Discover Great Printing

Ami Voeltz Do It Green! Minnesota We are all aware of the importance and power of the printed piece. We also know the power we have to make a huge impact on reducing the number of trees being cut down and lowering the amount of toxins in our waters. Energy …

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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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A Sampling of Minnesota’s Sustainable Building History

The Weidt Group on behalf of the USGBC-Mississippi Headwaters Chapter 1945 Andersen introduced the Pressure Seal double hung window, which uses a removable sash and pressure-seal weather-stripping to keep out wind and precipitation. 1966 The Perm-Shield System, by Andersen, made its debut. The patented, tough vinyl exterior for wood windows …

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Why Choose Green Building?

Sarah Nettleton Sarah Nettleton Architects Ltd The building industry consumes significant amounts of energy, water, and natural resources, and billions of tons of raw materials annually, choosing to build “green” homes can help reduce this burden on our environment. Since our “home” extends beyond the walls of our houses, we …

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Capturing Cardio Power

Do It Green! Minnesota No pain, no gain, right? At the California Fitness Center, the new mantra may be “no pain, no power.” French inventor Lucien Gambarota has created a revolutionary concept in which energy burned through exercise is converted to powering light fixtures. The excess energy is then stored …

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What Is Your Ecological Footprint?

Jessica Houlihan Do It Green! Magazine Every person, through basic life decisions, has the ability to affect their surroundings. One’s attitude can rub off on others, one’s choices can inspire people around them and one’s daily decisions affect the environment. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, “just as owning …

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Can social media inform the causes and consequences of environmental change?

Frontiers in the Environment: Big Questions Managing complex social-ecological systems requires information about how humans are affecting the environment and how environmental changes affect human wellbeing. Gathering data on the interactions between people and the environment across space and time is challenging and resource intensive; the years required for data …

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Greener Design and Remodeling

Michael Anschel Otogawa-Anschel Design + Build If you are reading this article, you may already know the importance of considering our planet’s resources when designing our homes. Determining the most sustainable solutions is a real challenge. Should you invest in solar panels? Should you buy the carpet with the Green …

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