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MNs Going Electric webinars - 12/1-4

Drive Electric Minnesota and Plug In America are excited to present a free webinar series focused on accelerating electric transportation adoption in 2021, in partnership with Xcel Energy and the Sustainable Growth Coalition.

In the six-part webinar series (December 1-4, 2020) attendees will learn about several electric vehicle (EV) policy and implementation topics, including:

  • basics and benefits of EVs
  • how Minnesota can become a leader in transportation electrification
  • policies to implement at the state, city, fleet, and workplace levels
  • how the state can overcome the remaining barriers to greater EV adoption

There is also a chance to “drive” electric in our virtual ride and drive webinar!

Each webinar has a different focus with different audiences in mind. We encourage you to attend the webinars that align with your interests. Details about each webinar, including how to register is at https://www.driveelectricmn.org/webinar-series-minnesotans-going-electric/ 

12/1, 11am-12:30pm - The Role of Cities and Counties in Transportation Electrification

12/1, 1-2pm - The 101 on Electric Vehicles for Minnesota

12/1, 2:15-3:00pm - Experience Electric Vehicles in a Virtual Test Drive

12-3, 10am-12pm - How Minnesota Can Lead on Transportation Electrification in 2021

12-3, 1-2:30pm - Economic Development Opportunities for Minnesota from the Transportation Electrification Sector 

12-4, 10am-12pm - Expanding Charging for Minnesota Fleets, Workplaces, Multi-Unit Dwellings, and Public Locations

Post on: 10/22/2020

Conservation Partners Legacy Grants - Due 11/16

Nearly $2,300,000 remains for the second round of ECP funds which is open now until November 16.  

The ECP grant cycle funds eligible activities that restore or enhance forests, wetlands, prairies, or habitat for fish, game, and wildlife on public lands/waters in Minnesota. Grant requests may range from $5,000 to $50,000, with a maximum total project cost of $575,000. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply, and a 10% match of non-state funds is required. Apply online by 3:00 PM on November 16, 2020. Funding for the CPL program comes from the Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Additional Information:

FY2021 Request for Proposal

FY2021 CPL Funding Schedule

Questions? Please email lscplgrants.dnr@state.mn.us for more information.

Post on: 10/22/2020

Rural MN Equity Summit - 11/16-17

November 16-17, 9am-12pm 

Online only 

Hosted by: UMN Extension and the Greater Mankato Diversity Council 

Cost: $50; sponsorships available. 

Learn more and register: https://extension.umn.edu/event/2020-rural-mn-equity-summit?fbclid=IwAR1Qyg5D8xt4vr2dij14w_5DbAxyY6GUCd3F3sjveasiJsmzoGeIWkbHX2A 

Post on: 10/19/2020

Webinar: Electrifying City Fleets 10/27

Electrifying City Fleets

Oct 27th,  noon - 2pm CT

Virtual

This webinar will explore the key considerations for cities adopting electric vehicles into their fleets with commitments to go all-electric.

Learn more and RSVP https://forthmobility.org/events/electrifying-city-fleets 

Post on: 10/14/2020

B3 Benchmarking Updates - webinars 10/20 and 10/29

The B3 Benchmarking tool was recently updated and added some new features! Learn more at the upcoming webinars:

• Tuesday, October 20th at 11:00pm - https://bit.ly/3k0wqbr

• Thursday, October 29th at 3:00pm - https://bit.ly/315OZne

 

What's new? https://mn.b3benchmarking.com/ReleaseNotes

Related to: Energy, Resources, Education
Post on: 10/14/2020

Clean Transportation Pilot Funding Program

MnDOT’s new Clean Transportation Pilot will provide up to $2 million annually in grants to pilot, test, and increase adoption of clean transportation technologies, especially where cost is a barrier to implementation. Grant amounts will range from $25,000 to $500,000 and require a 20% match.  No match is required for tribal governments.

In order to meet Minnesota’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets outlined in the Next Generation Energy Act, we need to identify clean transportation technologies that work for different communities throughout the state, especially outside the Twin Cities Metro.  The goal of the Clean Transportation Pilot program is to help communities around the state demonstrate how clean transportation technologies can meet their business needs and reduce carbon pollution. Successful projects will incorporate resilient design features; be responsive to economic disruptions; expand access to clean transportation technologies, especially in smaller and/or rural communities; and bring equity into project siting and user benefits, especially for communities of color and low-income residents.

The grants are available to local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, schools, tribal governments, and Minnesota non-profits.

 

Qualifying activities include projects that do the following:

  • Increase the use of vehicles or fuels that reduce GHG emissions compared to traditional gasoline and diesel combustion engines.
  • Support infrastructure or systems that avoid or reduce transportation GHG emissions. Examples include, but are not limited to, shifting single-occupancy vehicle trips to other modes, reducing peak trip demand, advancing complete streets programs, increasing the availability of electric vehicles (EVs) and charging facilities, promote low carbon/advance biofuels, and other similar efforts.
  • Demonstrate innovative uses or add commercially available clean transportation technologies in new or underserved communities.
  • Help overcome barriers to new technology adoption in Minnesota, such as operability during winter months.
  • Demonstrate how clean transportation technologies can be scaled up to serve a larger markets or larger numbers of users.
  • Expand knowledge and understanding of clean transportation technologies in communities that may have less experiences with these technologies.

