Earth Day Sustainability Event, 'Cocoa, Cookies, and Carbon Neutrality', featuring community and university sustainability teams raising awareness about energy reduction initiatives in Stevens County, MN. Attendees also enjoyed solar oven snacks.
Stevens Forward! is an effort among five small towns in West Central Minnesota aiming to promote a brighter future for their rural county. This organization has fourteen 'destiny drivers' that promote the sustainability and economic viability of the community. Driver 8 states that "by 2015, Stevens County will be the first carbon neutral county in the world, demonstrating viable models for green housing, neighborhoods and public buildings". Community members and students from the University of Minnesota, Morris are currently working to achieve this mission by calculating the carbon footprint of the county and educating community members about their role in reducing energy use within their homes, transportation and food systems.