On Thursday, the Minnesota town of Cologne (population 1,500) signed a deal making it our first local government to go solar. This town will host a SunShare community solar garden, which will save $40,000 a year by fueling city buildings and sending electricity into the grid.
The municipality looked at its assets, identified a partner, and took action. This is the fundamental formula for fighting climate change.
Forty miles to the northeast, The McKnight Foundation is trying to do the same thing through our grantmaking, but also through our $2.1 billion endowment. Like Cologne, we are looking at our assets, identifying partners, and taking action on climate — in both big and small ways. Read the rest of this entry »