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Brandy Toft, Air Quality Specialist LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE. Seventh Generation Initiative, Sustainable Communities Grant: Leech Lake’s Solar Furnaces. P2 Conference Call March 2010. Pilot project with Sustainable Skylines Program Three Tribes in R5 awarded funds

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    1. Brandy Toft, Air Quality Specialist LEECH LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE Seventh Generation Initiative, Sustainable Communities Grant:Leech Lake’s Solar Furnaces P2 Conference Call March 2010

    2. Pilot project with Sustainable Skylines Program • Three Tribes in R5 awarded funds • Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, Grand Traverse • Goal to become more sustainable while showing reductions in air pollution Sustainability for the Seventh Generation Initiative

    3. Achieve sustainability with the goal of cleaner and healthier air in a: • Locally • Self-sustained • Collaborative way • SGI provides framework for achieving sustainability • Form and maintain partnerships • Soon to be a national program – provide input to SGI team SGI Goals

    4. How do we Reduce our consumption; Become more sustainable???

    5. Leech Lake Reservation Rural community in North Central Minnesota 864,158 acres, over 70% is water/wetlands 713 miles of rivers/streams 270 fishable lakes, 40 wildrice lakes Serving 12,000 in 11 communities Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

    6. Leech Lake Reservation 3 Wood products Wood Products Great Lakes Comp Station 2 Paper mill Waste incinerator Coal EGU 2 Largest MN Coal EGU Waste EGU

    7. Leech Lake Reservation 3 Wood products Wood Products Great Lakes Comp Station 2 Paper mill Waste incinerator Coal EGU 2 Largest MN Coal EGU Waste EGU

    8. Nothing New... 19??

    9. Minnesota has similar number of sun days as Houston, Texas 4.5 vs.4.3 peak sun hours 4500 watt hours/sq meter or 4.5 KWH per day GREAT but… How do we make it affordable? How do we make it not so technical? Solar energy

    10. Long-term solution fostering self-reliance Ending public energy program dependency Clean technology Promotes national security Addresses Environmental Justice issues Benefits of Solar Heat

    11. Efficiency before Renewables Integrated efficiency & renewable Large price tag! Conventional Efficient Conventional energy use Renewable energy use

    12. Study the effectiveness of solar air heating systems. • Reduce CO2 emissions and emissions of other energy production pollutants (Hg, NOx, etc...). • Improve indoor air quality (furnace, filter). • the economic security of 8 low-income families, carbon footprint. Leech Lake’s Pilot Project

    13. Reduce resources leaving the Reservation to pay for fossil fuels. • Prepare for and create Leech Lake green jobs. • Train up to 12 Leech Lake Staff - • Educate, resume, job opportunities, open minds • Reduce taxpayer burden for Heating Assistance. • Create a model for self sufficiency and a pollution reduction for project replication. Leech Lake’s Pilot Project

    14. 4 installed on Tribal member owned homes • 4 installed on Housing Authority owned homes **Goal to open thinking and promote green energy** IT WORKED!!!!! • 30+ new Housing homes designed with solar furnaces • Many Tribal members inquiring RESULTS…

    15. Link to Radio spot on MN Public Radio http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/24/solar-air-heaters/

    16. Last 25-50 years Produce 7-8 mBTUs annually Solar furnaces

    17. To date, our installations can generate: BTUs: 60.25 mBTUs KWHs: 17,800 kwhs of clean, renewable solar energy in one year! Projects/Partnerships moving forward

    18. Brandy ToftAir Quality SpecialistLeech Lake Band of Ojibwe 218-335-7429 air@lldrm.org www.lldrm.org