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Community Energy Services Workshop in Seward, 10/4/2011

Have Your Ice Dams from Last Winter Melted Yet?

Community Energy Services has the resources and rebates to melt away your ice dam problems.

Ice dams can ruin a perfectly good Minnesota winter.  Eliminate the problem before it reappears this season.  We'll provide you with the resources on certified contractors, insulation rebates, and more.  

Community Energy Services is Minneapolis' premier home energy efficiency program.  We've assisted thousands of homeowners improve their homes' energy efficiency for surprisingly minimal costs
Attending a FREE presentation qualifies your for a home visit by a team of our energy experts.  The home assessment is only $30 and we'll supply $400 in services and materials.  98% of homeowners who attend our workshop follow up with a home visit – because it's a remarkable services and value.

The next presentation is Tuesday, October 4th, at 6:30 PM at Matthews Park Recreation Center (2318 29th Ave S).  Call (612) 219-7334 or go to www.mnces.orgfor more details and to reserve your workshop spot.  Additional workshop dates available online.

Kyle Boehm | Community Organizer
612.219.7334 (phone) | kboehm@mncee.org
Center for Energy and Environment | Minnesota's Energy Experts
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 560, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Seward is Pilot for New Minneapolis Two-Sort Recyling Project

Seward’s NEW Recycling Project

by Mike Trdan

On March 29, 2011 a NEW type of recycling collection started in a Seward Neighborhood pilot area. Recycling participation now is more convenient for residents in the Seward Enhanced Recycling Pilot Area (see the map below) because a “Two-Sort” system makes recycling easier than under the City’s previous “multi-sort” collection method. In the pilot area residents now are able to sort recyclables into just TWO categories:

  • all paper fiber, and
  • all containers (metal cans, plastic bottles and glass containers and jars).

Residents in the pilot area also are eligible to receive NEW recycling containers to aid with the two-sort system. The Minneapolis Sanitation & Recycling Office will provide two or more recycling receptacles at no cost to residents. There are several choices but the Seward Neighborhood Group encourages residents to request the wheeled, 22 gallon recycling carts with lids as their preferred receptacle.

Residents who want the new containers should complete and return the selection card that the City mailed to residents the week of March 22, 2011. Pilot area residents who did not receive the card (or might have misplaced it) can obtain another by calling the office of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling Services at 612-673-2917 or by contacting SNG co-president, Mike Trdan, at mnmichaelrecycle@gmail.com.

At present the City has no additional publicity planned for this project. For the Enhanced Recycling Pilot Project to succeed, the neighborhood’s help and involvement is needed. The Seward Neighborhood Group is attempting to establish a network of “Recycling Block Coordinators” to inform and educate neighbors about the project. Volunteer Block Coordinators would be asked for about 1/2 to 1 hour of time per month to promote recycling. Residents interested in helping as Block Coordinators should email Mike Trdan, at mnmichaelrecycle@gmail.com.


photo by Carol Greenwood

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6th Annual Sustainable Communities Conference

6th Annual Sustainable Communities Conference

Sat April 9 – Sustainable Communities Conference, Central Lutheran, Mpls – 8:30 to 4:30, FREE


6th Annual Sustainable Communities Conference

Linking Citizens and Cities for Sustainable Communities

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Central Lutheran Church

333 12th St. S., Minneapolis, MN 55404 (next to the Minneapolis Convention Center)

Agenda & List of Workshops – www.afors.org/2011Conference  

PDF Conference Full Agenda           ½ Page Conference Flyer

FREE ADMISSION – Please pre-register at www.afors.org/2011ConferenceRegistration or call 612-331-1099

9am – Keynote speakers: Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition Town Movement and Krista Leraas, co-founder of Harvest Mood Backyard Farmers.

10:amHands-on Project Workshops for your spring and summer projects including: energy conservation outreach, community gardening and local food, composting and recycling, bike/ walk advocacy, rain gardens, community art projects and transition towns 101 and awareness raising tools/ Awakening the Dreamer.

11:30amOrganizing & Outreach Skill-Building Sessions for Neighborhood Environment Committees, Transition Towns, Congregations, Schools, Community Gardens, Green Businesses, Community Artists, Back-Yard Inventors, Advocacy for Climate Justice and City Environmental Commissions.

12:30pm – Lunch Conversations – meet for lunch with others from your community to plan next steps.

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Community Energy Services – Get a sign if you have had a visit

From: Carol Greenwood <carolgwood@comcast.net>

I’m getting one of these cool signs for my yard (we had a Community Energy Services Visit) and will get a couple more for people I know who’ve had a Home Energy Services visit.  Or, you can contact Kyle Boehm at MNCEE/CES (see attached).  The count so far is 34 Seward residents who got a home energy service visit after Seward signed up for the program.  If you attended a workshop and got a Home Energy Services visit before Seward signed up for the program, check with Kyle also.  Their funding may restrict who gets a sign, but it never hurts to ask.

I think we should let people know what a great service this is–$30.00 for $400 worth of products and services. If you’ve attended a workshop, get your Home Visit to find out about the additional opportunities available to save money in your home by conserving energy. Continue reading