Tag Archive for air quality

Forum: The Visibility Cloak

“Sustainable We” Forum April 19, 2016 The Club Room at Red Stag  MPLSGreen/Sustainable We hosted a forum titled “The Visibility Cloak” as part of the citywide Fierce Lament activities coordinated by art activist Camille Gage. How are we making the rape of our land/air/water and people visible? How do important issues come to light — especially those that…

Creating a Healthy Legacy: Reducing home toxins

Kathleen Schüler, director of Healthy Legacy, has helped create legislation in Minnesota around creating less toxic children’s products. It might seem strange to think that toxins in children’s products is even a possibility, but many of our everyday products are created with chemicals — no one is particularly immune from exposure. Thanks to the work…

When People Make Toxic Tides Shift

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  ― Margaret Mead In 2002, the Denver-based insulation company Johns Manville decided that the science (and market) around the dangers of formaldehyde were too strong to ignore, and it stopped using the chemical to make insulation. At the…

What Gives Us Cancer? A Primer on Indoor Air Toxins

In educating myself about air quality issues in Minneapolis (see below for links), I’ve become more aware of what most of us don’t realize — how much toxicity we are exposed to in our own homes. Low-income communities in particular tend to be vulnerable because of multiple exposure: 1) they live in areas that have worse outdoor…

Do You Know What You Are Breathing?

When microbeads were brought to the public’s attention nationally as an unnecessary environmental toxin, it didn’t take much time for us to get legislation moving and to pressure manufacturers to phase out their use. Those tiny, shiny bits of plastic, used as a kind of exfoliant in personal care products, are visible. The Minnesota Pollution…

FAQ: What Do We Know About Minneapolis Air Pollution?

After several people reported this week increased asthma issues — one friend ended up in urgent care — I looked into what we know about Minneapolis air pollution. From Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Contact for a recording of air quality issues – including how to make a complaint about an industrial emitter– 651-296-7300 Contact at Department of Health…

Forum: Who Regulates Our Toxins?

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At the first Sustainable We forum, “Parks, Pollinators and Pesticides,” 40 engaged Minneapolis residents talked about how our toxic chemicals are regulated, who makes risk assessments, where the scientific data comes from, and whether we trust governmental agencies with our safety. This is a lengthy overview of the process of how pesticides are regulated. U.S. Standards Compared…

School Costs: Energy Use and Air Quality

Southwest High School, Minneapolis, under construction

School costs for energy are second only to personnel costs as the leading draw on K-12 school district operating budgets. Schools spend approximately $75 per student on gas bills and $130 per student on electricity each year… By implementing energy efficiency measures, many K-12 schools have been able to reduce energy costs by as much…