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Charge Up at Union Depot
Electric vehicle drivers have even more options to charge up while visiting downtown St. Paul with the installation of four charging stations in Union Depot’s two parking garages. Two stations were installed last fall in Lot B. Lot A opened up in April and offers two additional stations. In addition, the City of St. Paul has installed charging stations for two parking spaces outside Union Depot on Wacouta St. Visitors to Union Depot, the St. Paul Farmer’s Market, or any of the fun events in Lowertown, now have multiple places to charge up their electric vehicle at Union Depot! Find information and locations of other charging stations around downtown St. Paul on Google Maps.
Recycle at Ramsey County Parks and Golf Courses
The warm weather has finally arrived, kicking off a season of fun excursions to Ramsey County Parks and golf courses. Visitors with beverages can recycle their bottles or cans in one of the many blue-topped recycling bins found at many locations in Ramsey County Parks. Look for the recycling bins at tee boxes in Ramsey County golf courses. For more information, visit Ramsey County Parks.
Sustainable Saint Paul Awards Honor Ramsey County Project
A solar thermal system that uses the sun to heat water at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) has won a Renewable Energy Award. Ramsey County and District Energy Saint Paul received the award from the Sustainable Saint Paul Program, which honors outstanding achievements of individuals, businesses and organizations that are protecting and restoring the environment of Saint Paul.
The new solar thermal system installed at the LEC in September 2012 now heats 40% of the building’s hot water with renewable energy. By harvesting energy from the sun, the County is reducing emissions associated with powering its facilities, and building resiliency into its energy supply by creating a more integrated and balanced energy profile. Using solar energy means cleaner air, fewer carbon emissions and a lower overall negative impact on the environment and better public health.
Project partners included Ramsey County, the City of Saint Paul, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the US Department of Energy and District Energy Saint Paul. More about this project, and other 2013 winners, on the City of Saint Paul's website.
Business Recycling Success Featured on KARE 11 Great Green Challenge
KARE 11 recently concluded its Great Green Challenge, an 11 week series to recognize and inspire business recycling. The last installment featured the recycling successes of The Emily Program, an organization that helps clients with eating disorders. With funding from Ramsey County, Minnesota Waste Wise worked with The Emily Program to establish an organics recycling program at three locations. The Emily Program also recycles all cardboard, paper, and mixed containers. Their engaged staff is passionate about reducing waste and conducting business in a sustainable way. The feature on The Emily Program, and all the other Great Green Challenge video segments are online on the KARE 11 website, along with the Great Green Challenge and pledge to reduce and recycle waste at your workplace!
Businesses interested in moving their workplace to the next level in sustainability can contact Minnesota Waste Wise now at 651-292-4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Waste Wise’s services are available to any business in Ramsey or Washington County at no cost for a limited time, courtesy of a partnership with the two Counties.
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