Green Ideas & Ham is back, and we’ve got some very special guests! On Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 8:00 AM, we’ll be joined by Boulder, Colorado Mayor Susan Osborne and Institute for Local Self-Reliance Policy Senior Researcher John Farrell! RSVP today to save your seat for this popular event!
Minneapolis was one of the first cities to sign the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which established ambitious goals to cut emissions and increase renewable energy. More than forty other cities across Minnesota have signed the agreement as well. The city has a goal of cutting its global warming emissions 30% by 2025.
The city gets most of its energy through Xcel Energy and Centerpoint Energy, and while these utilities have made some progress, Xcel’s carbon emissions actually increased last year. If Minneapolis is going to meet its global warming reduction goals, Xcel and Centerpoint will need to sharply reduce their emissions and encourage clean energy programs in the city. But neither utility has shown strong support for local renewable energy programs and Xcel even proposed eliminating the popular Solar Rewards Program. As the franchise agreements between the city and Xcel and Centerpoint are coming up for renewal, it’s time to find more ways to drive clean, affordable energy in Minneapolis.
As always, the event costs $15 for each attendee. That includes a $5 donation to Environment Minnesota, and $10 to the Red Stag Supperclub. Doors open at 7:30 and the tasty breakfast buffet begins at 7:45. Click here to RSVP and donate $5 to Environment Minnesota ahead of time.