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Energy

Energy Efficiency
Green Energy

Water

Water Conservation
Stormwater

Waste

Waste & Recycling
Organic Waste

Green Maintenance

Green Cleaning
Groundskeeping

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing


Transportation


General Sustainability Assistance



Energy Efficiecny

Xcel Energy Inc.

Department or Program: Heating Efficiency
Commercial Heating Efficiency rebates for boiler systems for water heating including new boilers and furnaces, commercial water heaters, add-ons, tune-ups, steam trap repair and pipe insulation. Program also offers co-funding for heating optimization studies up to 75% of study costs, up to $25,000 per study. Participants must be a business natural gas customor of Xcel Energy Minnesota.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (855) 839-8862  
Email: energyefficiency@xcelenergy.com  

National Resources

Energy Efficiency

N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University (NCSU); U.S. Department of Energy

Department or Program: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States. The linked webpage lists the energy programs available in the state of Minnesota.
Location: Raleigh   NC     Type: Public  
Contact : Brian Lips; General Contact   (919) 515-3954  
Email: brian_lips@ncsu.edu; http://www.dsireusa.org/contact-us/  
Incentives: Yes  

Xcel Energy Inc.

Department or Program: Cooling Efficiency
Program offers cash rebates for high-efficiency cooling equipment, such as DX units, chillers and other select equipment. With pre-approval, and eligible projects, participants can earn up to $400/KW. To be eligible, a participant must be an Xcel Energy business electric customer in Minnesota and must purchase new qualifying cooling systems.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (855) 839-8862  
Email: energyefficiency@xcelenergy.com  

Xcel Energy Inc.

Department or Program: Business LED Instant Rebate
Receive instant rebate when purchasing ENERGY STAR?-qualified LED screw-in lamps and downlight retrofit kits from participating distributors. Lamps must be ENERGY STAR-qualified screw-in lamps for interior installation and daytime usage.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Scott Bizek   (612) 323-6147  
Email: sbizek@ecova.com  

Minnesota Greenstep Cities

Department or Program: Building Reuse
Provides information on creating economic and regulatory incentives for redeveloping and repurposing existing buildings.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Anne Ketz   (651) 293-9047  
Email: aketz@mnpreservation.org  

Minnesota Greenstep Cities

Department or Program: Efficient Existing Private Buildings
Provide incentives for energy, water, and sustainablity improvements in existing structures.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Laura Millberg; Peter Berger   (651) 757-2568; (651) 296-2459  
Email: Laura.Millberg@state.mn.us; http://mn.gov/commerce/energy  

Minnesota Greenstep Cities

Department or Program: Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals
Comprehensive information on improving the efficiency and quality of outdoor public lighting.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Susan Zarling   (651) 234-7052  
Email: susan.zarling@state.mn.us  

National Resources

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Department or Program: Governments for Responsible EPP (Environmentally Preferable Purchasing) and Environmental Networking (the GREEN Group)
The MPCA coordinates network of environmental and purchasing staff from county and city governments. The GREEN Group is open to representaitves from public entities across the state and hold quarterly meetings to share EPP experiences.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Johanna Kertesz   (651) 757-2489  
Email: johanna.kertesz@state.mn.us  

National Resources

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Resources
Portal to extensive resources for environmentally preferable purchasing techniques, strategies, policies, training, product and service directories, state and local programs, and more.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : Deborah Nesbitt  
Email: nesbitt.deborah@epa.gov  

EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool)

Comprehensive searchable database and environmental rating that helps identify greener computers and other electronic equipment.
Location: Portland   OR     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Green Electronics Counsel General Contact   (503) 279-9383, (503) 279-9381 (Fax)  

Environmental Paper Network

Sustainable paper procurement resources including fact sheets, tools for purchasers, calculators, apps, news and more.
Location: Asheville   NC     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (828) 251-8558  
Email: info@environmentalpaper.org  
Measurement Tools: Yes

