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Twenty-three schools get carbon reduction grants

More than $200,000 in state grants will be given away to 23 high schools, colleges and universities as part of a plan to reduce carbon output in schools.

The awards, for 19 projects, come from the Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon (MnSCC) Project and are provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

According to a press release from MnSCC, projects range from making energy improvements such as energy efficient lighting and motion sensors; installing renewable energy projects including solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems; increasing recycling and composting; reducing paper use and food waste; supporting community greenhouse production of local foods; and increasing sustainable transportation options by encouraging walking, biking, carpooling and bus riding to school. Schools from all across the state are involved.

Student teams do the work, led by teachers and building operators. A complete list of the awards and schools is here.

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