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Report | Environment Minnesota

Are Minnesota beaches safe for swimming?

Minneapolis, MN – With summer in full swing, water pollution can close Minnesota beaches or put swimmers' health at risk. Last year, bacteria levels at 13 beaches indicated that water was potentially unsafe for swimming there on least one day, according to the new report Safe for Swimming? by Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center. The report comes as Congress is set to vote tomorrow on a major spending bill that includes an additional $11 billion for water infrastructure.

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Shining Cities 2020: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy

Minneapolis, MN -- Minneapolis ranked 39th for solar energy capacity per capita among the nation’s leaders. The results come from the seventh edition of Shining Cities 2020: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, a new report released today by Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center. It is the most comprehensive survey available of installed solar capacity in major U.S. cities.

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The State of Recycling in Minnesota 2019

Minneapolis, MN — Minnesota is doing well in its recycling and composting efforts, but is struggling both to reduce overall waste and limit the burning of trash, according to a new study from Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center. The State of Recycling in Minnesota highlights how structural challenges, the rise of plastic, the effects of failing to recycle,  the impact of trash burning, and trends in the state’s recycling data.

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Renewables on the Rise 2019

Minneapolis, MN - America is in the midst of a clean energy revolution. Currently, wind and solar energy provide nearly 10 percent of our nation’s electricity and in 2018 America produced almost five times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as in 2009.  Renewables on the Rise documents the dramatic rise of clean energy over the past decade and looks toward a future that is 100 percent renewable.

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What are Minnesotans Fixing

Minneapolis, MN - Today, Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center released a new report, “What are Minnesotans Fixing?,” which analyzes data from the popular repair instruction website, iFixit.com. The report looks at what items people in Minnesota are trying to fix, and why that can be harder than it should be.

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