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Tip of the Day
Establishing an organics recycling program is a great way to reduce the amount of trash an organization or household disposes. Organics include all food waste and non-recyclable or food-soiled paper products and can make up approximately 25 percent of what we throw away. This article offers tips on how to start your own program.
8th Annual Green Gifts FairSat, Nov 23rd 10am-5pm
Midtown Global Market
2929 Chicago Ave. S. Mpls, MN 55407
Presented by Do It Green! Minnesota $1 Donation at the door. Featuring 75+ green gift vendors, music, demos, eco fashion show, food tasting, kids activities and more! Visit our event page to view the 2013 vendors and download a transit pass for the bus or lightrail the week before the event!
Home lawn and garden practices significantly impact the health of the Mississippi River. Whether you're interested in a smaller native planting or
Alexandra Klass, IonE Resident Fellow and Professor of Law, Law School
Recent Blog Posts
I recently heard the term ecological handprint for the first time. As a conservation biologist and environmental educator, I’ve been using and thinking about the term ecological footprint for years, but the concept of an ecological handprint was new to me, and I find it very appealing.
Ecological footprints help people understand the impact that their actions are having on the world, but they do so in a largely negative fashion. They consider the way your food, housing, travel, and other lifestyle choices impact the Earth’s ecosystems and resources. Many footprint calculators are available to help you gauge your own impact, and they often report your footprint in terms of the number of Earths that it would take to allow everyone on the planet to live your lifestyle.
If you’ve watched a local television station in the past week or so, you’ve probably seen the commercials for “Goodwill Halloween”, or more specifically for the costumes and decorations that you can find at your local Goodwill Industries retail thrift store. Reuse is a key component of a sustainable lifestyle, and thrift stores like the Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, and many others are a great place to shop for secondhand items all year round, not just during Halloween.
You never know exactly what you’re going to find at a secondhand store, and some stores specialize in certain items more than others. But in my experience, stores likes the ones I mentioned above are a sure fire bet for certain secondhand items. Here are some of the things I recommend purchasing almost exclusively at thrift stores:
There is a growing need for volunteers to help with science. Scientists who track water quality in our rivers, study migration patterns of birds and butterflies, or work to protect plant and animal species from extinction often need large amounts of data from across the country, or even the world. That’s where you come in; members of the public can volunteer to help, after careful training, with collecting information about the world around them.