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Cities all over the state are considering ways to protect the environment and reduce costs, and many of them are looking to a new program called Minnesota GreenStep Cities. GreenStep Cities is an action-oriented voluntary program offering a cost-...
If you are planning to start a vegetable garden or if you have one already, you may be wondering what's in your soil and is it healthy enough to grow food in it? The University of Minnesota (UMN) Soil Testing Laboratory offers tests for lead as well...
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Massive Open Online Courses

December 15, 2014

One of the questions we get asked most often here at Do It Green! Minnesota is where people can get more in-depth information on a topic.  We encourage people to check out all the articles on our website, recommend books, and direct them to other organizations.  One great resource that many people aren’t familiar with is MOOCs (massive open online courses).

MOOCs are free, online courses open to members of the public.  Some are self-guided, allowing the user to access them at any time, while others run during specific time periods.  MOOCs can take anywhere from less than an hour to several months to complete.  They are often administered by universities or nonprofits, but they don’t usually provide any credit or official degree certification.

MOOCs are wonderful because they offer anyone with an internet connection an opportunity to engage in high-quality learning.  Course topics range from math to medicine to medieval literature, and not surprisingly, there are a large number of MOOCs that focus on sustainability and the environment.

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Green Holiday Baking

December 1, 2014

For many years now, it’s been my tradition to start my holiday baking over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  Each year, I bake about 40-45 dozen cookies (yes you read that correctly!) and mail them off to my family throughout the country.  This is a very big undertaking for me, and I usually start planning it about two months in advance.  This planning helps me stay organized, and it also helps me have a more sustainable baking experience.

 

Here are some of the things I do to lower the environmental impact of my holiday baking:

Winter Gardening

November 17, 2014

It’s 12 degrees, snowy, and icy, and I just had a great conversation with a colleague about year-round gardening!  You probably think we were talking about greenhouses, but we weren’t.  Our conversation actually went back and forth between two topics- windowsill herb gardens and fall planting of flower seeds.

 

Many herbs can be grown indoors in pots all year round, provided they are placed near a window in order to get light.  If you don’t already have a windowsill herb garden, try it out this winter.  Not only will you be able to add some fresh flavor to your cooking, but growing plants indoors can brighten up a room and take away some of the winter gloom.  Herbs like basil, cilantro, chives, and oregano grow great in pots, but you can try anything you like.

 

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