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GreenCorps Host Site Applications - Due 3/16

Minnesota GreenCorps is now accepting applications from organizations interested in hosting an AmeriCorps member for the 2021-2022 program year. The MPCA plans to place up to 48 full-time members with host sites across the state. Members serve approximately 40 hours a week for 11 months from September 2021 through August 2022. Applications are due Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

Organizations eligible to host Minnesota GreenCorps members include public entities (local, regional, state, tribal), school districts, not-for-profit institutions of higher education, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. MN GreenCorps member projects must fit into one of four focus areas:

  • Reducing air pollution
  • Community readiness and outreach
  • Green infrastructure improvements
  • Waste reduction, recycling, and organics management

Learn More and Apply

Post on: 02/08/2021

Virtual Reporting Office Hours - 2/24, 3/3,10,17,24,31

Stop in *virtually* for assistance with your action or metric reporting before April 1.

  • Do you have questions about how to submit action or metrics reports for Steps 2-5?
  • Do you need assistance with knowing where to submit an action report or how to find a specific metric?
  • Or anything else?

Stop in anytime at the GreenStep Virtual Office Hours!

There is no need to RSVP for a specific date/time - but use Eventbrite to make sure you get the meeting link. Stop in any day or time. The meeting link is the same for all dates.

If none of these times work for you or if you would like more 1-on-1 assistance, email Kristin.mroz-risse@state.mn.us to set up an alternative time.

Open Office Hours:

  • Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30am
  • February 24
  • March 3
  • March 10
  • March 17
  • March 24
  • March 31
Post on: 02/01/2021

Alt. Landscape Equipment Grant - due 3/31

MPCA is offering approximately $150,000 in grant funding to replace 2-cycle gasoline-powered landscaping and snow removal equipment with electric-powered equipment.

Gasoline-powered landscaping equipment is a significant source of air emissions in urban areas, impacting the health of equipment operators and the populated communities they serve.

The maximum award is $24,000 with a 50% required match.

Eligible applicants:

  • Businesses under 500 employees
  • Governmental agencies or tribal nations
  • Educational institutions
  • Non-governmental organizations (e.g., nonprofits, trade groups, industry associations) 

Equipment used near populations sensitive to air pollution, in environmental justice areas, and in communities with higher air pollution will tend to score highest. All equipment being replaced must be scrapped or made inoperable.

Apply now! Deadline: March 31, 2021

More than $300,000 in grants has already helped over 100 businesses and organizations switch to electric-powered equipment, such as chainsaws, pole pruners, lawn mowers, string or hedge trimmers, and handheld or backpack blowers. These purchases will reduce annual air emissions by 260 tons of VOCs.

Replacing summer or winter 2-cycle gas-powered equipment with electric-powered eliminates localized air pollution and can have the following benefits:

  • Lighter - Easy to use and carry across distances and multiple locations.
  • Powerful - Equal performance to gas in many common applications.
  • Saves money - No more buying gas. Also less maintenance and lost productivity from being in the shop or delays from flooding.
  • Safer for employees - Eliminates engine exhaust, reducing odors and respiratory effects; lessen hearing loss; ease cord-pulling and lifting-related injuries; and prevents burns.
  • Community health - Reduce air pollution in urban areas and lessen noise disruptions.

Review grant materials, application, and Q&A on the MPCA alternative landscaping grants webpage.

Post on: 02/23/2021

Sustainable City Award - Nominations due 4/19

The League each year honors the special achievements of cities and city leaders with the City of Excellence Awards, C.C. Ludwig Award, James F. Miller Leadership Award, and Sustainable City Award. The 2021 award submission window is now open. The deadline for submissions is April 19, 2021.

About Sustainable City Awards

Cities currently participating in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program are eligible for the League of Minnesota Cities/GreenStep Cities Sustainable City Award.

