The Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative is a grassroots organization made up of residents who care about the environment. The group currently operates in communities east and north of St. Paul — Dellwood, Grant, Hugo, Lake Elmo, Mahtomedi, Oakdale, Pine Springs, White Bear Lake and Willernie.
MAGI’s mission is to work in partnership with residents, schools, like Mahtomedi high school and Century College, businesses and nonprofits (like The Recyclery), and government to:
- Reduce use of nonrenewable, carbon-emitting fuels
- Produce renewable energy, including wind and solar
- Encourage an enduring community commitment to sustainability
MAGI began with a dream of bringing wind energy to the community. A Zephyr wind turbine, funded by private donations and grants, is now owned by Mahtomedi Public Schools and sited adjacent to the high school football field. The community raised funds for the project cost, which included educational links and curriculum development. The turbine is expected to produce between 12,000 and 15,000 kWh of grid-tied electricity per year.
The group gives an Environmental Leadership Award — a $1,000 scholarship — to a graduating senior who shows exceptional leadership on environmental issues.
A Green Initiative Fund has been established in partnership with the Mahtomedi Area Educational Foundation (MAEF). Tax-deductible contributions to this fund support renewable energy and environmental education projects and programs in the community.
The group meets once a month. Email Mary to sign up for the monthly e-newsletter or to learn more about upcoming community events.