Fresh Energy is making sure Minnesota and our region move quickly toward a clean energy future. Help us accelerate this transition with these tips for action.
Youth Climate Strike, 9/20/19: Stand with Minnesota youth as they demand meaningful action on climate. On September 20, youth around the globe are leading strikes to urge lawmakers and leaders worldwide to take action to swiftly decarbonize our economy. The Saint Paul rally will take place from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, beginning at the Western Sculpture Park (387 Marion Street, Saint Paul, MN 55103) and heading to the Minnesota Capitol. Show up to support our youth and amplify their voices—all ages are encouraged to attend. More information can be found on their Facebook event page.
Volunteer: Fresh Energy is seeking volunteers to provide support at our upcoming Benefit Breakfast on the morning of Wednesday, October 2, 2019. This annual event raises critical funds that power Fresh Energy’s work to drive policies to reduce carbon emissions and create a clean energy future for generations of Minnesotans. Contact Leigh Onkka for more information: email@example.com or 651 726 7572.
Your voice: Your input matters! Here are current energy and transportation forums open for public comment and/or your attendance:
- The City of Saint Paul has developed a Climate Action & Resilience Draft Plan. The draft plan (full version here) focuses on achieving carbon neutrality in city operations by 2030, and citywide by 2050. And they’d like to hear from you! What policy and regulatory actions should the City take to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the changing climate? Submit your feedback here.
- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking your public comments on how to spend $23.5 million from the Volkswagen diesel emission settlement. Fresh Energy is advocating for the replacement of diesel buses with clean, electric alternatives. Take their online survey. It’s just 10 questions, and should take about 5 minutes to complete. Learn more about why electric transportation is better for our public health and air quality.
Most importantly, be sure to contact your legislator. Let them know who you are and that you care about Minnesota’s transition to clean energy.
Your transportation: Embrace biking and walking, if accessible to you. Utilize transit options whenever possible and encourage your elected officials to advocate for electric buses. If you drive, consider replacing your gas-powered car with a new or used electric vehicle—depending on your utility and electricity source, it will reduce your carbon emissions by 50 to 95 percent. When flying, strongly consider purchasing carbon offsets.
Your home: Look at new options for heating and cooling with clean electricity. In Minnesota, you may be eligible to sign up for community solar or participate in a utility-sponsored renewable electricity program, like Xcel Energy’s Renewable*Connect or Windsource program. Power with solar by putting panels on your own roof, if financially feasible.
When considering upgrades to your home’s HVAC system, ask about an air source heat pump, sometimes called a mini-split.
Swap out your gas-powered stove or cook top for an electric induction version. It’s healthier for you and the planet.
Use less energy at peak times, between 4 – 7 PM. Keep an eye out for opportunities to participate in a time-of-day electricity rate pilot, if your utility offers it.
Switch to super-efficient appliances and light bulbs.
Consider swapping out your gas-powered yard equipment for electric—lawn mowers, leaf blowers and garden trimmers all have electric equivalents.
Learn from others. See how families across the state have made clean energy changes in their own lives. Read their stories.
Stay connected. Big decisions on closing coal plants, investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and building codes are coming this year. Join our monthly newsletter for the latest news. Be sure to also follow along on Twitter and Facebook.