Yesterday’s Remedies for Today

Annie D’ssouza Do It Green! Minnesota What we consider to be alternative medicine today was not always so “alternative.” Around the turn of the 20th century, there were 22 homeopathic medical schools, more than 100 homeopathic hospitals and more than 1,000 homeopathic pharmacies in the U.S. About one third of …

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Building a Community in Your Neighborhood

Do It Green! Minnesota Building and maintaining a community in your neighborhood works only if the efforts are people-powered. Check out the ideas below or be creative and determine what works in your area. Drink your morning coffee on the front porch. Go for a walk; greet people you pass …

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Duluth

Do It Green! Minnesota Green and Sustainable Living Resources for Duluth, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota is part of the Twin Ports (Duluth, MN and Superior, WI), Approximately 150 miles northeast of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. With a population of 100,000, Duluth is a city actively involved with sustainable issues. Several citizen …

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Deciphering Product Labels

Liz McMann Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op Free Range? Cruelty Free? Natural? It’s tough to keep track of all the labels and claims on food and personal care products these days. Some labels require rigorous certifications, while others are completely meaningless! One way to get around this issue is to …

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From Wasteful Tourist to Ecotraveler

Jessie Houlihan Do It Green! Minnesota The convenience of tourism, complete with tiny non-recyclable toiletries, gas-guzzling airplanes and over-packaged fast food, leads to an accumulation of waste. In order to revamp travel into a more sustainable practice, we must abandon the traditional idea of tourism and adopt a new goal …

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What is the Solution to Global Warming?

WILL STEGER Global Warming 101 A Global Warming Arctic-Recent changes mean more open water during the winter season. Before I dedicated myself full-time to the issue of global warming, I tried to understand the root of the problem. It became clear to me that people are socially disconnected from each …

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Bands That Go Green

Reprinted from Sarah Lipman thegreenguide.com Musicians have long been catalysts for social change. When it comes to the environment though, the music industry has lagged behind. However, many musicians today are climbing aboard the “green” tour bus. Why should they care? As a whole, the music industry contributes 150,000 tons …

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Reduce Your Commuting Costs by Asking Your Employer about Metropass

Bob Gibbons Metro Transit More and more Twin Cities businesses large and small are helping employees underwrite the cost of commuting by bus and train. Employees within a company frequently become the catalyst for a company-sponsored transit benefit by asking their employers to examine Metro Transit’s premium business partnership called …

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Park Rapids Wind Energy Project Provides Clean Energy and Education

Mao Lee and Kathleen McCarthy Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) The Park Rapids Area Century School in Minnesota knows the importance of saving energy, producing clean, renewable energy, educating the community and raising the next generation of young leaders — grades K–8, specifically. In 2007, the school received funding from CERTs and …

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