Building energy efficiency workshop March 29

Posted by Bruce Anderson, March 25th , 2007.

Plan now to attend “Building Energy Efficiency 101: Cost-Effective Home Energy Saving Strategies for the 21st Century” Thursday, March 29th from 7 to 9 PM in the Northfield Public Library meeting room. This will be the first in a series of workshops sponsored by Northfield EnergySmart BuildingWorks, an initiative of RENew Northfield and the Northfield Area Foundation.3.04 kW PV array

Workshop attendees will learn from local builders and other experts how to cost-effectively save energy and money whether you are building a new home or living in a drafty 19th-century Victorian. State-of-the-art building techniques and technologies will be covered, as well as utility and government financial incentives. Case studies on several new homes and older home retrofits will detail the energy efficiency and renewable energy steps taken and actual energy saving results.

The workshop will be repeated on Saturday, April 7 from noon to 2 PM in the same location. Future workshops planned include
•May 2 (repeated June 2): Incorporating Renewable Energy Systems into Your Energy-Efficient Building: Geothermal, Solar and Small Wind Systems
•July 10 (repeated August 11): Putting It All Together: Cost-Effective Zero Energy Homes

For more information, contact us.

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Malt-O-Meal Employee Energy Fair encourages efficiency, renewables

Posted by Bruce Anderson, July 14th , 2006.

Malt-O-Meal held its first Employee Energy Fair this Tuesday and Wednesday at the Campbell Mill facility on west Highway 19. About 400 employees spent part of their break time learning about energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities at a number of demonstration tables (vendors, RENew Northfield, the Southeast Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Team, and the State Energy Office). They were enticed by M-O-M’s generous offer of a free energy-saving compact fluorescent lightbulb to any employee who stopped by the fair.

Free CFLs being handed out by Katie Gillispie

The fair was organized by M-O-M employees Bob Johnston, Katie Gillispie (above) and Lee Dilley (below).

Lee Dilley with SE CERTs display


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Massive Bridge Square traffic jam caused by convergence of bikers, walkers, vanpoolers, carpoolers and telecommuters on Bike/Walk to Work Day!

Posted by Bruce Anderson, May 19th , 2006.

(Just kidding!)

However, there WAS a steady flow of bikers, walkers, carpoolers, vanpoolers and telecommuters stopping by to drink coffee, munch doughnuts (provided by Ross Currier of the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation), and share stories of why they have given up solo driving to work. All are local heroes who are reducing their environmental footprint and saving money by driving less and using creative transportation alternatives.

A few of the local heroes who stopped by:

Karen Anderson rides around town to run errands from her home in the south part of town. She reported having ridden 23.6 miles on errands already this week as of this morning.

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Bike/Walk to Work Day

Posted by Bruce Anderson, May 11th , 2006.

Northfielders are invited to join commuters around the state next Friday, May 19, for Bike/Walk to Work Day. Northfield is one of a number of communities statewide hosting events to encourage alternatives to solo driving to work.

Bike lane

Biking, walking, mass transit, carpools, vanpools and telecommuting are all viable local options which can save money and energy and ease traffic congestion.


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Park and Rec Advisory Board to hear about bike/pedestrian opportunities

Posted by Bruce Anderson, May 5th , 2006.

Bill Ostrem, Anne Bretts and I had the opportunity to take in the Center for Transportation and the Environment’s teleconference on “Bicycle/Pedestrian Planning Strategies: From SAFETEA-LU to Safe Routes to School.” Panelists made a very compelling case that encouraging biking and walking as viable transit options is an integral part of creating healthy, livable communities, and is good environmental, health and economic policy. The teleconference will be archived and will be viewable online or by ordering a DVD.

Thanks to Ross Currier of the NDDC for arranging use of the Carleton Language Center satellite downlink facility, and Cynthia Shearer of the Language Center for handling the technical side of the connection.

The teleconference provided excellent background information for a first discussion with the Northfield Park and Recreation Advisory Board concerning steps the community can take to become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Anne Bretts and I will be making a brief presentation and discussing next steps with the PRAB at their meeting next Tuesday evening at City Hall (7 p.m., 2nd floor conference room).


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