Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Clean Energy Community Award

More and more communities, organizations, and individuals are trying to figure out how they can get energy efficiency and renewable energy projects done. Wolf Ridge's local community of Finland, which is officially called the "Town of Crystal Bay" recently won the Minnesota Department of Commerce's Clean Energy Community Award! “Our state is a national leader in clean energy initiatives. We want to continue that momentum, and these communities are helping to lead the way,” said Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman. Together, the Department of Commerce and the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) present the CECA Achievement Awards to up to five Minnesota communities each spring. Designed to showcase and support the efforts of Minnesota’s communities, the Achievement Awards also foster a network of communications for sharing best practices among communities from around the state. To quantify Crystal Bay’s efforts, the town identified the total solar photovoltaic installations within the township as 128.866 kW. Wolf Ridge provides a large portion of that capacity, 83.5 kW. With an estimated population of 456, the total calculates out to 282.6 watts per capita - enough for Crystal Bay to claim itself the solar capital of the continental United States! The award also recognizes several renewable and conservation building and lifestyle designs taking root around town. Wolf Ridge's innovative Living Building Challenge design and construction techniques were held up as examples of what can be done, along with Finland's Claire Nelson Community Center. Peter Harris, David Abazs, and MAC Lodge architect Patrick Thibaudeau of HGA represented Wolf Ridge. We are proud to be part of the [...]

Lloyd’s Won the Excellence in Demolition Award for the Wolf Ridge ELC MAC Lodge Project!

This article is being posted as a followup to a previous post on the Wolf Ridge ELC Demolition team at Lloyd's Construction Services. In the previous article it was mentioned that the family would be flying to Texas for the National Demolition Association meeting where they were 1 of 3 contractors nominated for the "Excellence in Demolition" award for their work on the Wolf Ridge ELC MAC Lodge. We are all very happy to report that they WON! Below is the article that will be appearing in Demolition Magazine about the project. John and Stephanie Lloyd accepting the Excellence in Demolition award Pete Smerud, the executive director of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, was told by three contractors that it couldn’t be done. The challenge: Revamp Wolf Ridge’s land, facilities and curriculum, while also satisfying the rigorous requirements of Living Building Challenge (LBC). To do so, every phase of the project — including demolition of the standing facilities — had to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. Each year, Wolf Ridge engages over 13,000 students, teachers and parents from more than 185 schools in the upper Midwest in environmental awareness and education. The first environmental learning center to be accredited as a K-12 school, Wolf Ridge long ago established itself as an environmental education leader. The center is currently fundraising a $9.4-million campaign to improve and update its land and facilities. With the goals of innovation and continued leadership in mind, Smerud and the board of trustees decided it was not enough to simply meet LEED certification requirements for this project; [...]