Oak Grove Youth are holding a Shredding Event on Saturday, May 13, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Help the environment by bringing your documents to be shredded onsite. Cost is $10/grocery bag or $20/box. Tell your friends!
Oak Grove hosted a successful Earth Day “Electrify Everything” event on Saturday, April 22, 2023. The event featured talks by Buff Grace of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light on the federal Inflation Reduction Act and by Alexis Troschinetz of CERTs/UMN Extension on Heat Pumps as a powerful climate solution.
The event also included tours of Oak Grove’s Green projects including: Solar, EV charging, Insulation, Heat Pumps, Recycling-Composting, Rain Gardens, and LED Lighting throughout the church. Scroll down for photos and links to slide shows.
Thanks to the volunteers: Pdon Pinkham, Bob Gerdes, Eric Duvall, Amanda Fineran, Larry Klueh, Al Greimel, Randy Dop, John and Mary Crampton, and Ruth Dukelow; staff members Sue Gjerset, Mary Koon, and Bart Roush, along with partnering organizations Erica Sniegowski and Peggy Kvam of Nine Mile Creek Watershed District and Madyson Hoese of the American Lung Association Minnesota. We estimate that 70 people attended, many from other faith communities who came to learn from our work here at Oak Grove. Next up is our annual EV Expo in late September…. stay tuned.
Electrify Everything!!! Earth Day Expo
Saturday, April 22, 2023, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
1:00-2:30 p.m. Talks by Experts:
– Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for All, Buff Grace, MN Interfaith Power and Light Link to Buff Grace’s Presentation (YouTube video)
– Heat Pumps for You, Alexis Troschinetz, CERTs/ UMN Extension Link to Alexis Troschinetz’ Presentation (YouTube video)
2:30-5:00 p.m. Tours of Oak Grove Projects:
– Solar: Solar Panels Slide Show
– Insulation: Insulation Slide Show
– Heat Pump: Heat Pump Slide Show
– LED Lighting: LED Lighting Slide Show
– Rain Gardens and Native Plants: Rain Garden Slide Show
– Recycling/Composting/Reuse: Recycling Slide Show
2022 Electric Vehicle Expo, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, Saturday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2022 EV Expo photos (Facebook album)
2022 EV Expo Aerial View
Learn how you can reduce your carbon emissions, save money, stop feeding the oil-gas monster and clean up air pollution. Come see:
- Dealer test drives/test rides of the latest EV models including the Ford F-150 Lightning
- 25 EVs on display with their owners telling about their driving experiences.
- Electric bikes, e-mowers and e-snow blowers
- Electric School Bus from Eastern Carver County District
- Talks about picking the right EV, rates for charging, electric school buses, climate benefits, cost savings and a women’s panel “Why We Love Our EVs”
Event is free and open to the public in the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church parking lot. Visitor parking will be available at nearby sites and on-street locations. Shuttle service will be available from Creekside Center parking lot (98th and Penn) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oak Grove Presbyterian, 2200 W. Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington 55431 952-888-4621
2021 EV Expo news article
EV Expo Slideshow (PDF)
Oak Grove’s Earth Day AFF on Sunday April 24th 9:15-10:15am
The walking tour starts at church at 9:15 a.m. It will also be streamed on Facebook Live if you prefer watch the tour online.
The AFF for Oak Grove’s Earth Day celebration on Sunday April 24th will be the Green Committee’s walking tour of different sites around the church where we are moving to clean, non-polluting renewable energy and clean water. The tour will show our LED lights, solar panels, wind energy, electric vehicle charging, rain gardens, air source heat pumps and all the insulation and sealing of our building to cut energy use and switch to carbon-free sources. We will also show how we are educating the next generation.
Find out what we are doing to protect God’s Creation and pass on a livable Earth to our kids and grandkids. Find out how you can do many of these things in your homes and help our church become net zero in electricity, heat/cooling, and transportation.
Thank you to the Green Committee for giving an informative Adult Faith Formation (AFF) program on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Their non-partisan presentation, Caucusing for Climate on Tuesday, February 1, focused on the upcoming party caucuses. The parties are making it easier this year to take part in the caucus process including the DFL’s contactless caucus that you can do at home.
See the list below for links to the Green Committee’s presentation and key links for finding your caucus, becoming a delegate to the endorsing conventions, offering resolutions, and more. For further information, contact John Crampton, Chair-Green Committee, 612-396-6010 email@example.com
Minnesota Secretary of State- Caucus Finder (for all parties)
DFL (Democratic) Non-Attendee Form PDF (to volunteer to be delegate to nominating convention)
Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington is hosting our 3rd Annual Electric Vehicle (EV) Expo on Saturday, October 9, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
EV Expo Slideshow (PDF)
Over 20 EVs will be on display, and their owners will share their driving experiences. The American Lung Association will host dealer test drives of some of the latest EV models.
Talks by experts will include:
- What EV is Right for You?
- Utility Rates and Rebates for EVs
- Let’s Go to Electric School Buses Now!
- Charging Networks for Road Tripping
- Climate and Health Benefits of EVs
- Women’s Panel: Why We Love EVs
Electric bikes, e-scooters, e-mowers, and e-snowblowers will be on display, along with an EV transit van.
The events and test drives follow Covid protocols and are free and open to the general public. The event will be outdoors at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 W. Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington 55431 952-888-4621