Aug

20

Cedar Summit Farm Prevails in CapX2020 Transmission Battle

“People need electricity; we realize this,” Florence Minar said. “But it’s just a matter of fairness. And if you have to buy a farmer out, give them a fair payment so he can go set up somewhere else without fighting about it, or without telling him he doesn’t deserve it.” Post by Duane Ninneman, Executive Director and the Director of Climate & Energy.

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Feb

19

Dan Handeen on Thinking Systemically and Net Zero Energy Homes

Growing up on a farm in Western Minnesota, Dan Handeen, now a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center of Sustainable Building Research, spent plenty of time running around in the woods like a wild child. Post by Ariel Herrod, CURE Watershed Sustainability Program Coordinator.

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Feb

19

3 MN River Valley Counties May Host Solar Farms

In 2013, the number of solar jobs increased by 73% in Minnesota according to a report released by the Solar Foundation this month. That is good news for renewable energy advocates who worked hard in 2013 to pass new solar laws for Minnesota to ensure the health of our environment, people, and economy. Post by Sarina Otaibi, CURE Director of Communications & Engagement.

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Feb

03

Good News, Bad News: The 2014 Farm Bill

As the negotiations for the 2014 Farm Bill came to a close, we heard plenty about crop subsidies and food stamps, but the bill that passed in the House last Wednesday also included funding for renewable energy and conservation programs. Granted, this is only about 7% of the budget, but it still has significant implications for our landscape. Blog post by Ariel Herrod, CURE Watershed Sustainability Program Coordinator.

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Jan

21

It’s good to have a plan.

“In 2014, CURE will be a well-run, high-functioning, impactful organization that clearly communicates its mission and goals to its funders, supporters, and the public.” Nonprofits love this kind of language, and for CURE, the intent is sincere. It underpins our work. But let’s spell it out. CURE has a user-friendly, three-part work plan for 2014. […]

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