“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.” - Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

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Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center- U.S. Department of Energy

The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center was developed in 1991 in response to the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The site features a database with state and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy

Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is an ongoing project of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the North Carolina Solar Center. The organizationís mission is to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities.

Saint Paul

Saint Paul is a leading sustainable community with a comprehensive plan that includes several environmental policy statements. Their plan contains direction for an interdepartmental group with members from eight different departments. They also offer many opportunities for the public to get involved and help the environment. The Saint Paul Neighborhood Energy Consortium developed a 100% hybrid vehicle fleet for car-sharing, making Saint Paul the only city with a alternative vehicle fleet for this purpose. The city limits contain 75 miles of paved trails for bicycling and walking, in addition to a successful "Metropass" bus system and light rail system connecting Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

State Government

Minnesota has a program called "Minnesota Milestones" that was created in 1991 to make Minnesota a state that measures actual results related to sustainability not just programs or spending. It also fosters long-term accountability. "Minnesota Milestones" endures beyond the immediate priorities of legislative sessions, terms of elected officials and the stateís two-year budget cycle. The state has 70 progress indicators to determine whether the state is achieving 19 publicly determined goals related to people, community and democracy, economy and the environment.

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