Hello friends and neighbors THANKS so much for joining us on Sunday! –

Here are our action resources, the events calendar and event program.  We will post the presentations soon.  THANKS – the Event Planning Team

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Eden Prairie Congregations Clean Energy Forum 

Sunday March 11 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Pax Christi Catholic Community

12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Inspiring our members and neighbors to take simple actions to save money and energy, expand solar and wind and help meet our city’s energy goals

Co-hosted by Eden Prairie Congregations Caring for Creation – Pax Christi Catholic Community, St. Andrew Lutheran, Immanuel Lutheran, Wooddale Church –more congregations are welcome to co-host!  FREE EVENT Please RSVP Thanks!

learn more at  www.allianceforsustainability.com/edenprairieforum

FACEBOOK EVENT  Please share with others! Thanks!

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Action Pledge Card  Resources (below)

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1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Resource Tables

2:00 p.m. Presentations

Welcome and overview of Pax Christi’s sustainability initiatives (and of other congregations) Ken Reineccius, Director of Operations, Pax Christi

Meteorologist Paul Douglas – co-author with Mitch Mescox of Caring for Creation: The Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment. Our moral mandate to pay attention to a rapidly changing climate. Benefits of shifting to a clean energy economy. The importance of congregations, businesses and cities taking action.

City of Eden Prairie Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens and Eden Prairie Conservation Commission volunteers – Update on Eden Prairie’s Energy Goals and Action Plan – steps needed to meet Eden Prairie’s city-wide energy goals. simple steps businesses and residents can take to save money & energy & expand solar and wind.

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p. m. – Resources to save money and energy at home

Action Invitation, Resource Tables and Small group conversations on how to engage your friends in your congregation or school to take these steps

Co-hosted by Eden Prairie Congregations Caring for Creation – Pax Christi Catholic Community, St. Andrew Lutheran, Immanuel Lutheran, Wooddale Church –more congregations are welcome to co-host!  FREE EVENT Please RSVP Thanks!

ACTION PLEDGES AND RESOURCE TABLES

Calculate your CO2 Foot print www.coolclimate.berkeley.edu/calculator

Save Money and Energy at Home

Home Energy Squad – sign up for a home visit!
Receive $600 value of goods and services for $100 ($50 subsidy from some cities)
A joint program offered by Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy to help customers reduce energy use. Learn more and get started. www.homeenergysquad.net
MN Center for Energy & Environment – Stacy Boots Camp, Residential Program Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator 612-244-2429 sbootscamp@mncee.org www.mncee.org

Light up your Home for Less – where to buy long lasting, low cost LED bulbs for specific needs www.xcelenergy.com/programs_and_rebates/residential_programs_and_rebates/lighting

Recycle your old refrigerator MN electric customers can receive $50 (normally $35) when you take advantage of our spring BONUS rebate (available between March 1 and May 31, 2018, to qualifying customers). Call 800-599-5795 to schedule your FREE pickup.

Save Money & Energy with your Business

Business Programs & Rebates – partner with Xcel Energy to reduce your energy costs. www.xcelenergy.com/programs_and_rebates/business_programs_and_rebates

Lighting Retrofits – One-Stop Efficiency Shop for small businesses (400 kilowatts/mo. or less)
www.mncee.org/services/commercial-programs/one-stop-efficiency-shop%C2%AE-lighting-retrofits

Sign up for Renewable Electricity

Windsource® is a program that allows customers to pay a little extra every month
(about $5) to get some or all of their energy from renewable resources.
www.xcelenergy.com/windsource and the new Renewable*Connect program

Community Solar Gardens – No need to have your own solar panels; anyone can save energy costs by subscribing to a cooperative solar array.
MN Interfaith Power and Light – Just Solar Coalition www.mnipl.org
Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF) www.cooperativeenergyfutures.com
Roof Top Solar – All Energy Solar, Saint Paul-based solar providers dedicated to making it easy and economical for Minnesotans to achieve energy independence. Learn if your home or business property qualifies for cost-effective solar. Sarah Whebbe, (651) 788-2175 sarah.whebbe@allenergysolar.com More info at www.allenergysolar.com

