Viewpoint: Climate change action starts locally – Minnesota News

Viewpoint: Climate change action starts locally – Minnesota News

Investments in sustainable energy sources and energy efficiency measures are vital to address climate change in the present, rather than paying far more in the not-so-distant future. Already we are experiencing the global dying of coral reefs. Ironically, just this past week it was announced that two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia, in the past 18 months, has died due to rising ocean temperatures.

As a new Hastings City Council member, I have been attempting to bring forward sustainability initiatives that can be implemented quickly. In the past five months, I have successfully advised the council to pass a letter of support urging our congressional delegation to support climate change action. In addition, I have requested that city staff investigate purchasing a solar energy subscription with a local solar garden provider which could potentially save us as taxpayers millions of dollars over 25 years. Lastly, I have requested that staff initiate the process of bringing a lower cost business loan program to Hastings for energy efficiency and renewable energy investment called the St. Paul Port Authority PACE Program.

We must all ask ourselves: “What can I contribute to this cause and help fix this problem?” I urge residents to take action by doing what you can and considering some of the following low-cost items:

• Conduct an energy audit of your home by using programs such as those offered through Xcel Energy’s Home Energy Squad. These energy auditors will deliver customized energy solutions to your front door. The visit will even include a Home Energy Audit with thermal imaging and an assessment of…

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