Supporting Energy & Climate Action with your City

Training for Citizen Volunteers West Metro Jan 19, South Metro Jan 22, East Metro Feb 11

  • West Metro Thurs Jan 19 6:30 to 8:30pm Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305
  • South Metro, Sun Jan 22 3:30pm to 5pm, Caribou/ Einstein Bagels, 3405 Promenade Ave. Eagan, MN 55122
  • East Metro/ St. Croix Valley, Sat Feb 11 1pm pm to 3pm, Family Means, 1875 Northwestern Ave, Stillwater, MN 55082 (tentative, please RSVP)


6:30pm Refreshments and Networking

6:45pm Quick Overviews

  • Our MN State Climate Goals and how cities can help meet them
  • Options for cities to include energy and climate resilience in their comprehensive plans 2017
  • How to get involved with your city’s Comprehensive Plan and
  • How to talk with your City Council member & Commissions
  • Presentation from I-Matter Youth student team from SLP
  • Free resources for cities for energy planning and action
  • Preview of our free April 2017 Planning for Resilient Cities Workshop with Cities in Hennepin Co. to learn from the draft energy plans from St. Louis Park and Eden Prairie

7:30pm Small Group Conversations 

  • Meet with community, youth and commission volunteers from your city to brainstorm possible next steps with your city
  • One on One Role Plays on taking with your Council Member

Meet volunteers from your city at an Alliance meet up in January

Alliance volunteers in 40 metro communities are hosting meet ups at coffee shops in January to brainstorm next steps for supporting their city to include energy, resilience, health & inclusion goals in their comprehensive plans in 2017.  Read more about this fun way to make a difference at

  • Sign up here so we can match you with the volunteer team in your community.

Spring Workshops – in March/April 2017 we will host Resilient Cities Networking Gatherings for City staff, elected leaders and commission & community volunters and youth in Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington county. Staff from cities that have already developed draft energy and resilience plans will share their draft goals and strategies with other cities that want to include energy and resilience  themes in their comprehensive plans. Our volunteer teams in each city will invite elected leaders, city staff and commission volunteers from their city to partcipate in their county’s spring Resilient Cities Gathering.


“Sustainability Forum: Threats and Opportunities”, a free event

Saturday, January 7th, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the

Columbia Heights Library, 3939 Central Ave. NE.

Three 30-minutes presentations will be featured:

  • Mike Conley—The Perfect Storm: Our Sustainability Challenges;
  • Alan Ware—Making the Connection: Overpopulation and Sustainability:
  • Matt Hoiland—Beyond Boom & Bust.

Forum co-sponsors include Sustainability Education Forum-Citizens for Sustainability (, Weathering The Storm (, and World Population Balance ( This is a collaborative pilot project exploring the possibility of creating ongoing study forums addressing a variety of sustainability issues. Since seating is limited seating, please register via e-mail by January 5th: Clif Ware (

Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate 

Screening Party and Q and A with Climate Generation and St. Croix Valley CCL
Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 7 PM
 free event, all are welcome
Oak Marsh Golf Course 526 Inwood Ave N, Oakdale, Minnesota 55128


Join our Community Solar Garden with the Alliance for Sustainability learn more 

  • Save 10% on your energy bills, while helping expand solar in MN
  • Consumer friendly and pollinator friendly community solar gardens

U.S. Clean Energy Fund Crowd funded Solar in Minnesota

CERTS Blog Post  12 ways to save energy this heating season  MN Dept of Commerce


Featured Sustainable Business Partner of the Alliance for Sustainability

We are proud to feature this week our newest Sustainable Business Partner 75F an innovative energy management startup based in Burnsville MN that won a
2016 Tekne Award in the Energy and Clean Tech category. 75F provides affordable solutions to restaurants, offices and retail buildings to increase comfort and reduce energy costs through sensors and cloud based controls for smart HVAC, lighting and Energy Management. By making effective, simple energy managemet systems available to small and medium sized businesses, 75F can be a valuable partner for cities seeking to engage their businesses for energy efficiency.