National Association of State Procurement Officials

Department or Program: Green Purchasing Guide
Guide to adopting a responsible purchasing program, concepts and benefits of green purchasing, recommended steps, proven implementation strategies, and links to other resources.
Location: Boston   MA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact :

ConServe: National Restaurant Association

Department or Program: Conserve Program: Serving Up Sustainability
Sustainability solutions for food service including best practices, educational videos, money-saving techniques and customized action plans.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (202) 331-5900 or (800) 424-5156  
Email: conserve@restaurant.org  

Responsible Purchasing Network

Green purchasing webinars, technical assistance, purchasing guides, membership opportunities, and many more resources and links.
Location: Oakland   CA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Contact   (510) 547-5475  
Email: membership@responsiblepurchasing.org  

General Sustainability Assistance

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Department or Program: PestWise Prgoram
Information exchange, education, technical assistance, and funding and grant opportunities for more sustainable pest management.
Location: Washington D.C.   DC     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (800) 972-7717  
Email: pesp.info@epa.gov  
Incentives: Yes  

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Department or Program: Green Infrastructure Collaborative
Shares resources, tools and research to advance green infrastructure implementation. An EPA listserv featuring updates on green infrastructure publications, training and funding opportunities.
Location: Chicago   IL     Type: Public  
Contact : EPA Region 5 Contact: Bob Newport   (312) 886-1513  
Email: newport.bob@epa.gov  
Incentives: Yes  

Saint Paul Port Authority (SPPA)

Department or Program: New Markets Tax Credits
The Port Authority offers creative, client-based financing solutions. Tax credits are given to investors who put up money to fund business-expansion loans in depressed areas.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Bruce Gehrke   (651) 204-6238  
Email: bhg@sppa.com  

Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum

The Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum is committed to advance green chemistry practice and policy. Green chemistry is the design, development and implementation of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use of of hazardous substances to human health and the environment.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Contact  
Email: http://greenchemistrymn.org/contact  

Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)

GLRPPR is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, a national network of regional information centers that provides a comprehensive information and resources pollution prevention
Location: Champaign   IL     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Laura Barnes   (217) 333-8957  
Email: l-barnes@illinois.edu  

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Department or Program: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Pollution Prevention
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Pollution Prevention Program serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 tribes.
Location: Chicago   IL     Type: Public  
Contact : EPA Region 5 Contact: Christine Anderson   (312) 886-9749  
Email: anderson.christinea@epa.gov  

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Department or Program: Minnesota GreenStep Cities
An assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability goals through implemention of 28 best practices focused on cost savings and energy reduction.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Phillip Muessig; Amir Nadav   (651) 757-2594; (612) 767-7292  
Email: Philipp.muessig@state.mn.us; anadav@gpisd.net  

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Department or Program: Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP)
RETAP offers skilled, retired professionals to provide facility assessments and sustainability assistance to small businesses, institutions, and communities at no-cost.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Mike Vennewitz; Philipp Muessig   (612) 781-1307; (651) 757-2594  
Email: mvennewitz@yahoo.com; philipp.muessig@state.mn.us  

University of Minnesota

Department or Program: Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP)
The Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) integrates sustainability issues of polymeric materials into research, education, and public outreach initiatives. CSP fosters innovation through partnerships with numerous companies to develop, implement, and advance technologies in the sustainable polymer industry.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Laura Seifert   (612) 626-6732  
Email: seif0056@umn.edu  

University of Minnesota

Department or Program: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
MnTAP is an outreach program that helps businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution, maximize efficiency, reduce costs, and improve the environment and public health.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (612) 624-1300  
Email: mntap@umn.edu  

National Resources

Center for Integrated Pest Management

Department or Program: Pesticide Environmental Stewardship
Integrated pest management information, education, links to regional resource centers - plus resources for safe pesticide use with crops, structures and landscaping.
Location: Type: Non-profit  
Contact :

