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Frank Jossi

Journalist. Content Strategist. Business Writer.

St. Paul, Minn.

Frank Jossi

St. Paul-based Frank Jossi writes about renewable energy and energy policy, development, politics and the arts. I am a journalist, editor, educator and writer of articles, case studies, white papers, reports and other materials. In a pinch, I take photographs. My career includes teaching twice abroad on Fulbright scholarships and receiving a Humphrey Fellows from the University of Minnesota. For more information see https://www.linkedin.com/in/frankjossi/

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Sustainable: Attacking COVID with filtration technology

Fitness trainer Suzy Levi installed an IOS-Aire filtration system when she reopened her St. Paul studio at 25% capacity in June. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, fitness trainer Suzy Levi closed her St. Paul studio and moved to virtual training for three months. Opening in June at 25% capacity, Levi phased in in-person, one-on-one training, then apparatus classes and finally in-person studio/online instruction.
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Sustainable: Carbon-neutral plan for Hillcrest development

Correction: An earlier version incorrectly stated the Port Authority leads the Hillcrest design process. Paul Port Authority has big plans to build a community on the site of the former Hillcrest Golf Course on city’s East Side. In August the city released four scenarios for the 112-acre site that would minimally create 1,000 new housing units and 1,000 jobs.
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Sustainable: Gauging carbon emissions poses challenges

Corporations have been measuring their carbon emissions for years to combat climate change, cut costs, and meet sustainability goals. But many companies amass inaccurate emission statistics and may inadvertently or purposely fail to consider all environmental impacts or rely on incomplete data to make unreliable claims.
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Sustainable: Solar projects advance despite clean-job losses

Minnesota’s clean jobs economy has taken a considerable hit since investments by businesses and consumers began scaling back in March as COVID-19 started shutting down the state’s economy. A report from Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) revealed more than 11,500 jobs had been lost, from a total of 61,805 at the end of 2019.
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Sustainable: Virus could spur long-term office changes

Every great crisis changes American lives, often leaving an indelible imprint on the workplace. Teasing out the legacy of COVID-19 so early in the pandemic can be fraught with miscalculations, but there are a few likely impacts that can estimated as the crisis unfolds with no clear end in sight. Finance & Commerce talked with two experts in building health and wellness to consider whether future offices will be different from what employees and visitors experience today.
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Minnesota academic pursues ‘engaged scholarship’ on clean energy policy

Gabe Chan, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, seeks to connect research with public policy. Since arriving in the state five years ago, the assistant professor at the University of Minnesota has become a persistent presence as state leaders refine rules and rates around its nation-leading community solar program.
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Proposal would heat, cool Minneapolis food hall, apartments with groundwater

A developer is pursuing city financing to build an aquifer thermal energy system as an alternative to natural gas. A Minneapolis developer wants to tap into aquifers to heat and cool a planned food hall and apartment complex on the city’s eastern edge. If successful, the project could offer a model as Minneapolis looks to reduce its reliance on natural gas — the dominant source of heating in the notoriously cold city and also its largest source of carbon emissions.
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Minnesota looks to electric vehicles, biofuels to cut transportation emissions

Critics say a recent report on decarbonizing transportation understates the importance of reducing driving. Minnesota officials see a path to decarbonizing the state’s transportation sector that doesn’t depend on convincing people to drive less. A recent report from the Minnesota Department of Transportation attempts to model what it will take to eliminate carbon emissions from transportation.
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Minnesota couple’s idea aims to keep solar panels free of snow buildup

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In Midwest, ethanol and electric vehicle advocates join forces on clean fuel plan

Supporters say the concept has the potential to accelerate emission reductions in transportation and agriculture. After years of fighting their own policy battles, ethanol and electric vehicle advocates are tentatively banding together against a shared enemy: fossil fuels. More than two dozen organizations have been meeting for nearly two years in Minnesota to work on a “technology-neutral” policy proposal aimed at decarbonizing transportation, which has surpassed electricity production as the state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
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As building benchmarking catches on in Minnesota, state’s pioneer shows results

The energy use intensity of larger commercial buildings in Minneapolis declined by 5.5% between 2015 and 2018. As more Minnesota cities take steps to require building energy benchmarking, evidence suggests that the state’s first such policy is helping to nudge energy consumption lower. Minneapolis was among the first major cities to require commercial building owners to measure and report energy use.
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Sustainable: St. Thomas microgrid tests vision for future

In a cinder block basement of a building on the south campus of the University of St. Thomas, a group of electrical engineering students huddle at computers monitoring operations of one of Minnesota’s only microgrids. Opened last November, the St. Funded through Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund, the $2.1 million microgrid took almost four years to become a reality.
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About

Frank Jossi

Here’s a summary of what I do:
Articles, profiles, stories for the media, in-house publications and web sites
Content for social media — Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin
Case Studies, including design and search engine optimization
White papers, including design and SEO
Speeches
Marketing materials — brochures, web sites, themes
Media planning
Coverage areas: Health care information technology, general information technology, law, politics.

My background includes reporting, editing, teaching and program managing an international press institute. As a volunteer I work for environmental organizations and serve on a neighborhood council.

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Skills

  • script writing
  • editing
  • interviewing
  • writing
  • leading
  • case study writing
  • reporting
  • public speaking