Water Quality 

Feds slam brakes on copper-nickel mine near Boundary Waters  

Feds say Twin Metals plan poses too big a risk to BWCA. Star Tribune Dec 15

MPCA Interview on Cable 12 News: high salt levels damaging Crystal Lake in Robbinsdale

New: Winter Maintenance Assessment tool (WMAt)
This new web‐based tool will help winter maintenance organizations assess operations, identify opportunities to reduce salt use using proven BMPs and track progress. The goal is to maintain performance while reducing salt use and saving money.  The MPCA partnered with local and state experts in the seven-county metro area to create a plan for effectively managing salt use to protect our water resources while maintaining public needs. Download the free tool at


Bikeable Community Workshops — apply to BikeMN by Jan 9 to host one

A Bikeable Community Workshop trains local, county and regional staff, community leaders and advocates on how to plan and support more Bike Friendly Communities to encourage more people to be on bikes more often in Minnesota. Through discussion, presentations and a short on-bike mobile workshop, participants assess their community’s bicycle facilities to base an action plan on. Target audiences for the workshop include engineers, law enforcement, planners, public health practitioners, school administrators, elected officials, community leaders and advocates.  This is a competitive process, and a limited number of communities will be selected.

Comprehensive Planning

Download the Excellent Power Points from the Met’s Council’s Planit Comprehensive Planning Conference December 13 – They will be posted this week at

Including the Keynote by Julie Campoli, an urban designer and author of Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form, and co-author of Visualizing Density, and Above and Beyond: Visualizing Change in Small Towns and Rural Areas. Julie has developed innovative graphic techniques to help people understand the relationship between design concepts and actual urban environments.

and excellent comp plan workshops Sustainability, Forestry, Water Supply, Transit, Brownfield Development and Affordable housing.

Energy Planning Templates are now available for Cities 

Minnesota’s Local Government Project for Energy Planning (LoGoPEP) builds upon existing efforts to engage local governments in committing actionable strategies for energy and greenhouse gas emissions. LoGoPEP has developed draft Energy Planning Guide Book and a draft Energy Planning Workbook that, when completed, will be available to all Minnesota cities wishing to include energy in their planning documents. Download them at

Community Engagement

GreenStep Cities Workshop January 4th: Community Engagement

9:00am to 11:00am at the League of Minnesota Cities building in Saint Paul.

Join city staff to learn about topics related to the best practices of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program.  RSVP to attend in person or via Webinar
Demographic Change & Population

Minnesota’s changing: Here are key takeaways from new census data
Dec 8, 2016 – MPR Story with Minnesota demographer Susan Brower

  • Minnesota is getting older every year – “It will have impact on labor force, it will have impact on public budgets and a number of different domains of life.”
  • The Minnesota of the future will be even more diverse.
  • Disparities between whites and others continue

Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change? NPR Story August 18 2016
A Philosophy professor cites a study from 2010 that looked at the impact of demographic change on global carbon emissions. It found that slowing population growth could eliminate one-fifth to one-quarter of all the carbon emissions that need to be cut by midcentury to avoid that potentially catastrophic tipping point.
World Population Balance – speakers available –
Conceivable Future – Climate Crisis = Reproductive Justice Crisis

Get ready for Northern Spark

Northern Spark – Climate Chaos, Climate Rising, Open Call – Artworks in Any Medium
Application Deadline: Monday, January 16th at 9pm CST

This is an open call is for all-night projects in any medium for Northern Spark 2017 Climate Chaos | Climate Rising from sunset to sunrise, 8:59 pm-5:26 am. The festival will be held the night June 10th, 2017 along the Light Rail Green Line spanning neighborhoods between Commons Park in Downtown Minneapolis and Union Depot in Lowertown Saint Paul. Up to 75 artist projects will be presented in select neighborhoods along the Green Line: The Commons (US Bank Stadium), Cedar-Riverside (West Bank), U of M – near Weisman Art Museum (East Bank), Little Africa (Snelling Ave), Little Mekong (Western Ave), and Lowertown Saint Paul (Union Depot).


Participant Insights – Oct 24 Planning for Resilient Cities Workshop with the Alliance & MN EQB

Here are the insights & next steps for catalyzing action identified by the 175 staff and commission volunteers from 38 metro cities at our Oct 24 2016 Planning for Resilient Citiess Workshop. Participant Insights on Catalyzing action on Energy, Adaptation, Health/Equity, Transportation

Thanks for considering making a gift supporting the Alliance for Sustainability today for our work with citizen and youth leaders, city staff and local elected leaders in 40 metro cities to support them to envision and work together to build equitable, resilient, healthy and thriving communities powered by renewable energy. Your contribution will be doubled through a generous matching grant!

Now more than ever, it is vital for cities and businesses to lead the way to an equitable and prosperous future powered by renewable energy. The world is counting on us. Will you help us do it?

Thanks for reading!

Sean Gosiewski,
Alliance for Sustainability Executive Director

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