Explore New Ways to Move and Reduce Air Travel

Smart Commuting – Live close to work, Take the Bus, BRT or LRT, Telecommute, Carpool, biking – Commuter Services www.494corridor.org
Biking/Walking – 30 days of biking www.30daysofbiking.com Bike MN www.bikemn.org
Cars – Eco-Driving, Maintain Vehicles, Trip Bundling, Buy an Efficient Vehicle or Hybrid.
Electric Vehicles – Make your next vehicle an E.V. – great new and used car options
MN Plug in Connect www.pluginconnect.com/mnpevmodels.html
– I’m ready to buy a PEV, who should I talk to: www.EVSalesPro.com
– Talk with existing owners: www.pluginconnect.com/mnpevowners.html
– How can my utility company help: www.MNCharging.org
– I live in an apartment building or a condominium: www.MultiHousingCharging.com
– How could I get charging at my workplace: www.WorkplaceCharging.com
– How can I find public charging: www.PlugShare.com
– Are EVs really cleaner and affordable: www.CarbonCounter.com

Form a Green Team to Involve Others

SIMPLE STEPS- TO LAUNCH A GREEN TEAM –  WWW.ALLIANCEFORSUSTAINABILITY.COM/GREENTEAMS

1. FIND A BUDDY (CO-CHAIR) THEN SUPPORT OTHER VOLUNTEERS TO GET INVOLVED BASED ON THEIR PASSIONS/INTERESTS

2. GREEN YOUR BUILDING AND GROUNDS – SAVE ENERGY, REDUCE WASTE AND CONSERVE WATER WITH YOUR BUILDING,

3. SUPPORT INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS AT HOME –  INVITE YOUR MEMBERS OR NEIGHBORS TO TAKE THE ACTIONS ON OUR PLEDGE CARD.

4. CONNECT FOR MUTUAL SUPPORT AND GREATER IMPACT – MEET UP WITH OTHER GREEN TEAMS FOR MUTUAL ENCOURAGEMENT AND TO WORK TOGETHER TO HELP ACHIEVE YOUR CITY’S SUSTAINABILITY GOALS.

Alliance for Sustainability – Linking citizens and cities for sustainable, resilient communities.
Sean Gosiewski, Executive Director, 612-250-0389 sean@afors.org

  • We are happy to find a time meet with you at your congregation, school, business, condo association or neighborhood to explore ways that you and your team-mates can launch or strengthen your green team.
  • Sustainability Coalitions and Commissions – Alliance staff and volunteer mentors are supporting teams of volunteers in 40 metro cities to work with neighborhoods, schools and students, congregations, and businesses to help their cities to set and achieve community-wide energy and resilience goals www.allianceforsustainability.com/resilientcommunities
  • MN Resilient Cities Coalition – Alliance staff are supporting elected leaders, city staff and commission volunteers to 40 metro cities to work together to achieve community-wide energy and resilience goals www.allianceforsustainability.com/resilientcities

Be an Active Citizen and/or Resident

Help with Hands-On Projects – Conservation Minnesota contact John Anderson, 612-767-1571 johna@conservationminnesota.org

City Level Policy 

Support your city to set community wide energy goals  (wedge tool) www.regionalindicatorsmn.com/energy-planning

I Matter Youth Larry Kraft – Mentor / Director 952 715-7535 larry@imatteryouth.org  www.imatteryouth.org

Ready for 100 – Sierra Club Patty O’Keefe (c) 952-221-3977 (w) 612-259-2450 patty.okeefe@sierraclub.org Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign is working cities to commit to 100% renewable energy. www.sierraclub.org/ready-for-100

State Level Policy 

MN Environmental Partnership www.mepartnership.org  Ask our legislature to double our MN renewable energy standard from 25% to 50% by 2030

Federal Policy

MN Citizens Climate Lobby – meets monthly. Visitors welcome! www.citizensclimatelobby-mn.org/ Supporting our Representatives to join the bi-partisan climate solutions caucus

·  Eden Prairie – 2nd Sat – 11:45 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran– Pat Middeke pjinep@yahoo.com

·  Chaska – Thurs after 2nd Sat (March 15) – 7:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hill Presb

·  Edina – 2nd Sat – 11:45 a.m. Edina Community Library or Lunds/Byerly’s 7171 France

·  Bloomington – 2nd Sat – 11:45 a.m. at Izaak Walton League at 6601 Auto Club Road

Form a Green Team to Involve Others

Alliance for Sustainability Sean Gosiewski, Executive Director, 612-250-0389 sean@afors.org Linking citizens and cities for sustainable, resilient communities.

We are happy to find a time meet with you at your congregation, school, business, condo association or neighborhood to explore ways that you and your team-mates can launch or strengthen your green team.

Sustainability Coalitions and Commissions – Alliance staff and volunteer mentors are supporting teams of volunteers in 40 metro cities to work with neighborhoods, schools and students, congregations, and businesses to help their cities to set and achieve community-wide energy and resilience goals www.allianceforsustainability.com/resilientcommunities