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: PestWise Program
Sustainable pest management implementation guidance and technical reports, fact sheets, brochures, funding, grants, awards, news and events. Includes Landscaping Initiative for businesses and more.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (800) 972-7717  
Email: pesp.info@epa.gov  
Incentives: Yes  

Let’s Go Solar

Advancing sustainability through solar energy and environmental education resources
Location: San Francisco
Contact : General Contact  
Email: http://www.letsgosolar.com/about-us/  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: Design for the Environment
Recognizes safer consumer and commercial products through DfE labeling, also offers technical tools and expertise, defines best practices across sectors, and offers incentives for businesses to participate.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : Varies by Program  
Email: http://www.Environmental   Protection   Agency   (EPA).gov/oppt/dfe/contacts.htm   or   dfe@Environmental   Protection   Agency   (EPA).gov  
Incentives: Yes  

Green Seal

Searchable product and cleaning service databases, and other resources promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : (202) 872-6400, (202) 872-6400 (Fax)  
Email: http://www.greenseal.org/AboutGreenSeal/ContactUs.aspx  

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED green building education, certification, case study, tools, and other resources.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : (800) 795-1747  
Email: http://www.usgbc.org/contactus  
Measurement Tools: Yes

Environmental Paper Network

Comprehensive resources, tools and advice on environmentally-superior, cost-effective and responsible paper choices.
Location: Asheville   NC     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (828) 251-8558  
Email: http://www.whatsinyourpaper.com/index.php?option=com_fabrik&Itemid=49  

Green Cleaning

National Resources

Green Energy

N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University (NCSU); U.S. Department of Energy

Department or Program: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States. The linked webpage lists the energy programs available in the state of Minnesota.
Location: Raleigh   NC     Type: Public  
Contact : Heather Calderwood; General Contact   (919) 515-0352  
Email: hscalder@ncsu.edu; http://www.dsireusa.org/contact-us/  
Incentives: Yes  

Saint Paul Port Authority (SPPA)

Department or Program: Trillion BTU Energy Efficiecny Loan Program
The Port Authority offers creative, client-based financing solutions.Trillion BTU is an energy efficiency improvement program to assist businesses to lower their energy costs.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Peter Klein; Chris Plum   (651) 204-6211; (612) 335-5825  
Email: pmk@sppa.com  

Saint Paul Port Authority (SPPA)

Department or Program: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
The Port Authority offers creative, client-based financing solutions. PACE is a program available to businesses in any city or county in Minnesota to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings. Property owners may receive financial assistance in form of tax assessment for up to 20 years.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Peter Klein   (651) 204-6211; (800) 328-8417  
Email: pmk@sppa.com  

Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERT)

Department or Program: LED Canopy Lighting
Upgrading to LED lighting can reduce energy costs up to 75%, create brighter environment, and minimze maintenance costs. This project itself can pay for itself through reduced energy costs and utility rebates range from $200 to $3,500 depending on qualifications.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Alexis Troshinetz; Drew Hage   (612) 626-0455; (507) 836-1633  
Email: atroschi@umn.edu drewh@swrdc.org  

Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERT)

Department or Program: Guranteed Energy Savings Program (GESP)
State technical assistance program on Energy Savings Performance Contracting, administered by the Department of Commerce Divison of Energy Resources. Makes existing systems more efficient through retro-commissioning and maintenance improvements. Renews facility infrastructure by performing equipment replacement and systems re-design.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Peter Lindstorm   (612) 625-9634  
Email: plindstr@umn.edu  

Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)

Department or Program: Enegry Savings Fund for Nonprofits
Non-profit organizations that are interested in reducing energy use are eligible to apply for funds. Loan terms are 3.9% interest rate, $25,000 maximum loan with 7 years of term.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Jim Hasnik   (612) 335-5885  
Email: jhansik@mncee.org  

Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)

