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Energy Programs

As of January 31, 2011, Eureka Recycling houses and supports two community energy programs: Energy Efficiency Research and Development and the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team. Prior to February 2011, these programs and their staff members had been part of The Green Institute, which recently made the decision to re-focus on its role as a historic leader in the green building industry and asked Eureka Recycling to provide these programs with a new home.

Eureka Recycling's mission is to demonstrate that waste is preventable, not inevitable. As the only organization in Minnesota focused on zero waste, this mission includes the prevention of all wastes.

Energy Efficiency Research and Development

This program seeks to reduce energy use through practical implementation, especially of low-cost measures. Projects include work with food service businesses, low-income home-owners, non-profits, and research on new technologies and approaches to energy conservation.

Food Service Energy Leadership Program

The Food Service Energy Leadership Program provides direct support to local businesses in Minneapolis and White Bear Lake to help them shape and meet their energy efficiency and conservation goals.


Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT)

CERTS logoAs the new home of Metro CERT, Eureka Recycling is the newest partner in the statewide CERTs network. The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) work statewide to connect communities to resources to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The program is supported by a broad partnership of state agencies, universities, and non-profits.

For more information contact: Diana McKeown, Metro Clean Energy Resource Team Director, (612) 455-9172 or

Neighborhood Energy Service

Metro CERT is a program partner in St. Paul for the Neighborhood Energy Service program. Neighborhood organizations are teaming up to offer a residential energy efficiency program to St. Paul homeowners, including an energy workshop, a home visit, and a personalized home energy report.

Minnesota GreenStep Cities

CERTs partners initiated the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Initiative as a voluntary program designed to identify, support, and recognize implementation of a set of sustainable development best practices that lead cities beyond compliance with the State's climate change goals and encourage a culture of innovation.

CERTified Campaigns

CERTified Campaigns provide Minnesotans with clear and actionable ways to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in their community. Check here for our current campaign.


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Food Service Energy Leadership Program

An energy efficiency program designed for small businesses in the food service industry.

Food Service Businesses use over two-and-one-half-times more energy per square foot than the average commercial business. A small food sales and service business in the Midwest spends roughly $34,000 annually on energy. Our energy efficiency program will work with you to achieve 10-15% savings annually through low- and no-cost solutions. For an average business that's $3,400 per year!

Any independently-owned food service business (grocery, convenience store without gas station, full-service restaurant, and limited service food establishments) within the city limits of Minneapolis or White Bear Lake are eligible to participate. There is a modest program commitment fee of $200 due at your site assessment. The value of the services is $5,000 per business. We are able to keep the cost low because of grant funding. All of our participating businesses sign a memorandum of understanding. This is essential because we seek not only to save you, as a business owner, money, and energy, but also to alter business-as-usual in an energy intensive industry. Your participation is key toward making this change.

If you're interested in signing up for the program or need more information, contact Carl Samuelson:
Email –, Phone and Fax – (612) 455-9173

Or download and submit our registration form. Space is limited; there are no guarantees of inclusion.

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Participating businesses

Lake Street Pilot Project (Check out the Case Study)
El Norteno
Gandhi Mahal
Reidy's Market

White Bear Lake Businesses
Betty's Pies
Casa Lupita
Criss Cross Pizza
Dugout Bar
Ingredients Café
Rudy's Red Eye Bar and Grill
Ursula's Restaurant
Washington Square Bar and Grill

Minneapolis Businesses
Acadia Cafe
Birchwood Cafe
Butter Bakery
Clancey's Meat and Fish Market
Coastal Seafoods
East Side Coop
Glacier's Cafe
Grand Café
Holy Land
Sen Yai Sen Lek
Spoon River

Check out these presentations for more information!

Food Service Energy Efficiency: a look at two businesses
An Overview of Energy Use in the Food Service Industry

More tips and resources can be found here.


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