CERTS 2009: Harnessing Resources & Teamwork for Minnesota's Energy Future

The CERTS 2009 conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota on February 10-11 will bring together over 500 Minnesotans who are blazing the paths to a clean energy future by working on energy efficiency and clean energy projects in their communities.

Whether you're a farmer, utility representative, school staff, local official, student, business owner, or member of any community; there is a role for you to play. Learn what people are doing across the state, connect, and share resources.

This conference could not come at a more important time. Our economy is hurting, energy prices are on the rise, and the impacts of global warming are becoming increasingly clear. Minnesotans of all stripes want to know what they can do. It just so happens that many of the solutions to our global climate crisis are also the ones that are going to help our economy and our communities thrive.

CERTS 2009 will start with optional In-Depth Workshops on February 10 including Community-Based Energy Development, Accelerating Residential Efficiency, Saving Energy is Smart Business, Creating a Clean Energy School, Best Practices for Local Governments, and Networking for Clean Energy. As a conference sponsor, Windustry is organizing the Community-Based Energy Development workshop covering the business models and economic feasibility of wind for community-based energy development.

The Daylong Conference on February 11 includes tracks on Clean Energy Trailblazers, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Development and Financing, and Expanding our Vision. Sessions will cover wind, solar, biogas, geothermal, manufacturing, green jobs, and much more. Keynote speakers include Randy Udall, former director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency and a leading activist in promoting energy sustainability; Mary Hamann-Roland, President of the League of Minnesota Cities and Mayor of Apple Valley, where she helped create the School of Environmental Studies; and Minnesota Public Radio host Kerri Miller, who will host a Legislative Forum.

By attending CERTS 2009 you can be a part of Minnesota's clean energy future, and you can get energy efficiency and clean energy projects on the ground in your community!

For more information and registration, visit www.CleanEnergyResourceTeams.org