Green Drinks (greendrinks.org) is an international organization with a simple goal: to bring together sustainable-minded people and professionals in a casual setting. Rochester Green Drinks takes place on last Thursday of each month from 5:00-ish to whenever. Join us! Forager Brewing Company, 1005 6th Street Northwest, Rochester, MN. We’ll be just inside the front door.
This month, we’ll hear a short presentation about Red Wing and then network with other cool people:
Since 2011, with 12 buildings in B3, Red Wing has seen a 55% decrease in their carbon footprint! Specifically, Red Wing has LED street lights going up; has done updates to city hall, auditorium, and the library, and public works buildings; is getting new windows in city hall and the auditorium and replacing boilers and heating systems soon. In addition, through Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy (PiE) program goals, 10% of homes (about 700) and 10% of businesses (100) will have the opportunity to do energy conservation and/or solar.
The City of Red Wing, a town of 17,000 people, has been very busy in the last couple years saving energy with efficiency measures and adding solar PV to city facilities. They’re also a Step 2 member of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program, a voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability and quality-of-life goals. Learn more from Jay McCleary with the City of Red Wing who shepherded these projects along.