Strengthening Minnesota businesses by improving efficiency while saving money through energy, water, and waste reduction

2020 Proposals

2020 Intern Project Proposals

Businesses: All project spots for the 2019 summer intern program have been filled. If you are interested in hosting an intern in summer 2020, call Nathan Landwehr at (612) 624-4697 today to start the discussion.

2020 Proposals


Although Minnesota is a leader in air quality, air pollution is still a concern in our state. Reducing VOC emissions has positive health impacts for your employees, the general population, and potentially your bottom line.


Your company is still paying twice for water; once for the water provided to your facility and once for the amount of water you are discharging to the local wastewater treatment facility. Water conservation measures can reduce the amount of water you use as well as your water costs


Optimizing material use and reducing waste can make your operation more efficient and result in cost savings for purchasing, handling, and disposal.


Implementing energy efficient solutions can benefit your business by reducing costs, reducing the impact on the environment, and helping to ensure that a reliable and secure source of energy is maintained for the future.

Upcoming Events


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  • 20
    June 20, 2019

    11:00 AM-6:00 PM
    June 20, 2019

    2019 TC-CCAI Golf Classic! 2019 TC-CCAI Golf Classic!

    The 2019 Golf Classic is now at Fox Hollow in St. Michael, MN.  Fox Hollow Golf Club boasts over 200 sprawling acres nestled along the Crow River between Rogers and St. Michael, Minnesota. A fun blend of technical and picturesque holes along the Crow River will provide an entertaining round for all skill levels.

    We are limited to 144 golfers, so don’t wait to register as an individual or Team.

    Included in our 2019 Golf Classic Package:

    Practice Time – use of the three-hole practice loop, use of practice putting, chipping greens

    Lunch (Sponsored) starting at 11:30 AM.

    Shot Gun Start at 1 PM – 18 Holes w/cart, Beverage Tickets, Sleeve of balls,

    Dinner Buffet at 6 PM

    There will be hole contests, putting contest, trophy’s for the 1st 2nd 3rd place teams plus Corporate Sponsor event holes and more.



  • 25
    June 25, 2019

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    June 25, 2019

    Utility Webinar: A Cohort Approach to Wastewater Treatment Energy Efficiency

    Learn about how to effectively achieve significant energy savings in mechanical wastewater treatment plants

    Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.


    Mechanical wastewater plants use large, industrial blowers to facilitate treatment of water throughout the state. The cohort approach to wastewater treatment energy efficiency draws on research to develop a program approach for Minnesota’s wastewater treatment sector through delivering tailored training while leveraging peer networks to effectively achieve wastewater treatment plant energy efficiency. The webinar explains how this approach may be used as a utility CIP program, including program administration considerations as a result of the geographic distribution of mechanical wastewater plants to achieve statewide energy savings. The webinar will also highlight the mechanics of the training program, as well as its methods to help wastewater operators identify and implement operational energy efficiency opportunities.

    The webinar will be co-led by Audrey Partridge and Julie Drennen with the Center for Energy and the Environment and Jon Vanyo with the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program. Partridge and Drennen are regulatory policy experts who will describe the CIP model strategy in depth. Vanyo is an engineer with five years of experience on projects related to wastewater energy efficiency and nutrient optimization; he will explain the training and implementation portion of the program.

  • 25
    June 25, 2019

    1:00 PM-4:00 PM
    June 25, 2019

    HEARRT Midwest presents:

    Change is a comin’: Pharmaceutical waste management in Minnesota

    The US Environmental Protection Agency published its final rules for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals in February.  The new rules establish management standards more applicable to healthcare facilities, clarify regulations for reverse distribution and exempt over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies from hazardous waste management.

    The new hazardous waste pharmaceutical rules are in addition to the relatively recent controlled substance disposal rules of the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

    Please join us on June 25 to learn about Minnesota’s adoption of the new rules with insights to DEA’s disposal requirements.  


    1:00 Welcome and introductions

    1:10 Case studies in pharmaceutical waste reduction

    1:15 Changes to pharmaceutical waste management in Minnesota

    Josh  Burman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

    2:15 Break

    2:30 The Drug Enforcement Administration’s perspective 

    Ginny McKenna, Drug Enforcement Administration

    3:00-3:30  Vendor product solutions 

    3:30-4:00  Q & A 

    Who should attend?

    Expected to begin in 2022, small- and large quantity generators generating pharmaceutical hazardous waste will be required to train any employees handling those wastes in hazardous waste management at least once within six months of beginning duties. The current exception for employees handling pharmaceutical wastes only in satellite accumulation containers will no longer apply. (MPCA, Regulatory consensus on healthcare waste issues)

    This may include physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, surgical technicians, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, maintenance technicians, and environmental services staff.


    Space is limited to 40.  In the event there is an extensive wait list we may move the event to another location.  Be sure to watch for updates in your in-box.