Tag Archive for renewable byproduct

Thriving in a Land of No Waste

— Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949 It is a romantic notion that all the elements of our world are interconnected, as Wisconsin author Aldo Leopold captured in his 1949 ode to our ecology. But, it is also an accurate notion. This is, after all, how the cycles of our world have survived, century…

Action: How Can We Reduce Waste?

There were several focal points at the November 2015 “Sustainable We” forum that lend themselves to action steps Minneapolis residents can take to reduce waste. 1. Think About Your Buying Habits Recognize that waste is less about what you throw in the trash and more about what you buy. See this story for more on that conversation. As…

2015 EcoBlend Award for Home Design

At the recent BLEND Awards, two local designers were recognized for their smart, sustainably minded designs as EcoBLEND badge winners. Affordable and Sustainable One laudable project was done by Marnie Peichel Architecture and Design, with Lewis Building & Remodeling, on behalf of the City of Lakes Community Land Trust, for a property in North Minneapolis. It is a multi-generational…

Where Does Garbage Go in Minneapolis?

by Dylan Morrissette, going into 6th grade, Anthony Middle School Because my mom created this MPLSGreen.com website, and because my sister works with Cool Planet Minnesota to learn about climate change, I know how much work we have to do to help keep our planet healthy. Right now it is pretty sick — pollution in…

How Much Do We Waste?

As the City of Minneapolis moves toward a 2020 zero-waste goal of 50% sent to recycling and composting centers, rather than landfills, Hennepin County’s new Recycling Progress Report gives an indication of how far we need to go to get there. Minneapolis is not in the Top 10 of the County for recycling efforts. But…

A Progressive St. Paul Stadium

CHS Field

The minor-league St. Paul Saints baseball franchise — which opens in its new CHS Field on June 5, 2015 — is a major-league stadium when it comes to sustainability. According to GreenBiz.com, it is the first sports venue to meet Minnesota’s B3 Sustainable Building 2030 Energy Standards, “an energy conservation program designed to significantly reduce…

Building Salvage in Minneapolis

Southwest High School demolition

When the non-profit Green Institute’s ReUse Center closed in 2011, it was a loss for Minneapolis. The Institute provided both a building salvage center and deconstruction, operating out of East Phillips from 1995 to 2011. It focused on the reduction of construction and demolition debris. The Institute closed due to financial difficulties. According to the…

The Cost of House Demolition in Minneapolis

In 2014, the City of Minneapolis issued 184 wrecking permits, the vast majority of which were for single family homes. The demolition of a typical 2,000 square foot home generates approximately 127 tons of Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste. Nationally, C&D waste accounts for over 40 percent of waste by ton sent to landfills. According…

Q&A: Green Architect Alex Haecker

Alex Haecker, AWH Architects

“The greenest building is the building that already exists.” — longtime phrase used in the preservationist architecture industry Growing up in Omaha, Alex Haecker watched a large collection of historic warehouses demolished. It set him on a path of finding new ways to restore, repurpose and recreate older spaces and its materials into modern, sustainable…

Kids Tackle Oil

The Royalton Youth Energy Summit (YES!) Team learned that one quart of used motor oil, when not disposed of correctly, can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water. They wondered what happens to that used oil? Once upon a time that oil was dumped on gravel roads to keep dust down — but that is environmentally unsound,…