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Minneapolis Composting

Special thanks to Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association for its excellent Minneapolis composting and recycling forum in 2015, where much of this was discussed The mixture of nitrogen-rich greens from food waste, and carbon-based browns from yard waste, combine over a six- to nine-month period to create useable compost for landscaping and road construction projects. But even…

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…

Sustainable We Forum: Putting a Value on Waste, by Design

At the second Sustainable We forum, in November 2015, the take-away from the group conversation seemed to come down to three bullet points: Minneapolis has the capacity, if not yet the policies, to emphasize even more sustainable social values; Minneapolis has the innovators, if not yet the awareness about them, to lift up stronger design…

TechDump: The Electronic Waste Land

During a recent visit to TechDump‘s St. Paul location, 17-year-old Julian and 11-year-old Dylan got a tour by CEO Amanda LaGrange. She offered a snapshot of what the company does with massive mounds of e-waste, and why. Older models especially used more precious minerals in its larger components. Step 1: Collection Residents can drop off electronic waste at…

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…

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…

Minneapolis LEED Buildings: Commercial Properties

Part of a series that looks at Minneapolis and our approach to sustainable design, climate change and energy efficiency Minneapolis LEED Buildings might not be as extensive as Portland, Oregon (the general comparison MPLS Green is making in this series), but we do have pioneers. Of 154 LEED-oriented commercial and residential projects in Minneapolis overall,…

Minneapolis Climate Action Leaders

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

Climate Action Lobby is a national organization of concerned citizens who are asking for stronger climate protections — including the lobbying of D.C. Congresspeople for carbon fees. Its Minneapolis Climate Action leaders host the monthly conversation in Linden Hills. Monthly meetings are held via national phone conference call on the first Saturdays. The July 11…

Support Green Businesses

Common Roots Cafe, Minneapolis

These are some of the businesses, housing developments and green restaurants in Minneapolis that have been recognized (as of June 2015) as Hennepin County Environmental Partners. That means they have taken steps to put green practices into effect, such as recycling, re-use and composting. Consult this list for places you can support for their respect…

Minneapolis Sustainable Design: Where Is It?

The sustainable design going up at Edison High School in Northeast Minneapolis Summer 2015 (photo: AWH Architect Alex Haecker)

As I consciously and slowly build the smart content on MPLS Green to network and build awareness of Minneapolis sustainable design in its interlocking parts, I’m having interesting conversations with many architects, designers and entrepreneurs. I’m also learning of the eco-village communities that are growing in other parts of the world, like Malaysia. More to…