Result

Bill makes it easier to install solar on public buildings.

In May 2012, a bipartisan group of legislators passed an Environment Minnesota-backed bonding bill that makes it easier to install solar on schools, hospitals and other public buildings. The provision will allow public building projects financed by bonding to use 5% of the project cost for solar power technology. And best of all, a "Made in Minnesota" provision will help local solar businesses manufacture this technology right here in Minnesota. This isn't just a victory for solar power and the environment—it's also a victory for Minnesota's economy.

Result

10,000 petitions delivered to protect Boundary Waters

Environment Minnesota staff delivered nearly 10,000 petition signatures to the Environmental Protection Agency urging it to reject applications for toxic sulfide mines near the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior. Read more.

Result

Renewable electricity standard passed

Minnesota is one step closer to a clean energy economy, thanks to the efforts of our staff and members. In 2007, we successfully campaigned to pass a 25 percent Renewable Electricity Standard. Because of that legislation our wind power capacity has quadrupled, and costs to consumers have gone down.

Result

The biggest clean water victory in a decade.

Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, and all of our waterways, will soon be better protected than they have been in a decade, thanks to new guidelines that we helped win. Over the last decade, Supreme Court decisions left more than half of Minnesota's streams vulnerable to pollution—the same streams that feed and filter our lakes. Along with our allies, we delivered more than 170,000 public comments in support of clean water. And thanks to our efforts, the Obama administration is moving to finalize guidelines that will restore Clean Water Act protections to many of our waterways.

Result

Standing up for the Boundary Waters.

When a dangerous new type of mining, called sulfide mining, threatened to pollute the pristine Boundary Waters wilderness with sulfuric acid, we took action. Environment Minnesota played a vital role in the coalition effort to block any proposed mines by talking with tens of thousands of Minnesotans to build support for EPA action to protect them. Now, out-of-state mining companies have redoubled their efforts, but we'll be there to fight their polluting mines every step of the way.

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