WHO WE ARE

A group of motivated people who embrace the principle of partnership. Climate-Smart Municipalities (CSM) is a multi-partner inter-generational collaboration between Minnesota and Germany with twelve cities at its core that have decided to pursue comprehensive sustainability and climate goals that generate measurable local benefits.

 

Stakeholders in local and state government, politics, business, the nonprofit sector, academia, and the public learn from, help, and inspire each other. Sustainability, climate protection, climate adaptation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency are central topics for this international exchange. “Together, we are smarter!”

Together, we command deeper expertise, are able to look at things from a much broader range of perspectives, and create better and more imaginative solutions. Having the opportunity to discuss approaches in a binational group is invaluable. Turning those conversations into inclusive projects at multiple levels and witnessing how quickly and reliably such parallel diversity produces measurable results is inspiring. And it builds additional momentum.

Whether meeting in person or in a virtual format, the principle is to work for change. When communities choose to come together, a sustainable future is possible now.

 

The CSM project is a part of the International Energy Partnerships Project at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.

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PARTNER CITIES

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MINNESOTA

Duluth

Siegen

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GERMANY

Elk River

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Iserlohn

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Morris

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Saerbeck

Rochester

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Münster

White Bear Lake

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Lüdenscheid

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Warren

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Arnsberg

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REGIONAL PARTNERS

MN Region Nine  Development Commission

City of St. Cloud

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

Government entities

Germany's Foreign Office

Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy 

North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Nature, and Consumer Protection (MULNV)

North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization, and Energy (MWIDE)

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Minnesota Department of Administration 

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

Community partners

Ever-Green Energy 

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union

Hiway Federal Credit Union 

Minnesota Credit Union Network

University of Minnesota, Natural Resources Research Institute

Region Nine Development Commission

City of St. Cloud

Municipalities 

German Cities

City of Arnsberg

City of Iserlohn

City of Münster

City of Saerbeck

City of Siegen

City of Lüdensheid

Minnesota Cities

City of Duluth

City of Elk River 

City of Morris

City of Rochester

City of Warren

City of White Bear Lake

WHAT WE DO

Climate-Smart Municipalities connects diverse international stakeholders and leaders in local and state government, politics, business, the nonprofit sector, academia, and the public to learn from each other and to accelerate the transition to a more efficient and climate-friendly energy future at the local level.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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DIVERSITY STATEMENT

IonE’s mission is to help people and planet prosper together. We believe we are most likely to achieve our mission and realize our vision when we integrate diverse perspectives into our work and our workplace. We work to continually educate ourselves about the systems and structures that may discourage a diverse, equitable and inclusive community at IonE. We are committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment and to collaboration with those most affected by the environmental and climate issues we address in our work.

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