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Sustainable Energy Grant on Tap from McKnight Foundation

Beam Project Type: Planning     Project in Plan Phase

The McKnight Foundation is offering a grant for DMC to study and develop a “groundbreaking” sustainable energy program and policies for the DMC District and Rochester, as a whole.

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Detailed Description




First, listen and understand the unique needs & capabilities in Rochester

- Reliable and resilient systems

Identify potential strategies to meet Rochester goals

Coordinate with other local energy planning efforts

Use metrics and data to structure evaluation

Identify an overall vision grounded in cos-effectiveness



Level 1: Best Practice ; Clean Air & water ; Sustainability

Level 2: Sustainability

DMC: Livable City ; Health & Wellness

Community Health:


Formulate options for advancing DMC energy & climate goals.

- Reliable and resilient systems

Coordinate an energy infrastructure strategy & operating principles

Identity metrics by which benefits can be measured.

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Stakeholder Interviews:

- Develop and understand: energy interests, plans, activities & goals

Evaluation: Identify, collect & analyze available data

August 27th: Brief the DMCC Board. Obtain DMCC Direction

- Brief the Board on plans for September stakeholder workshop

October 29: Report and Summary to DMCC Board


Lead Organization: DMC EDA

Confirmed Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; DMC EDA ; Mayo Clinic ; Rochester Public Utilties ; University of Minnesota Rochester

Potential Collaborators: Rochester Area Family Y

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Best Practice, Clean Air & water, Sustainability

December 23, 2016 Med City Beat: Rochester will soon have an employee dedicated to sustainability initiatives

With support from the McKnight Foundation, Rochester will soon have an employee dedicated to sustainability initiatives.

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November 14, 2015 PB: Sustainable Energy Grant on Tap from McKnight Foundation

The city of Rochester has the potential to become a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability, according to two reports delivered at a Tuesday night Rochester Energy Commission special meeting.

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October 31, 2015 DMC EDA: Sustainability status presentation made to DMC Board

Mike Bull gave the DMCC Board an update on energy study in October DMCC bord meeting.

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March 14, 2018: CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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March 01, 2018: Mediation & Conflict Solutions Updates by Post Bulletin

2018-03-01 PB story on MCS: "Looking for help with a conflict?

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January 10, 2018: Greater Rochester Non-Profit Partners (GRNPP) Formal Alliance Proposal

A number of members of the Greater Rochester Non-Profit Partners (GRNPP) are proposing a formal alliance framework.

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December 24, 2017: Rochester A City of Compassion Steering Committee 2017 Status Report

Year end report on status and what to look forward to ...  "as Mary Alessio of the Locks of Compassion Project declares “Compassion is rippling throughout our community”

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December 12, 2017: November 2017 DMC Dashboard

YE 2017 DMC Metrics per Nov. 2, 2017 DMCC Board Meeting.

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October 16, 2017: In the Shadow of Growth Forum: Pathways to Prosperity and Well-being

At the October 5 C4G forum, Paul Flesinner talked about a national pilot project to stop generational poverty and what we need to do within the current system to accomplish this now.

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October 05, 2017: Journey of Peace 2017 Planning Workgroup

Agenda outline for the October event, August 23 Meeting Agenda and May 24 meeting notes.

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July 31, 2017: CNG housing message reframing workgroup

Per the June 22, 2017 CNG meeting, Dee Sabol and Sheila Kiscadan will be leading a workgroup to develop a housing advocay message in a format that follows The FrameWorks Institute guidance. Please contact them if you wish to participate in the workgroup.

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July 24, 2017: Wilder Research

In collaboration with the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Minnesota Compass invites you to participate in a listening session in the southern region.

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July 19, 2017: DMC $200M Goal Reached and state money to start flowing

Having reached the local investmen of $200M, the city will receive $2.75 for each $100 spent beyond the $200 million.

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July 16, 2017: Rochester-based organization teams up with St. Anthony Villagers for Equity and Community to create lasting change

Rochester-based organization (Diversity Council) teams up with St. Anthony Villagers for Equity and Community to create lasting change.

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July 06, 2017: Diversity in Business Resource (DIBR Registry)

In June J2G D/I Committee meeting, though Al Lun has built a prototype, decision was made to connect with J2G board for its guidance on the future of this project.

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Last modified by allnode on 2017/01/08
Created by allnode on 2015/05/28

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that Cbeam will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, Cbeam's distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevancies with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements.

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. Cbeam could be an interesting first step.

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