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Miikawaadenim-To Be Beautiful

Welcome to this edition of Firelight: Wisdom to Support & Inspire! This edition of Firelight is written by Winona Laduke who shares reflections on co-creating a more kind and beautiful Northland, Minnesota, nation, and world. This Month’s Curator: Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous Economics, Food and…

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Tickets now live for Climate Justice Night 2020!

We’re excited to announce that our 2020 celebration and fundraiser will be held at the Science Museum on March 5th, and tickets are now live! We warmly invite you for a hearty meal and inspiring program, featuring Dr. Raj Sethuraju of Metro State University as emcee, along with poet and educator Louis Alemayehu, MNIPL staff member Analyah Schlaeger…

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Reflections on a new decade

Staring at a frozen lake and reflecting on the beginning of a new year, I’m keenly aware of how lucky I am. Staying at my husband’s family cabin in Northern Minnesota has become a much-loved New Years tradition, starting the year playing with nieces and nephews (a photo of their snow fort below!), catching up…

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Bob Blake Appointed to Governor’s Workforce Development Board

Congratulations to MNIPL staff member Bob Blake of Red Lake Nation on his appointment to Governor Walz’s Workforce Development Board! Bob started one of Minnesota’s first minority-owned solar companies, Solar Bear. He brings experience creating job opportunities for diverse communities in the solar industry. Bob played a key role in launching the Returning Relatives Initiative, a prison-to-solar…

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Clean Cars for Minnesota: Submit your comment by December 6th

Minnesota’s largest source of carbon pollution isn’t power plants – it’s our transportation sector. Earlier this fall, Governor Walz announced a major initiative to address this problem, rolling out Clean Car Standards to reduce emissions, protect public health, and help Minnesotans save on energy costs. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is gathering public feedback on…

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MNIPL is hiring! Solar Outreach Manager

We are hiring! MNIPL is currently accepting applications for our Solar Outreach Manager position. Application review begins November 25th; position open until filled. To apply, send resume and cover letter to [email protected] Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light Solar Outreach Manager Created: November 5, 2019 JOB DESCRIPTION The Solar Outreach Manager will engage a dynamic market with innovative…

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Support Cleaner Cars in Minnesota

Minnesota’s getting ready to make a change. Governor Tim Walz recently announced the Minnesota Clean Car Standards, a set of administrative rules aimed at reducing air pollution and carbon emissions from vehicles. This is an important step in cutting our dependence on fossil fuels and improving the health of our communities. And it’s only moving…

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Community Solar Opportunities for Southern Minnesota

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light is partnering with Minnesota based solar provider Cooperative Energy Futures to offer subscriptions to community solar gardens in southern Minnesota. Cooperative Energy Futures is committed to making locally produced clean energy accessible to all no matter their income. Upfront costs are only $25 and no on-site installation is necessary. Xcel…

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My testimony on Xcel Energy’s 15-year plan

MNIPL Board Member John Dunlop delivered this testimony a public hearing on Xcel Energy’s proposed 15-year plan in St. Cloud, MN on October 23, 2019. The outcome of Xcel’s 15-Year Energy Plan or (IRP) will determine whether this 70% of Xcel’s power will be replaced with more nuclear, fracked natural gas, and monopoly-owned wind and…

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Second Annual Gathering at the Headwaters

Following the Global Climate Strike, MNIPL, the RISE Coalition, and Honor the Earth camped out by the Headwaters of the Mississippi River for our second annual weekend-long community Gathering and prayer circle. Some of us packed up our bags and drove up in the afternoon right after the strike on September 20th, setting up tents…

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