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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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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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Sustainable: St. Paul adopts benchmarking, climate plans

In the realm of sustainability and climate change policies, St. Paul has been left in the shadow of its aggressive twin to the west, Minneapolis. The City of Lakes for years led the nation in adopting ordinances and creating a utility partnership related to climate change. Although St. Paul had programs, it lacked a few key ingredients other leading cities possessed.
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Sustainable: County aids Edina, St. Louis Park benchmarking

Correction: This article has been updated to correctly identify the year in which Minneapolis enacted a building benchmarking ordinance. Edina and St. Louis Park last year joined a growing national energy benchmarking movement that requires large building owners to disclose their energy consumption.
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Sustainable: Matrix sets sustainable development targets

Rochester’s Destination Medical Center and the Towerside Innovation District in the Prospect Park neighborhood represent large, ambitious development projects that will impact their neighborhoods and cities for decades. Measuring how well those projects meet seven performance goals based on common ingredients found in healthy and sustainable communities is the focus of the “21st Century Development Matrix” (CD21).
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Sustainable: Residential properties join energy benchmarking

Collecting energy-use data has been a common practice for years among commercial building owners who understand efficiency investments can improve their bottom lines. Energy-consumption benchmarking remains relatively new in multifamily and single-family residential markets. Finding out how much energy an apartment or home consumes has required detective work because the data does not always exist.
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Sustainable: Mass timber construction’s appeal spreads

When T3 opened a few years ago in the North Loop of Minneapolis, it was the largest mass timber office building in the country. Designed by Vancouver, British Columbia-based Michael Green Architecture and DLR Group of Minneapolis, the seven story, 222,000-square-foot building at 323 Washington Ave.
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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