Bruce Anderson established Sustainable Community Solutions in November 2006 to build on his previous 20+ years of experience in the energy and environmental fields. He worked as an energy consultant, energy auditor and low-income weatherization specialist in the Twin Cities for a number of years, studied energy and environmental policy as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and worked in state government as a pollution prevention specialist. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences in 1983.christmas2006.JPG

Anderson is the founder of RENew Northfield, a grassroots nonprofit whose mission is to lead the Northfield area community to energy self-sufficiency. He served as RENew’s board president from 2001 through 2005 as a volunteer, and was employed as the group’s executive director from 2005 through 2006. In 2001, he was awarded a Blandin Fellowship from the Blandin Foundation in support of his volunteer work establishing RENew Northfield.

While with RENew Northfield, Anderson worked closely with Carleton College to bring the first college-owned commercial-scale wind turbine in the U.S. to Northfield in 2004. The 1.65-megawatt turbine produces enough electricity annually to power 600 average households. He also worked with Rice County on a potential county-owned wind project. While at RENew Northfield he also began other local wind and solar initiatives, a green affordable housing initiative, and worked on local transportation efficiency issues.