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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…

The Future Is… Toxins

John Warner, Warner Babcock

As I’ve mentioned, my father was an analytical chemist who went into plastics/polymers partly because of one of the infamous lines in The Graduate. He worked for Archer-Daniels and was a manager at Cargill, Bemis and other companies before, later in life, running his own analytical testing lab. I helped him write a few news…

Forum #3 Synopsis: 5 Architects on Building a Better City

photo by Bergerson Photography

At Sustainable We forum #3, five home builders/designers debated the state of energy efficient housing stock in Minneapolis today. It was a lively discussion. Will we be able to meet standards to cut carbon emissions from our leaky old houses and inadequate insulation? How? Why? The City’s Climate Action Plan calls for 30 percent reduction…

A Paris Climate Talk Roundup

I am keeping tabs on news reports coming out of the Paris climate talks, from some of my favorite green sources. I am posting occasional links on the Facebook and Twitter MPLS Green feeds. Here are a few from this first week: A great overview from Vox of the realistic possibilities from Paris What the Paris climate…

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…

Why I’m Tired of the Climate Change Discussion

Pope Francis

By Sophia Morrissette, 16, Minneapolis, as Pope Francis prepares his talk to U.S. Congress As a teenager, I’m tired of talking about climate change. At school, I’ve seen An Inconvenient Truth about 20 times and done a project on polar bears or renewable energy sources almost every year. We’re taught that blasting hot or cool…

My Conversion: A Story of Al Gore, Mayor Hodges and the Pope

Citizens Climate Lobby participants from Minnesota were among 800 who spoke in 500 Congressional offices in June 2015.

Whose Job Is It to Take Action on the Climate? by Mikki Morrissette, founder, MPLSGreen.com As a young girl growing up in Prior Lake, Minnesota, I was biking distance to the Franciscan Retreat House. At the time, it was almost the only thing behind our house other than a handful of homes, lots of trees,…

10 Steps for Sustainable Living

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.…

Policies Changing Around Sustainable Food

Good news! Green Biz reports this week that nutrition experts are now recommending sustainability of diet as a goal. Bob Langert, former VP of Sustainability at McDonald’s, wrote an article indicating that the group that creates federal nutrition guidelines is now including recommendations around sustainability of diet. The definition: “Sustainable diets are a pattern of…