Renewable Energy & Sustainability Initiatives at ACNW
ACNW is proud to be a partner in Today’s Leaders for a Sustainable Tomorrow (TLFAST) – a collaborative project across all six of Minnesota’s accredited Residential Environmental Learning Centers (RELC’s). Our focus is to take a leadership role in demonstrating, educating and impacting current and future generations about energy and resource use and sustainability. We collectively serve over 100,000 individuals of all ages each year through a variety of programs, collaborations and events, forming a vital cornerstone of the educational and community fabric of the region. Together, we strive to become national and international leaders in environmental education and renewable energy, and to foster environmental literacy and stewardship.
Each of the six residential environmental learning centers have become not only demonstrations and but working examples of sustainability by undertaking conservation and efficiency measures and installing alternative energy technologies. In addition, our engaging and effective educational programs allow participants to learn more about the sustainability measures and energy technologies featured on our campuses.
Participate in TLFAST by:
- Visiting the TLFAST website
- Checking out our Energy and Resource-Use Classes and Activities – coming soon
- Downloading Energy Action Reminder cards for your classroom
The TLFAST project was funded by the Environmental & Natural Resources Trust Fund.
- Visit our Renewable Energy page to learn about the technologies and systems implemented here at the Center.
Download our Energy Conservation & Renewable Energy Systems brochure – a building-by-building breakdown of all improvements
Information coming soon – please check back
Through hands-on, experiential learning experiences for people of all ages, we see to instill a connection and commitment to the environment. Our programs use the environment as the blackboard and laboratory to educate our visitors and are committed to developing an understanding, ethics and responsibility regarding the environment and stewardship through formal and informal teaching that links nature and humans. Learn more→
To encourage everyone to gain an appreciation of the value of food as a natural resource, ACNW advises all participants — students and adults — to take only the types and quantities of food that they think they’ll want to eat. We’re not trying to cut back on the amount of food we serve; in fact, we encourage everyone to have seconds or even thirds. What we are trying to do is minimize the amount of wasted food. With our visiting school groups, we also talk to them about the amount of natural resources needed to produce and deliver various items on the menu, and at the end of every meal, we collect all the food left on people’s plates – called “orts” – weigh it, announce the results, and then add the orts to our compost pile.