200 people attended the 9th annual Metro CERT event on October 18th at the University of St. Thomas for a two-part afternoon event followed by networking.

Greenway Office Building in Minneapolis Adds Solar Electric System Using PACE Financing

The Greenway Office Building—located a block from the intersection of Lake Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis—epitomizes green buildings both in design and location.

Klimaschutz Part II: Doing Is Believing

Trip to Germany yields valuable insights and exchange of ideas on energy and climate solutions.

Bringing National Solar Resources to Midwest Communities

GPI is working with local communities to certify as “solar-ready.”

Community Engagement in Austin, Minnesota

Planning for Climate Adaptation and Community Resiliency through GreenStep Cities Best Practice 29.

Chisago Area Clean Energy Hub Partnering to Drive $40-$60M of Investments in Solar, Efficiency

Community-wide effort will lower energy costs and attract businesses to clean energy.

Klimaschutz: Learning from International Partners for Local Action

Trip to Germany yields opportunities for collaboration.

New Program Offers Solar Development Technical Assistance for Local Communities

National program helps communities capture solar development opportunities.

Access Resources from the 2015-2016 GreenStep Workshop Series

Series covers topics that are important to cities and provide a wealth of information.

Andersen Windows: Sustainability Champs and Energy Stars!

Andersen Windows path to Energy Star status and sustainability.

Event Celebrates Energy Efficiency, Equity for Small Businesses

Collaborative effort engages utility customers that are often difficult-to-reach.

Woodbury Business Leaders Join ENERGY STAR for Kick-Off

Event demonstrates a growing interest among building owners in pursuing energy efficiency goals.

GPI Serves as Capitol Pathways Host

The inaugural internship program aims to increase government access for students of color.

Trevor and Abby Chat Solar Gardens

Trevor and Abby help make sense of the community solar garden landscape in Minnesota.

GreenStep Cities Introduces New Resilience Best Practice

Helping cities prepare for a changing climate with the launch of a new best practice.

What's Happening with Clean Energy in the Twin Cities?

Big clean energy happenings in the Twin Cities metro region.

Planning for the "New Normal"

The way we planned for building our cities in the past will be inadequate for the future, making resilience planning essential.

Ideas 'Tossed' Around at Metro CERT Annual Event

A robust and inquisitive audience makes for a fun and lively Metro CERT annual event.

Creating “Solar-Ready” Communities

Helping communities engage in the rapidly growing market for solar energy.

Made in Minnesota Solar Program Interview with Department of Commerce

The Made in Minnesota (MiM) Solar Program is a lottery-based incentive available to Minnesotans who install solar equipment that is made in Minnesota. Metro CERT Director Diana McKeown sat down with Kim Havey, Made in Minnesota Solar Program Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, to learn more about the program and how it’s working in the state.

Seed Grants Now Available for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Projects!

Do you and your community need funding to get your project off the ground? The CERTs team can help!

Visit us at the Great Minnesota Get Together's Eco Experience!

State fair offers fun learning experiences and opportunities to talk with local experts about clean energy resources.

Take action on sustainability with GreenStep Cities 2014-2015 workshop recordings

Series covered topics that are important to cities, providing a wealth of information and resources.

GreenStep Cities Wraps Up Workshop Series and Celebrates 5 Years of Programming!

GreenStep Cities reaches big milestone and shares wealth of information through workshop series.

Neighborhood Leaders in Minneapolis Learn About Community Solar Gardens

Over 70 neighborhood leaders gathered at Mayflower Church in Minneapolis on Thursday, April 30th to learn about community solar gardens, including key considerations and specific roles for neighborhoods.

Press Event Highlights Opportunities for Small Business Energy Savings

Wells Fargo supports GPI’s Metro CERT program by presenting a “big check” for the Small Business Energy Coaches project.

GreenStep Cities Workshop: Cities and Community Solar

Workshop covered the basics of community solar, what resources are available for cities and citizens, and what roles cities can play in this emerging market.

GreenStep Cities workshop: Bike, Ped and Transit Options

November’s GreenStep Cities workshop was all about transit best practices, with a focus on the Complete Streets best practice.

GreenStep Cities Workshop: Benchmarking Your Public Buildings & What the Heck is Step 4 Anyways?

Energy and water benchmarking, Xcel Energy Commercial Rebates and the new GSC “Step 4” discussed at first GSC workshop.

A New Approach to Small Business Energy Efficiency

Business advocates, rather than energy advocates, might be the key to unlocking energy efficiency in the small business sector.

New Minneapolis solar map shows PV suitability for every rooftop in town

A new Solar Suitability map helps residents of Minneapolis identify solar potential - and resources for installation - across the city.

Making Connections: Energy Trends and Our Vital Local Economy

Energy summit brings together stakeholders from local government to uncover energy trends.