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The Visibility Cloak: Creating Collective Attention

At an April 19 “Sustainable We” forum, the topic was how we make the invisible visible. Discussion leaders included Sarah Super of Break the Silence, who gives voice to rape survivors partly by telling her own story… Kathleen Schuler of Healthy Legacy, who works to reduce dangerous toxins in the home… and Shalini Gupta of Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy,…

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…

Making Things Visible: Sarah Super

What do air pollution and rape have in common? Both were the focus of conversation at “The Visibility Cloak” on Tuesday, April 19, Red Stag — what is invisible right in front of us, and what can we do about it? With so many issues begging for attention — with the sometimes overwhelming weight of white supremacy,…

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

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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…

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…

RESULTS Sustainable We #2: The Life Cycle of Waste

Our city-wide series of “Sustainable We” conversations  continued November 16 with a group discussion at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community center in Linden Hills about Minneapolis garbage. Overview: Putting a Value on Waste, by Design Amanda LaGrange explained the work TechDump does, not only giving new life to electronics, but training and hiring those who have had trouble finding employment. Read more about TechDump…

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…