Introducing the vision of implementing sustainability habits in 10 days, and the experts at a recent MPLS Green forum
Our neighborhoods… our communities… our cities… our country…. our planet is interconnected. We can’t take one step without affecting another. In a similar vein, every step we take can make a positive impact on something else.
Here are 10 interconnected pieces of the sustainability puzzle that Minneapolis experts (Timothy DenHerder-Thomas, Russ Henry, Libby Wyrum, Johnnie Schmidt, and 11-year-old Dylan M.) talked about at the Conscious Living Expo at Lake Harriet Spiritual Center on April 4, 2015.
- Plant for Pollinators – bees and other pollinators are vital to our food supply, take a day this spring to plant consciously in your backyard… here’s how and why.
- Join the Pollinator Pledge – join the campaign to urge all community solar garden developers to plant for pollinators around their panels. It will take 5 minutes to join.
- Support the Community of Solar Gardens — participate in bringing the cost savings of solar within the reach of residents concerned about energy affordability. Learn more about solar garden collectives here.
- Support the Community of farmer’s markets — the local food shed is crucial for community sustainability… farmer’s markets are not simply quaint fun places to gather one day each week. Learn more here.
- Support the Community of urban farming – join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) team, and support Minneapolis Homegrown Food Council efforts to improve land-use access for diverse Minneapolis communities. Learn more here.
- Stay away from chemicals and use natural methods to enhance soil, which creates much more robust – as well as sustainable — gardens: consider bio-char and understand the value of compost.
- Plant a stronger garden, not grass. Learn more about it at Giving Tree Gardens. Consider using simple seed bombs.
- Host a DIY weatherization training house party — or contribute toward bringing services to lower-income communities.
- Shop the innovative Linden Hills farmer’s market, Sundays starting May 17; affiliate pop-up markets have started.
- Subscribe to MPLSGreen.com for occasional digests of ongoing best practices from Minneapolis experts about homegrown foods, renewable energy and cleaner garbage.