A Green Development Pattern is Now a Financial Necessity

Charles Marohn Strong Towns Strong Towns is a non-profit organization that is helping to change the way cities and neighborhoods are being built. The key insight that the Strong Towns movement provides is simple: it costs more financially to sustain our current development pattern than it generates in financial return. …

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Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota

Sue Roegge “As high school youth we have the power to unite. Instead of small organizations, we can come together as students representing all of Minnesota high schools to initiate real environmental action and to make change happen.” -Ethan Buckner, YEA Minnesota No one can deny that awareness of environmental …

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Can We Build a More Resilient Food Distribution System?

Frontiers in the Environment: Big Questions with   Matteo Convertino, IonE Resident Fellow and Assistant Professor, School of Public Health; and Craig Hedberg, Professor, School of Public Health Despite being a global concern, food safety is addressed in a systematic way only in some developed countries. We need an integrated …

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The Price to Pay for Fluorescent Lighting

Compiled by DO IT GREEN! MINNESOTA Lamp manufacturers believe that price is a major barrier to more widespread use of CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps). Consequently, they have outsourced production from the United States to China and other developing countries. As a result, US workers lose jobs while US manufacturing capacity …

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Global Warming: What Is Winona Doing About It?

ANNE MORSE Winona County Sustainability Cdtr. Environmental change is coming to the historic Mississippi River town of Winona, and that change is coming fast. The summer of 2007 saw the development of a groundbreaking collaboration to integrate sustainable behaviors into the institutional fabric of the community. Demonstrating genuine leadership, all …

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Installing a Residential Geothermal Heat Pump

Mark Snyder Do it Green! Magazine My journey toward geothermal climate control at my home in Minneapolis began some eight years ago, after my father installed a heat pump at his house in Andover, MN. At the time, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical of the idea of actually …

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