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3M, Saint Paul

Goal: Evaluate fume hoods for energy efficiency and recommend changes/upgrades to increase efficiency.

Presentation [PDF 319KB]

ConAgra Foods, Hastings

Goal: Evaluate and recommend solutions for energy efficiency in process equipment.

Presentation [PDF 628KB]

Consolidated Precision Products, Bloomington

Goal: Evaluate energy efficiency on exhaust fans, lighting, and electric and natural gas melters and heat treat ovens.

Presentation [PDF 446KB]

General Mills, Golden Valley

Goal: Determine feasibility and specification criteria for solvent recovery and reuse.

Presentation [PDF 645MB]

Malt-O-Meal, Northfield

Goal: Address compressed air, steam, cooling water, and other areas for energy efficiency.

Presentation [PDF 747KB]

ME Elecmetal, Duluth

Goal: Evaluate heat loss and energy efficiency of heat treat ovens, ladles and other natural gas uses, investigate air vacuum and compressor systems.

Presentation [PDF 601KB]

Melrose Dairy Proteins, Melrose

Goal: Address product recovery opportunities as well as water reuse potential.

Presentation [PDF 424KB]

Valley Craft, Lake City

Goal: Investigate phosphate-free, low-temperature conversion coatings for paint line.

Presentation [PDF 1.0MB]


Johnson Screens, New Brighton

Goal: Evaluate options to improve water recycling and the compressed air system.

Intern Summary | Presentation [PDF 446KB]

Lou-Rich, Albert Lea

Goal: Examine ways to eliminate zinc from the wastewater stream.

Presentation [PDF 648KB]

Oak Hills Living Center, New Ulm

Goal: Identify ways to reduce pharmaceutical waste through the use of an automated distribution system.

Presentation [PDF 634KB]

Roberts Automatic, Chanhassen

Goal: Reduce electrical and gas consumption in production areas and oil mist generation in work spaces.

Presentation [PDF 1.1MB]

Siemens Water Technologies, Roseville

Goal: Investigate industrial wastewater reuse.

Presentation [PDF 328 KB]

UMMC-Fairview, Minneapolis

Goal: Work with the green team and evaluate the potential of implementing reusable gowns.

Presentation [PDF 1.1MB]


Atritech Inc., Plymouth

Goal: Develop new packaging concept to reduce medical device packaging waste.


Granite Falls Energy, LLC, Granite Falls

Goal: Conduct energy efficiency analysis of various parts of the ethanol plant.


Hitchcock Industries, Bloomington

Project 1 Goal: Determine feasibility of using a fluidized bed system.


Hitchcock Industries, Bloomington

Project 2 Goal: Investigate the opportunity to replace sulfur hexafluoride.


Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, Saint Paul

Goal: Determine the efficiency of the current blower operation and how that operation could be improved with different controls or strategies.

Intern Summary | Presentation

Minnesota Energy, Buffalo Lake

Goal: Evaluate water saving opportunities for ethanol production.

Intern Summary | Presentation

Twin City Die Casting, Minneapolis

Goal: Reduce electrical and thermal energy use in facility.


St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth

Goal: Minimize hazardous materials by incorporating environmentally preferable purchasing protocols and reduce blue wrap use.

Intern Summary | Presentation


Advanced Web, Minneapolis

Goal: Reduce scrap rate and the volume of waste paper produced.

Intern Summary

Arctic Cat, Thief River Falls

Goal: Reduce energy use from the paint line, reduce phosphorus discharges in the wastewater, and improve compressed air efficiency.

Intern Summary

Boise Cascade, International Falls

Goal: Improve energy efficiency and conserve water by improving the compressed air system efficiency, improving steam system insulation, and reducing water use.

Intern Summary

Cook Area Health Services, Bigfork

Goal: Reduce pharmaceutical waste at its hospitals, medical clinics and nursing home.

Intern Summary

The Dotson Company, Mankato

Goal: Reduce energy use by reusing process heat from casting iron.

Greatbatch - Globe Tool, Minneapolis

Goal: Reduce trichloroethylene (TCE) emissions from vapor degreasers.

Kraft Foods Global, New Ulm

Goal: Reduce water use by reclaiming water for reuse and reduce energy use by installing a condensing boiler-stack economizer and installing a heat recovery system on the ammonia gas compressor system to capture waste heat.

Source Article

McLean Thermal - Hoffman Enclosures, Inc., Champlin

Goal: Improve operating efficiencies in the pre-paint/ washer/conversion coating process lines by reducing cleaning chemical use, energy consumption of heated stages, and wastewater discharge.

Intern Summary

Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester

Goal: Reduce hazards associated with chemicals and reduce number of chemicals used for cleaning and disinfecting.

Intern Summary


Alexandria Finishing, Alexandria

Goal: Reduce wastewater and wastewater treatment chemicals in the facility.

Federal Cartridge, Anoka

Goal: Reduce wastewater.

Intern Summary

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis

Goal: Reduce pharmaceutical waste.

Intern Summary

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, Saint Paul

Goal: Improve the energy efficiency of its secondary treatment aeration system.

Intern Summary

QX, Inc., Hamel

Goal: Reduce energy use in the melt furnace operation and recover heat from the evaporator system.

Intern Summary

Tennant Company, Golden Valley

Goal: Reduce water and chemical use in painting pretreatment and improve energy efficiency.

Intern Summary

Tri-County Hospital, Wadena

Goal: Reduce pharmaceutical waste.

Intern Summary