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GreenStep City Best Practices Resilient Economic & Community Development

Business Synergies and EcoDistricts
no. 28

Network/cluster businesses and design neighborhoods to achieve better energy, social, economic and environmental outcomes.
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Help businesses register as users of the Minnesota Materials Exchange and document their exchanges/sales of byproducts with other local/regional businesses.

  • The Minnesota Materials Exchange is a free service that links organizations that have reusable goods they no longer need to those who can use them, at no or low cost. This business reuse network helps prevent usable materials from becoming waste and saves users money.
Identify at least three businesses that register as users.
Achieve 1 Star rating AND document exchanges/sales.
Proactively help additional businesses register as users and document their exchanges/sales.

Grand Rapids pending

Date action report first entered:   12/14/2012

Implementation details:
In Januar 2010 the Grand Rapids Public Library began using waste water from the Blandin Paper Mill to heat the entire Libray. This was accomplished by installing a plate heat exchanger which transfers the heat from the waste water to the glycol which circulates through the Library.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Expectations were that we would see a 30% reduction. We are currently seeing a 50% reductions.

For more information contact:
Julie Kennedy (City staff)   |   jakennedy@grpuc.org   |   218-326-7024

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

greenstep advisor
Angie Bourdaghs, Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2176, angela.bourdaghs@state.mn.us, http://www.pca.state.mn.us/sbeap