POLITICO Magazine published this week an extensive article on waste-to-energy in Minneapolis as part of their series on “What Works”, a year-long reported series featuring innovative ideas—and how they spread—from cities across the United States at a time of unprecedented urban reinvention. In downtown Minneapolis, along with the Minnesota Twin’s relatively new baseball stadium, the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) has become an important component in the revitalization of a once industrial neighborhood. The HERC is considered the centerpiece of Minneapolis’s drive to go carbon neutral by 2030. An added perk seems to be the heat supplied to the baseball stadium supplied by pipes running from the HERC to the ballpark, therefore allowing the Twins to play games that might have been cancelled due to the cold with the HERC. “Without the relationship with the HERC we wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the things we do to keep the stadium running right”, according to Gary Galwes, senior director of ballpark systems. “We see it as an asset in our neighborhood”, says Nick Koch of HGA, an architectural firm that recently moved into the area. It is front and center of every presentation made to those who might change the neighborhood, he adds. To read this excellent article that speaks directly to the benefits of waste-to-energy, please click here.