Discovery Woods School in Brainerd received a $3,000 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams, or CERTs.

"We're very excited to learn about the grant award," said Heidi Auel of Discovery Woods School in a news release. "We can't wait to get started on our project, LED lighting for the library."

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Discovery Woods School is a public charter located in the former Whittier Elementary School in north Brainerd. The school was built in 1940 and has been through multiple renovations, but has not been upgraded in many years. The library space has old fluorescent tube lighting that is irreplaceable and many tubes are burned out. School officials want to replace the lighting with new energy-efficient LED lights to provide a more welcoming and space as well as educate families about the benefits of LED lighting.

The award is one of 39 grants given to innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities across Minnesota. These awards mark the ninth round of Seed Grants from the group, totalling over $1 million to 300 projects since 2006. A complete list of funded projects can be accessed at

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provides these Seed Grants with two primary objectives in mind," said Lissa Pawlisch, CERTs director, in the release. "First, to encourage implementation of community-based clean energy projects across the state. Second, to provide an educational forum for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, community and ecological benefits."