Department or Program: CEE Commercial Energy Efficiency Loan Program
Provides financing to businesses making cost effective energy efficiency improvements up to $100,000 at 3.9% interest rate to existing commercial properties located in the State of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Jim Hasnik   (612) 335-5885  
Email: jhansik@mncee.org  

Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)

Department or Program: Energy Intelligence for Industry
This program is a real-time energy feedback designed to help customers to find out how much and when they use energy, and provides low-cost/no-cost solutions to reduce energy waste. Electric usage is monitored and displayed in 15-minute intervals on a web-based dashboard. Program is offered free-of-charge to small industrial customers in Xcel Energy's Minnesota service territority with less than 500 KW demand.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Jim Fermoyle   (612) 210-6201  
Email: jfermoyle@mncee.org  

Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)

Department or Program: One-Stop Efficiency Shop? Lighting Retrofits
A full-service lighting rebate program to small businesses in Xcel Energy's Minnesota service territory with an electric demand of 400 KW or less. Program is designed to address efficient lighting with free audits, rebates up to 60%, a pool of qualified contractors, and completion of all program paperwork.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Cindy Kelly   (612) 244-2427  
Email: ckelly@mncee.org  

Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)

Department or Program: Existing Building Commissioning
A comprehensive and systematic processes to improve the operations of buildings systems to minimize energy use. CEE engineering and project management team will conduct assessments, compile recommendations, assist implementations and verify financial savings.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Mark Hancock   (612) 335-5861  
Email: mhancock@mncee.org  

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Department or Program: B3: Buildings, Benchmarks & Beyond
The B3 guidelines provide information that can be applied to the design of new buildings or renovations to meet sustainability goals for site, water, energy, indoor environment, materials, and waste.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Patrick Smith   (612) 626-9709  
Email: guidelines@b3mn.org  

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Department or Program: Made in Minnesota (MiM) Solar Incentive Program
A solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal incentive program for consumers who install PV and solar thermal systems using solar modules and collectors certified as manufactured in Minnesota. The rebate is equal to 25% of the system installed cost up to $25,000 for commercial systems.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (651) 539-1886  
Email: solar.help@state.mn.us  

Clean Energy Project Builder

Department or Program: Planning Your Project
Information and tools to develop a solar or small wind project. This project builder is sub-categorized into four sections to provide helpful resources in order to streamline the process.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Contact  
Email: http://thecleanenergybuilder.com/contact  

Xcel Energy Inc.

Department or Program: Solar*Rewards? for Businesses
Solar*Rewards? offers incentives and rebates for installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels for Minnesota customers. The incentive is paid annually at $0.08 per kWh produced over 10 years. Participation requires preapproval before purchase and installation.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (800) 481-4700  
Email: SolarProgramMN@xcelenergy.com  
Incentives: Yes  

Xcel Energy Inc.

Department or Program: Windsource? for Businesses
A windsource subscription program to help meet environmental goals, earn LEED certification points, and reduce energy costs. Energy subscription is available in 100 kWh blocks for an additional premium of $3.53 per block, less than for fuel costs. Three-year commitment is required.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (800) 481-4700  
Email: windsource@xcelenergy.com  

U.S. Green Building Council

Department or Program: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Green building certification program/rating system, helps guide projects creating more sustainable buildings. LEED helps building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.
Location: Atlanta   GA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Contact   (800) 795-1747  
Email: leedinfo@usgbc.org; http://www.usgbc.org/contactus  

National Resources

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: Green Power Partnership
Resources for buying green power, top-ranked green power providers, partnership incentives and benefits, and more sustainable energy resources.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : James Critchfield, Director; Melissa Klein, Communications Director   James: (202) 343-9442 Melissa: (202)343-9207  
Email: critchfield.james@epa.gov,   klein.melissa@epa.gov  
Incentives: Yes  

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Educational resources on renewable energy and energy technologies.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : Washington, D.C. Office   (202) 488-2200  
Email: http://www.nrel.gov/webmaster.html  

Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition

Department or Program: Energy Policy Act of 2005
Deductions for commercial facilities meeting specific energy reduction targets as a result of energy efficiency improvements.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of NEMA Government Relations  
Email: kyl_pitsor@nema.org  
Incentives: Yes  

Center for Resource Solutions

Department or Program: Green-e
Certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products: an independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market.
Location: San Francisco   CA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (415) 561-2100, (415) 561-2105 (Fax)  
Email: info@green-e.org,   energy@gree-e.org  

U.S. Department of Energy

Department or Program: DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency)
Provides information on federal, state and local rebates and incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Location: Raleigh   NC     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Varies by state & program  
Email: http://dsireusa.org/contacts/  
Incentives: Yes  

Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE)

Business association of solar energy companies based in New England. Provides list of resources related to solar energy.
Location: Boston   MA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (857) 488-4454  
Email: info@sebane.org  

Solar Energy International (SEI)

Training, resources and services on renewable energy technologies and systems.
Location: Carbondale   CO     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (970) 963-8855  
Email: http://www.solarenergy.org/?s=general+contact+information  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: Energy Star
Information, education, benchmarking tools, product information, and recognition programs to improve energy efficiency. Online Service Provider Partner list available.
Location: Type: Public  
Contact : Energy Star Hotline   (888)782-7937, (703)412-3086  
Email: http://energystar.supportportal.com/ics/support/ticketnewwizard.asp?style=classic  
Incentives: Yes   Measurement Tools: Yes

SWEEP: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

Department or Program: US Dept of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Program (TAP), with State Energy Program (SEP) & the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
Provides tools and resources to implement sustainable clean energy programs. Energy Efficiency Block Grants available. Service area includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Location: Boulder   CO     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (303) 447-0078, (303) 447-0158 (Fax)  
Email: info@swenergy.org  
Incentives: Yes  

U.S. Department of Energy

Department or Program: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Program
Funds research, provides information, data and training on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact :
Email: http://energy.gov/eere/about-us/office-energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-contacts  
Incentives: Yes  

WSU Extension Energy Program

Department or Program: Resource Conservation Management Program
National energy efficiency and renewable energy clearinghouses providing technical and programmatic guidance, resource accounting tools, newsletter, workshops, and other energy efficiency resources.
Location: Olympia   WA     Type: Public  
Contact : Main Olympia Office   (360) 956-2000, (360) 956-2217 (Fax)  
Email: info@energy.wsu.edu  

Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)

Department or Program: Commercial Programs
Promotes high efficiency product design, manufacturing and purchasing as well as information on specific products (e.g., HVAC, Lighting, commercial kitchens).
Location: Boston   MA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information  
Email: http://www.cee1.org/content/about  

Energy Solutions Center, Inc. (ESC)

Department or Program: Natural Gas Efficiency website
Promotes energy efficient natural gas solutions: technologies, audit tools, case studies, rebates and incentive information.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Energy Solutions Center General Contact   (202) 824-7152, (202) 824-7096 (Fax)  
Email: dweiss@escenter.org  
Incentives: Yes   Measurement Tools: Yes

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

Department or Program: Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Compendium
Online compendium of energy efficiency and pollution prevention best practices and technical assistance, incl. energy audits, workshops, webinars, financial assistance, and implementation.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (202) 299-9701  
Email: nppr@p2.org  
Incentives: Yes   Measurement Tools: Yes

The Climate Trust

Department or Program: RECs, offsets, consulting
Provide carbon credits, customized voluntary climate programs, and climate consulting services for governments, utilities and large businesses.
Location: Portland   OR     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (503) 238-1915  
Email: info@climatetrust.org  

U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Department or Program: Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS)
Businesses may recover investments in certain renewable energy technologies property through depreciation deductions.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : Public Information - (IRS)   (800) 829-1040  
Incentives: Yes  

