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Minnesota Mayor Aims for Net Zero By 2031

Minnesota Mayor Aims for Net Zero By 2031

A brief meeting with actor Robert Redford in Utah a few years ago influenced Rochester, Minnesota's mayor to move the city of nearly 100,000 residents to become energy net zero by 2031.

“It will be a challenge,” said Mayor Ardell F. Brede, but he believes a target is necessary as the city moves toward greener sources of energy generation. The Destination Medical Center is the first focused effort by the city and if that goes well, the concept of sustainability can move beyond the downtown core and into the neighborhoods.

Rochester Public Utilities, he pointed out, is investing in solar projects and will have greater freedom after 2030 to buy energy from greener power sources.

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