—View the 2021 Sustainable City Award brochure and application

—Learn more about the Sustainable City Awards

Related to: Announcement
Post on: 02/16/2021

Pollinator Habitat workshops - 2/17 and 18

The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund (BBHF) and the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District (Minnesota) will be hosting a series of Pollinator Habitat webinars later this month.  These webinars will cover a variety of topics related to the design, establishment and management of pollinator habitat as well as the BBHF Seed A Legacy program that offers new options to provide support for pollinator habitat being established on private, public and corporate lands.  The Seed A Legacy program provides one-on-one technical assistance and access to free pollinator seed mixtures on projects that are 2 acres and larger.

 

The webinars are free, but do require a registration.  Please register for the webinars at:

 

Wednesday, February 17th at 10:00 am CST – designed for Resource Professionals

Pollinator Habitat: More tools in your toolbox for working with landowners

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_q2cS-qrlRM6nBxTvfEXIUg

 

 

Thursday, February 18th at 6:00 pm CST – open to anyone interested in learning more about pollinator habitat

Pollinator Habitat: Available help for your next project

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J-cR_iq0TB2XtPyOAR0B6g

Post on: 02/10/2021

Shade Tree Short Course - 3/23-24

Discuss, debate and disseminate best practices on all things shade tree with fellow arborists at this two-day conference. The Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course has been ensuring tree health since 1963.

Learn More and Register. 

Post on: 02/10/2021

Emerald Ash Borer Field Woskshops - 3/2-18

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) staff will be leading free EAB Field Workshops. These hour-long outdoor workshops will provide an opportunity to get a firsthand look at EAB-infested trees and will assist the community in becoming familiar with early detection. General EAB biology, distribution, management, regulation and treatment will also be covered. Workshops are provided free of charge through support from the US Forest Service. Attendance will be limited to 25 people or less for each session.

All workshops start at either 9:00, 10:30, or 1:00. 

Faribault: March 2 or 3 

Rockville: March 4 or 5 

Lino Lakes: March 9 or 10

Worthington: March 17 or 18

Learn more and register. 

Post on: 02/10/2021

Greater MN Recycling & Composting Grant - Due 3/9

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has approximately $1 million available for grant projects that focus on best practices for recycling or composting collection systems.

Eligible applicants are political subdivisions in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington County). Multi-organizational collaboration is encouraged. If the applicant is a city, the city’s population must be less than 45,000.

See the request for proposals (RFP) for full details on eligibility, grant match amounts, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

  • Application deadline: March 9, 2021
  • Total funds: Approximately $1 million
  • Awards: Maximum $250,000 per project
  • Match requirement: 25% (applicants must provide at least 25% match)

Learn More and Apply. 

Post on: 02/08/2021

Solid waste Management Plan Grant - Due 2/23

Regionally developed and integrated solid waste management plan grant

The MPCA invites eligible applicants to submit project proposals that will result in regionally developed and integrated solid waste management plans (per Minn. R. 9215.0800 and Minn. Stat. 115A.46). The MPCA requests each proposed plan include three or more counties and/or districts, meet the requirements of Minn. R. 9215.0500 – 9215.0880, and advance solid waste management within the region to align with the goals of the state.

See the request for proposals (RFP) for full details on eligibility: who may apply, grant match amounts, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.

  • Application deadline: Feb. 23, 2021
  • Total funding: $115,000
  • Match: At least 25% of the project budget; local direct and indirect cash-match or in-kind match

Learn More and Apply

Post on: 02/08/2021

Webinar 2/23: Energy Storage in MN

Feb. 23: 3:30-4:15pm 

Register and Learn More

Join CERTs Energy Futures events in 2021 in collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment to talk about Energy Storage. The first event in this two-part series will focus on the big picture of Energy Storage, what that expansive term can include, and what the future of energy storage may look like here in Minnesota and the Midwest. We'll hear from:

  • Ellen Anderson, Climate Program Director at Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and former director of the Energy Transition Lab at University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment
  • Todd Olinsky-Paul, Senior Project Director for Clean Energy Group and Clean Energy States Alliance, and director of the Energy Storage and Technology Advancement Partnership
  • Marc Perez, Senior Researcher at Clean Power Research and lead author of the Solar Potential Analysis for the Minnesota Solar Pathways initiative
  • Moderator: Akisha Everett, Energy Storage Project Coordinator, University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment
Related to: Education, Energy
Post on: 02/05/2021