 

Next Steps

  • October 26, 2020 – Pre-solicitation informational meeting
  • November 2, 2020 – Submission period of letters of interest begins
  • December 7, 2020 – Letters of interest due
  • December 21, 2020 – MnDOT announces applicants selected for full application
  • February 15, 2021 – Full applications due
  • March 15, 2021* – MnDOT announces applicants selected to receive FY21 funding
  • April 15, 2021* – Applicant grant agreements with MnDOT completed

These dates may need to be adjusted. Applicants will be informed of any delays.

For additional information, please visit the Clean Transportation Pilot Funding Program website, which includes a Program Guide with application details. 

Post on: 10/13/2020

Solar-for-Vouchers Program

The Solar-for-Vouchers Program provides technical assistance to help multifamily rental property owners install solar panels and reduce their energy costs. Property owners can take advantage of the savings resulting from this technical assistance in exchange for a commitment to rent some of their units at market rates to Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program participants.

Info sessions: 

  • October 29, 2020, 9:00–10:30 a.m.

  • November 19, 2020, 9:00–10:30 a.m.

Learn more and RSVP

Post on: 10/13/2020

Safe Routes to School Grants - due Oct. and Nov.

Safe Routes Boost Grants for programmatic funding now available

Safe Routes to School Boost grants are an answer to your SRTS programmatic/non-infrastructure needs! Through these grant awards, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will support communities with existing SRTS plans or other SRTS programs, in advancing non-infrastructure strategies for schools that support Minnesota youth  by helping students safely, confidently and conveniently walk, bike and roll to school and in daily life. New this year the application will use community data to help better prioritize funds for schools with low income and students of color, as well as utilize community context for areas unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists. 

Grant application closes at noon on Nov. 25. SRTS Boost grant awardees are intended to begin work in March 2021, completing work by June 2021.

SRTS Boost Grants Informational Webinar
Nov. 2at 11 a.m.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Join the meeting through the link or email the SRTS coordinator for more information here.

 

SRTS Planning Assistance funding now available

SRTS plans have been used to engage community stakeholders to successfully identify barriers and opportunities for youth to walk and bicycle to school and to leverage significant investments in infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions. Now is your chance to bring these improvements to your community!

MnDOT’s Planning Assistance Grants provide planning expertise and plan development support to schools. Planning is completed by the local regional development organization, metropolitan planning organization or the statewide SRTS planning consultant team. MnDOT will contract directly with the planning organizations and consultant. In alignment with our five year strategic plan, we will be directing funds to priority populations that include individuals, groups and communities who are more likely to rely on walking, biking or transit for transportation; are more vulnerable to unsafe traffic conditions; or have suffered historic disinvestment in safe, comfortable walking and biking infrastructure.

Grant application closes at noon on Nov. 25. Planning efforts will commence in August 2021 through June 2021.

SRTS Planning Assistance Grants Informational Webinar

Oct 15 at 10 a.m.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Join the meeting through the link below or email the SRTS coordinator for more information here.

 

SRTS infrastructure solicitation now open for greater Minnesota

Minnesota communities, schools and their partners are invited to apply for funding on local projects that enhance transportation safety goals around schools.

The Transportation Alternatives Solicitation is a competitive grant opportunity for local communities and regional agencies in greater Minnesota to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more. Minnesota will be soliciting projects that has historically had over $6 million available in grant funding across the state where the total is shared between the seven area transportation partnerships. Greater Minnesota applicants must submit a letter of intent by Oct. 31 describing the key components of their project. A regional representative will contact applicants to help review the project proposal and the steps necessary for delivering a federally funded project prior to local communities and regional agencies submitting a full grant application.

For grant details see the Transportation Alternatives website.

Post on: 10/07/2020

Our Minnesota Climate - Engagement Survey

The Climate Engagement Team of the Governor's Climate Sub-cabinet is seeking input from all Minnesotans to help with priority setting around their work.

The climate of Minnesota is changing. In the past several decades, our state has seen substantial warming that is most pronounced during winter and at night, increased precipitation, and heavier downpours. An overwhelming base of scientific evidence projects that Minnesota’s climate will see additional, significant changes through the end of this century. 

To address the climate crisis, the Governor’s Climate Engagement Team needs ideas and participation from a broad spectrum of Minnesotans from all parts of the state. Help shape the Climate Change Subcabinet's priorities and approach to climate change engagement. Please complete this 5-10 minute survey to communicate which issues affect you the most, how you'd like to be involved in this work, and to share your ideas for building momentum for climate action in Minnesota.

Take the Survey

Please help us spread the word. The Climate Engagement Team would love to hear from a wide range of Minnesotans.

Post on: 10/01/2020