Speaker Presentations


High Performance Buildings and Communities in Minnesota

Working at the community- or district level, planners can make great advances toward energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. John Carmody talks about his work with the Minnesota Design Center for Sustainable Building Research and describes projects in Rochester, Saint Paul


High Performance Buildings and Communities in Minnesota

Dan Thiede of Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) speaks to MRES about the current stae of solar energy in Minnesota, and where things are headed.


Environmental Initiatives -- Toward a Circular Economy

Sam Hanson of Environmental Initiatives describes the group's history of shared success across traditional stakeholder boundaries. Key to their collaborative approach is the ideal of a circular economy, discussed later in the presentation.


MN Solar Industries Association (MnSEIA) Market Segments

MnSEIA policy director David Shaffer talks about solar energy and job growth in Minnesota, and how policy and market forces intersect to boost our economy.


A Sharp: Community Solar Made Easy

Danial Enderton of A Sharp Solar explains how his company website simplifies community solar for customers.


Integrating Community Energy Systems

Nina Axelson of Ever-Green Energy describes how St. Paul's successful District Energy model is helping other projects and communities save on energy costs and be more self-reliant.


Sustainability Solutions are Looking Up

Mayor Peter Lindstrom of Falcon Heights, MN describes how sustainable practices such as solar energy and recycling enhance the quality of life and help the environment for citizens and cities.


LEED and Renewable Energy Overview from Great River Energy

Mark Rathbun of Great River Energy talks about achieving LEED Platinum status with GRE's Maple Grove headquarters, and about present steps and future plans to integrate renewables into the energy mix.


Deep Winter Greenhouses — Passive Solar for Winter Food Production

Dan Handeen discusses a Deep Winter Greenhouse prototype being developed at the University of Minnesota. From the history to the "how-to", Handeen's informative presentation covers winter greenhouses in operation and in development around the midwest and around the world.


Solar and other Renewable Energy at the Metropolitan Council

Jason Willett lays out the benefits of renewable energy to local governments and describes how the Council's own projects have improved environmental outcomes and saved money for Twin Cities Metro Area taxpayers.


Energy Storage in Minnesota and Beyond

Ellen Anderson and Megan Butler of the University of MN Energy Transition Labs discuss the present state of energy storage, in terms of technologies, policies, and energy markets.


Climate Action in 2016

J. Drake Hamilton of FreshEnergy discusses the groundbreaking results of the Paris Climate Accord and how we're making real progress on climate change around the world and here in Minnesota.


State of Solar in Minnesota, November 2015

Alan Wernke of Innovative Power Systems discusses the state of Solar Energy in Minnesota.