Resource: Sustain Winona
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Title: Sustain Winona
Resource type: Program/project
Topics: Business, Communities, Education, Individual Choices
Keywords: Winona, citizens
Audience: All
Region: Southeast
Summary: This broad-based Winona, MN collaboration is working to reduce greenhouse emissions through the promotion of energy conservation, low carbon energy technologies and pollution-prevention strategies.
Content: Sustain Winona is a unique collaboration of organizations: Winona State University, the city of Winona, Winona County, Winona Area Public Schools, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical, Cotter High School and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. The group promotes energy conservation, low carbon energy technologies and pollution prevention strategies both within their organizations and within the community at large. Its 2011 goals:

- 25% reduction in solid waste production

- 10% reduction in electrical power consumption

- 5% reduction in fossil fuel consumption

The institutions have each come up with Environmental Management Systems (EMS) as their structure to achieve the goals, and were recognized in 2009 with ISO 14001 certification. ISO - the International Organization for Standardization - provides benchmarks, quality controls and a continuous improvement pathway for public and private institutions to ensure quality, environmental friendliness, safety, efficiency and reliability.

For more information see the web site below or contact Anne Morse (, the Winona County Sustainability Coordinator.

Suggested by: Philipp Muessig
Added: 01/20/10
Updated: 07/21/11