U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Department or Program: Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
Corporate tax credit for qualifying renewable energy equipment and systems.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : (800) 829-1041  
Incentives: Yes  

U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Department or Program: Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credit (PTC)
A per-kilowatt-hour tax credit for electricity generated by qualified energy resources and sold by the taxpayer to an unrelated person.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : (800) 829-1042  
Incentives: Yes  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: Energy Star
Provides information, education, benchmarking tools, and recognition programs to improve Green Energy. Portfolio Manager is a free online benchmarking tool for commercial buildings.
Location: Washington   DC     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (888) 782-7937 or (703) 412-3086  
Email: Online   Form:   http://energystar.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23018&_referrer=http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=contact.ct_index&s=footer&s=footer  
Measurement Tools: Yes

Green Maintenance

National Resources

Groundskeeping

National Resources

Organic Waste

National Resources

Organic Waste & Food Donation

Biocycle Magazine

Department or Program: FindAComposter
A searchable database of composting facilities throughout North America. The website is a free, searchable information resource to connect generators of organic waste streams with composting facilities.
Location: Emmaus   PA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : (610) 967-4135  
Email: info@findacomposter.com  

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BioCycle Magazine

Department or Program: Find A Composter
A free directory of composting facilities throughout North America.
Location: Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (610) 967-4135 ext.21  
Email: info@findacomposter.com  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: WasteWise
Free technical assistance, tools, regional contacts, awards, and other resources to reduce and recycle solid waste and selected industrial wastes.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (800) 372-9473  
Email: wastewisehelp@epa.gov  

Biodegradable Products Institute

Education, information and resources re: compostable materials and composting.
Location: New York   NY     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (800) 274-5646  
Email: info@bpiworld.org  

FindAComposter.com

Free searchable directory of composting facilities throughout North America.
Location: Emmaus   PA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (610) 967-4135 x 21  
Email: info@findacomposter.com  

Stormwater

City of Minneapolis

Department or Program: Storm & Surface Water Management
The City of Minneapolis' comprehensive website on managing stormwater, rainwater, and surface water.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (612) 673-2405  

Metro Blooms

Department or Program: Raingarden
Metro Blooms provides raingarden design and installation to reduce rainwater runoff. Offers design and consultation services to provide technical assistance as well as raingarden workshops.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Becky Rice; General Contact   (651) 699-2426  
Email: becky@metroblooms.org; info@metroblooms.org  

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Department or Program: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Green Streets
Sustainable stormwater management strategy. Includes Webinars, webcasts and EPA contacts.
Location: Chicago   IL     Type: Public  
Contact : EPA Region 5 Contacts: Jim Van der Kloot; Jon Grosshans   (312) 353-3161; (312) 353-5617  
Email: vanderkloot.james@epa.gov;   grosshans.jon@epa.gov  

Minnesota Greenstep Cities

Department or Program: Innovative Stormwater Management
Minimize the volume of and pollutants in rainwater runoff through adopting Minnesota's Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS).
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Anne Gelbmann; Trevor Russell   (651) 757-2384; (651) 222-2913  
Email: anne.gelbmann@state.mn.us;  

National Resources

Transportation

City of Minneapolis

Department or Program: Transportation
Extensive information about all types of transportation in Minneapolis area: commuting, public transportation, bicycling, and walking
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact  

National Resources

EPA

Department or Program: SmartWay
Resources on sustainable freight transportation and supply chain fuel efficiency incl. partner resources, trends and indicators, finance programs and more.
Location: Ann Arbor   MI     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (734) 214-4767, (734) 214-4052 (Fax)  
Email: smartway_transport@epa.gov  
Incentives: Yes  

Waste & Recycling

Biz Recycling

Department or Program: Free Consulting - Site Visit
Biz Recycling offers a free 30-minute consulting site visit and waste assessment. Consultants will review results of waste assessment and discuss options for designing a new or improving an existing recylcing and/or compost collection program that meets the needs.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (651) 266-1199  
Email: getstarted@lesstrash.com  

