Oct
16
2006

Take the Minnesota Energy Challenge


MN Energy Challenge: Website here.

Save money. Save our planet.

I just signed up for the "Minnesota Energy Challenge". By pledging to reduce my energy use in specific ways, I will reduce CO2 emmissions and save dollars. I was given the option of adding my savings to a team of participants. I chose Saint Paul (which is beating Minneapolis 2905 to 2692 tons of CO2 saved). I wish the Science Museum of Minnesota had a team. I think it would be neat to have our staff, members, and visitors demonstrate that they are willing to "become the change they envision"(Ghandi). You can join up on the mnenergychallenge.org website.

The Minnesota Energy Challenge is a statewide initiative, developed by the Center for Energy and Environment" (CEE), to encourage every homeowner, renter, business owner, educator, worship leader, city manager and student to reduce their electricity and energy use. CEE has projected that a 2 percent annual reduction in electricity energy use will eliminate the need to build more coal-fired energy plants in Minnesota.

There is a meeting tonight(Oct. 16)

Minneapolis newscaster, Don Shelby, will be speaking at 7:30 p.m.

  • October 16, 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Hale Elementary School
  • 1220 54th Street E, Minneapolis

In addition to introducing the energy challenge, displays and demonstrations will cover topics such as energy-saving light bulbs, programmable thermostats, energy audits, high-efficiency furnaces, project financing, tax incentives, and preparing the home for the heating season. The first 500 attendees at each fair will receive free light bulbs, and there will be activities for the kids.

Thankyou missgo76 for alerting me about this on the Energista website.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Here is a map to Hale Elementary School. Maybe I will see you there tonight.

posted on Mon, 10/16/2006 - 4:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what does any of this have to do with the science museum of minnesota...or science in general?

posted on Sat, 12/23/2006 - 5:08pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I think science includes understanding the impact certain actions have on outcomes. Last Wednesday when I was volunteering at the science museum, we noticed water leaking out from under the refrigerator in the workroom. When I removed the vent cover to see if the drip pan was overflowing, I discovered it was full of lint and that the heat exchanger was extemely clogged with dust and lint. I am ashamed to admit that during a major cleaning day last week, not one of us thought to vacuum the coils on our refrigerator. If someone at the science museum took responsability to do this to all of the museums heat exchangers I believe it would save hundreds of dollars and also would have an impact on global warming and toxic emissions. The fuel not burned will also be available to future generations.
The energy challenge is set up in a way that we can become aware of what can be done, then do it, showing others what a difference our actions have on the environment.
As of today, 21 people have joined the Science Museum team. Their combined lifestyle changes have prevented 124,027 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions and saved $9,457 in energy costs.

posted on Sun, 12/24/2006 - 1:03pm

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