The project has data from 2008 onward that include vehicle miles traveled, waste generation, water use, and the amount of electricity, natural gas and other fuel being used by everyone within city limits. The 22 cities that have signed up had to agree to make the data public.
The recommendations from Judge Eric Lipman, who concluded that Enbridge has demonstrated the need for the increased capacity, will now go before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
Currently, Xcel charges its residential customers a flat rate per kilowatt hour -- whether they are the type of person who conserves, or one who leaves the lights on all the time. But that doesn't encourage people to save energy, members of the environmental groups say.
One of the first places Minnesotans are starting to find ways to reuse water is on the golf course. Two Twin Cities suburbs have launched projects to capture stormwater and use it for irrigation.
The EPA's carbon rules are expected to change the way energy markets work, favoring low-carbon energy options including nuclear, wind and solar.
The largest buildings in Minneapolis must meet a June 1 deadline to report their energy and water use to the city. That data will eventually become public, and city officials hope it will lead those who manage and use those buildings to find ways to use less energy.
President Barack Obama is expected to sign legislation soon that includes a plan to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock to all boat traffic within a year to prevent the spread of invasive carp.
Money has been set aside to deal with White Bear Lake's water shortage issue, to beef up recycling goals for the Twin Cities metro, and to create a new research center for invasive species.
Since eagles are at the top of the food chain, they make good test subjects to see how pollutants affect animals and humans. Researchers have seen contaminants like DDT, mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) decline. But in Lake Superior, DDT levels are still higher than what researchers expected.
Several environmental justice leaders and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison are scheduled to speak at the event at Kwanzaa Community Church in north Minneapolis.
The national group Green for All helped organize the event. Executive Director Nikki Silvestri says disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy proved that communities of color are among those who can suffer disproportionate losses.
Both the House and Senate have voted to phase out Triclosan in consumer hand soap and body wash by 2017. The bill needs a final vote in the House before being sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign it.
Minnesota's congressional delegation pushed for the provision to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock in Minneapolis. The measure is in the water infrastructure bill, which now goes to the House and Senate for final votes.
The suit has been at a standstill for the past two years as the two sides fight over representation. Attorneys for the Covington and Burling law firm previously worked for 3M on related issues, but later began representing the state of Minnesota in its lawsuit against the company.
The American Lung Association says air quality is improving in the Twin Cities, and gave the metropolitan area its best ranking yet on particulate pollution caused from vehicle exhaust, power plant emissions and wood burning.