Sustainability seminars in Coon Rapids in October

Two seminars on living sustainably will be offered by the Coon Rapids Sustainability Commission in October.

The first event will take place Thursday, Oct. 3, 6:30-8 p.m., in the Coon Rapids Civic Center training room.

It will be a community round table discussion on the topic, “Sustainable Living in Coon Rapids.”

The purpose of the round table is to hear residents’ ideas that they would like to present to the commission and give them the opportunity to meet like-minded people with whom they can network and share ideas.

The second seminar, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30-8 p.m., in the civic center training room, is titled “Low Cost/No Cost Energy Savings Home Improvements.”

Professionals from the Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment and other agencies will speak about ice dams, drafts, energy audits, insulation and other topics.

According to the Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment, residential properties account for 23 percent of Minnesota’s total energy use and the average Minnesota family spends nearly 10 percent of their income on the electricity, natural gas and gasoline powers our lives.”

The purpose of this seminar is to enable residents to boost energy savings in their home.

Both seminars are free.

Created in 2008 at the urging of Mayor Tim Howe, the Coon Rapids Sustainability Commission, an advisory commission of the Coon Rapids City Council, researches ideas and options for sustainable living within the city.

This includes reviewing current practices as well as working with the council on various proposals for city building designs.

According to the city of Coon Rapids website, the commission focuses attention on issues that impact energy and water use, building materials, waste management and recycling.

The commission meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Coon Rapids City Center.

Peter Bodley is at
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