Sustainability Resources

Energy Conservation

Center for Energy and Environment
Minnesota-based nonprofit organization that promotes the responsible use of natural and economic resources..

The Home Energy Resource, MN
All about saving energy in the Minnesota home. Resources include how a house works and a calendar of home maintenance tasks.

Minnesota Department of Commerce: Energy: Consumers
Resources for consumers to make their homes energy efficient.

Minnesota Department of Commerce: Energy: Stay Warm Minnesota Consumer information regarding energy efficiency, heating safety, and financial assistance programs.

The Minnesota Energy Challenge
This is a great place to increase your awareness of personal consumption and to identify opportunities to conserve. Fill out a survey about your energy consumption and join many other Minnesotans in making a difference.

MN Power, The Power of One
Resource guide for the homeowner. Includes tips for energy conservation in the home and specific information on how to make decisions on investing in energy conservation improvements to your home.

US Department of Energy: Energy Saver
Energy saving tips for the home and office, vehicle use, rebates on energy efficient products, and many other resources.

US Energy Information Administration: Energy Kids
An excellent tool for kids interested in learning about energy..

US Energy Information Administration: FAQ
Lots of fun facts about energy consumption based upon real numbers.

Recycling Locally

City of Minneapolis
Recycling guidance for city residents

City of St. Paul
Recycling guidance for city residents

Eureka Recycling
A zero-waste organization located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul with a wide range of initiatives focusing on reuse, recycling, composting, waste reduction, producer responsibility, and more.

Hennepin County: Environment, Recycling and Trash
A-Z disposal guide; reduce, reuse, recycle advice; household hazardous waste and recycling drop-off sites.

Ramsay County: Recycling and Trash
A-Z Disposal Guide; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Advice; Trash Information

Recycling: General Information

Environmental services company that addresses solutions for products' end-of-life for both businesses and consumers.

Recycling Association of Minnesota
Organization that promotes resource conservation through waste prevention, reuse, recycling, composting, and purchasing practices using the most cost effective and environmentally sound methods available in Minnesota.

US Environmental Protection Agency: Recycling
Recycling facts, figures, suggestions, and information

Recycling Plastics

American Chemistry Council: Plastics
Industry perspective on plastics

Ecology Center
Common misconceptions about recycling plastic.

US Environmental Protection Agency: Plastic
Information on plastic recycling as well as plastic manufacturing and resin codes.


Wall Street Journal
Article by Mara Lemos Stein and Noreen S. Malik, October 18, 2010.

World Centric
Background information on compostable plastic. World Centric is a business that provides compostable food service disposables and food packaging products.


Conservation Minnesota
Advocacy organization working to strengthen government conservation policies and raise public awareness of conservation legislation in Minnesota.

Council of Great Lakes Governors: Great Lake Water Management Initiative
Outlines a 2005 international agreement that provides protections for the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin.

Metropolitan Council: Water Conservation Toolbox

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: Water
Everything about Minnesota water.

University of Minnesota Extension: Protecting Our Water
Best shoreland management practices.

Water Legacy
Citizens group organized to respond to the threat of sulfide mining in Minnesota.

Water. Use it wisely
Water conservation tips for at home

Water Conservation at Home from
This link was suggested by a group of local middle schoolers excited about conservation. Thanks!
Aimed at kids - this article explains the basics of needing to conserve water and includes lots of links to more water conservation resources for kids and adults.