Ramsey County

Department or Program: Business Waste Assistance Program
The Business Waste Assistance Program is a no-cost, non-regulatory resources for businesses in Ramsey County in order to provide help with harzadous waste compliance issues, waste reduction and pollution prevention ideas.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (651) 266-1199  
Email: AskEH@co.ramsey.mn.us  

City of Minneapolis

Department or Program: Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling
Information on solid waste and recycling in the city of Minneapolis including oragnic waste, yard waste, voucher programs, recycling, and comprehensive guidelines to waste management.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   (612) 673-2250  
Email: SWRcustomer@minneapolismn.gov  

Hennepin County

Department or Program: Business Recycling
Information and guidelines on business recycling programs and grant programs.
Location:   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Business Recycling Program Coordinator   (612) 543-13136  
Email: andre.x.xiong@hennepin.us  

Hennepin County

Department or Program: Recycling at Events
Hennepin County offers assistance to coordinate events and develop waste-reduction plans, educate vendors, train volunteers and alternate collection options.
Location:   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Carolyn Collopy   (612) 596-0993  
Email: carolyn.collopy@hennepin.us  

Hennepin County

Department or Program: Become a Master Recycler
Master recycler and composters are trained on waste prevention, recycling and composting through a six week course that features industry experts and field trips to local waste processing and recycling facilities. Participants will commit 30 hours of volunteer activities and when fulfilled, they become certified master recycler and composters.
Location:   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : Carolyn Collopy   (612) 596-0993  
Email: carolyn.collopy@hennepin.us  

Rethink Recycling

Department or Program: Business Recycling Guide
Provides comprehensive information and guidelines on recycling, waste disposal, hazardous waste, and organics.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Public  
Contact : General Contact   https://www.rethinkrecycling.com/contact-us  
Email: https://www.rethinkrecycling.com/contact-us  

Eureka Recycling

Department or Program: Business Recycling
Eureka Recycling is the only organization in Minnesota that specializes in zero waste and provides services, programs, and policy work present solutions to the social, environmental, and health problems caused by wasting.
Location: Minneapolis   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Contact   (651) 222-7678  
Email: info@eurekarecycling.org  

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Department or Program: Wastewise Program
A national resource for businesses to reduce waste and practice sustainable materials management through prevention and Waste & Recycling.
Location: Chicago   IL     Type: Public  
Contact : Julie Schilf   (312) 886-0407  
Email: schilf.julie@epa.gov  
Measurement Tools: Yes

Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation; Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Department or Program: Waste Stream Analysis (Waste Sort)
A program offering waste stream analysis to determine the materials in the waste stream that invovles physical collection, sorting, and weighing of a sample of waste. This will identify and quantify material that can be removed from waste steram to reduce waste. Waste Wise Foundation staffs offer on-site waste sort and written proposal and recommendations to reduce waste.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Contact   (800) 821-2230; (651) 292-4650  
Email: mnwastewise@mnchamber.com  

Minnesota Greenstep Cities

Department or Program: Solid Waste Reduction
Information on ways to reduce waste, incerase recycling and reuse through adopting composting, a resource management contract, and organics collection programs.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Tim Farnan   (651) 757-2348  
Email: timothy.farnan@state.mn.us  

National Resources

Waste Management Sustainability Services

Industry waste solutions including case studies, resource library, meet our experts page, and more.
Location: Houston   TX     Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (877) 441-3046  
Email: sustainabilityservices@wm.com  

Waste360

Waste management, recycling and composting industry news and analysis, online training and education, industry best practices, and other event information
Location: Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (866) 505-7173  
Email: wecs@pbsub.comÿ  

Building Green

Information on LEED credits, green products and green building case studies as well as national environmental building news.
Location: Brattleboro   VT     Type: Private  
Contact :
Email: http://www2.buildinggreen.com/contact  

Electronic Recyclers International, Inc.

