Result

Protecting Minnesota’s waterways and wildlife.

In 2008, voters overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. This dedicated funding helps protect waterways, parks and wildlife habitat across the state. Environment Minnesota worked with a coalition of over 200 environmental, conservation and other organizations to talk to thousands of Minnesotans and make sure the amendment passed. We are now working to make sure the funds are used effectively to protect Minnesota's environment.

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At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward for clean cars.

On July 29th, 2011, President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025. The new standards will require new cars to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 miles per galllon, which will amount to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming. Thousands of our members helped seal the deal by emailing the White House and attending EPA hearings in support of the standards.

Result

Mercury pollution from power plants cut by 90%.

Minnesota's power plants will release 90 percent less mercury pollution into our air and water under new EPA standards we supported—great news for Minnesota's families, given mercury's toxic effects on how our kids think, learn and behave. Together with our national coalition, we helped mobilize more than 800,000 people across the country to contact the EPA in support of safer emissions standards—no other EPA rule has ever received so much support.

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Putting solar to work for Minnesota.

Minnesota has more solar potential than Germany—the world's clean energy leader. We're part of a statewide coalition of more than 150 businesses and non-profits working to unleash that potential. We've helped introduce legislation that will ensure Minnesota gets 10 percent of its energy from solar by 2030. Solar energy is the future, and Environment Minnesota is leading the way.

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.

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