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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. He's a journalist, editor, educator and writer of case studies, white papers, reports and other materials. In a pinch,he also takes photographs. His career includes teaching on two Fulbright scholarships and receiving a Humphrey Fellowship from the University of Minnesota.

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How land under solar panels can contribute to food security

Honey producers Travis and Chiara Bolton keep bees at three solar farms where developers seeded native plants underneath and around panels. “The advantage to these sites is that they are intentionally planted for pollinators,” says Travis Bolton. “At these sites they’re really trying to get them back to a native prairie, and that’s a benefit to us.”.
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Solar Farms Produce Power—and Food

From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission. At a recent solar energy conference in Minneapolis, attendees unwound at happy hour tasting free pints of a local honey-based India Pale Ale called “Solarama Crush.”. Minnesota-based 56 Brewing makes the smooth IPA using honey from hives located on solar farms outside the Twin Cities.
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Sustainable: Plugging energy into construction planning

On Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, one of the first health care buildings in the country to use “performance-based procurement” has begun to take shape. Performance-based procurement makes energy efficiency a priority in planning new buildings. In the case of the 155,000-square-foot addition to the Generose Building on Mayo’s St.
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Minneapolis studying on-bill financing for efficiency projects

A study will look at how the city could use utility bills to expand access to energy efficiency programs. The city of Minneapolis is exploring an emerging model for paying for energy efficiency improvements through customers’ utility bills. Supporters of “inclusive financing” say it can help broaden access to energy efficiency programs, which often fail to reach renters, lower-income customers, and those with poor credit scores.
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Cogeneration advocates take aim at Midwest utility standby charges

Minnesota takes the lead with reforms advocates say will bolster the case for combined heat and power plants. Several Midwest states are taking a new look at a long-ignored utility charge that efficiency advocates say discourages investment in combined heat and power plants. Standby charges are meant to cover the cost for utilities to provide backup capacity when combined heat and power (CHP) systems are offline, but critics say the charges often exaggerate the expense.
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Can Sioux tribes pull off largest ever clean energy project on tribal land?

The Oceti Wind Project aims to overcome financial, cultural and bureaucratic barriers to tribal renewable development. Lyle Jack had long wondered how his Oglala Sioux community could take advantage of its location on the remote, windswept plains of South Dakota. The tribal economic development manager dreamed of bringing wind energy development to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
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Sustainable: Port Authority aims for net-zero warehouse

Wanted: Company looking to construct a 60,000-square-foot warehouse/office building in St. Paul that will be “net-zero” by producing as much energy as it consumes. Contact St. Paul Port Authority.Over the past few years the concept of high-performance “net-zero” buildings has taken off globally in architectural and sustainability communities.
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Minneapolis suburb adopts student-endorsed plan to boost EVs, efficiency

Thanks to student activism, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, is backing up a carbon neutral pledge with an ambitious climate action plan. A Minneapolis suburb is moving forward with a climate action plan, thanks in part to the activism of high school students. Last month, the St. Louis Park City Council adopted a climate action plan, a more formal policy that follows a May 2016 resolution vowing to make the city carbon neutral by 2040.
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Building Blocks: Finnegans House

“We call it the ‘untap room’ because so many other taprooms look so industrial,” said Jacquie Berglund, Finnegans CEO, who points to the inspiration of Irish pubs. “We wanted to offer nice furniture, good acoustics and beautiful art.”. The 4,500-square-foot Finnegans House taproom sits on the building’s south side, where patrons sit at long tables with benches or at smaller tables with chairs.
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Building Blocks: Osborn370

Architect: Bergstedt, Wahlberg & Wold (original); ESG Architecture & Design. Partners: PAK Properties, Schafer Richardson Inc., Halverson and Blaiser Group LTD, Grand Real Estate Advisors, Chasing Growth LLC. Property description: A downtown St. Paul mainstay and for many years the city’s tallest building, the 20-story Osborn370 is being reborn as an innovation hub for the east metro.
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Building Blocks: The Hagfors Center at Augsburg University

Name: The Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Business and Religion at Augsburg University. Property description: Combining three disciplines that sometimes collide with one another, the Hagfors Center for Science, Business and Religion creates an attractive gateway to the Augsburg University campus on 21st Avenue South.
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Sustainable: A green Super Bowl in a green stadium

Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis received gold-level LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the Washington, D.C. -based United States Green Building Council in November. Though the stadium’s LEED designation counts as a big deal, it’s not so uncommon in the Twin Cities.
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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
  • interviewing
  • case study writing
  • leading
  • editing
  • public speaking
  • reporting
  • writing