Specializes in environmentally safe and socially responsible disposal of electronic waste nationwide.
Location: Fresno   CA     Type: Private  
Contact : General Information   (800) 374-3473  
Email: info@electronicrecyclers.com  

Building Materials Reuse Association

How-to guides, best practices, case studies, news, and other resources to facilitate building deconstruction and the reuse / recycling of recovered building materials.
Location: Chicago   IL     Type: Non-profit  
Contact :
Email: http://www.bmra.org/contact  

Construction & Demolition Recycling Association

Find a recycler online directory, news, certification, and other resources for recycling construction materials and debris incl. concrete, asphalt, asphalt shingles, gypsum wallboard, wood and metals.
Location: Aurora   IL     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : (630) 585-7530  
Email: info@cdrecycling.org  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: eCycling
Resources for proper disposal of electronic waste, where you live information, where to donate, FAQ, regulations/standards and more.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact :
Email: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/comments.htm  

Ecocycle

Commercial recycling service providing educational and training resources, zero waste guides, and composting technical assistance.
Location: Boulder   CO     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (303) 444-6634  
Email: recycle@ecocycl.org  

Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)

Pollution prevention and waste management technical assistance: case studies, rapid response research services, relevant regional links and localized assistance through regional P2 centers.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Beth Anderson, USEPA   (202) 564-8833  
Email: anderson.beth@epa.gov  

StopWaste

Recycling (incl/ food and plant debris) and green purchasing expertise and tools: free publications, case studies, guides, posters, vendor lists, funding assistance and more.
Location: Oakland   CA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information   (510) 891-6500  
Email: http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=277  

Water Conservation

National Resources

Water Conservation & Reuse

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Department or Program: Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)
Helps fund water quality protection projects including wastewater treatment and non-point source pollution control.
Location: Washington D.C.   DC     Type: Public  
Contact :
Incentives: Yes  

Minnesota Greenstep Cities

Department or Program: Septic Systems
Information on implementing an effective management program for decentralized wastewater treatment systems. Assistance to commercial, retail, and industrial businesses with water use reduction, pollution prevention and pretreatment prior to discharges to septics.
Location: St. Paul   Mn     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Contact   (800) 322-8642  
Email: septic@umn.edu  

Minnesota Greenstep Cities

Department or Program: Efficient Water and Wastewater Facilities
Assess and improve city drinking water and wastewater facilities. Includes practices to improve energy use and performance and solutions to implement a wastewater efficiency program.
Location: St. Paul   MN     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Karl DeWahl   (612) 624-4645  
Email: dewah001@umn.edu  

National Resources

Food Service and Technology Center

Department or Program: Custom Water Rebates
Water efficiency best practices, rebates, and certification of high performing water appliances.
Location: San Ramon   CA     Type: Public  
Contact : Varies by Program and Area   (985) 866-2844, (925) 866-2864 (Fax)  
Email: http://www.fishnick.com/about/contact/  
Incentives: Yes   Measurement Tools: Yes

Water – Use It Wisely

Water conservation resources and links incl. business office tips, water re-use, landscaping, fixtures, water-saving products, state and regional resources, and more.
Location: Phoenix   AZ     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : General Information  
Email: http://wateruseitwisely.com/contact-us/  

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department or Program: WaterSense
Information on water-efficient products, services, and practices, including calculators, rebates, and best management practices.
Location: Washington   D.C.     Type: Public  
Contact : General Information   (866) 987-7367  
Email: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/contact_us.html  
Incentives: Yes  

Food Service Technology Center

Resources including water conservation measures, certified sustainable appliances and equipment, as well as energy conservation information.
Location: San Ramon   CA     Type: Non-profit  
Contact : Food Service Technology Center   (925) 866-2844, (925) 866-2864  
Email: http://www.fishnick.com/about/contact/  
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