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Red Wing showcases its GreenStep progress

Paul Drotos, in his final act May 1 before stepping down as the city's part-time sustainability coordinator, explains to GreenStep Cities representatives who Red Wing government and businesses pooled resources to install an electric vehicle charging station. Submitted photo

Representatives of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities came to Red Wing on May 1 for a workshop. The day began with presentations by Red Wing representatives and citizens, including Council member Evan Brown and members of the Sustainability Commission, discussing sustainability initiatives in the city, such as energy conservation and early adoption of solar energy systems.

The event included a walking tour of solar installations in the downtown historic district and the new EV charging station that was installed in 2018, followed by a visit to the Red Wing High School's 5 megawatt solar garden.

Mayor Sean Dowse and city representatives said Red Wing is proud to be recognized as a Level 5 GreenStep city, demonstrating sustainability best practices in addition to annual improvement upon eligible core metrics.

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