Natural Lawn and Garden Care

Ami Voeltz The Twin Cities Green Guide Most of us enjoy and appreciate a nice-looking yard, but lawns do more than just look good. They absorb and hold water, helping to reduce storm runoff and protecting water quality. Lawn care, however, can create environmental problems. One of the biggest problems …

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Can energy use data reduce electricity costs and environmental impacts?

Frontiers in the Environment with Alexandra Klass, IonE Resident Fellow and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Law School; and Elizabeth Wilson, IonE Resident Fellow and Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs As state and local governments and electricity users attempt to improve the efficiency of their buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions …

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Achieving a Sustainable Lawn

Robert Mugaas University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Environmental Horticulture Most of us value our lawns for their various environmental, recreational and aesthetic benefits. However, when we mismanage or neglect our lawns we diminish or destroy these benefits. As it happens, with a few maintenance and schedule adjustments, most every homeowner …

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PROFILE: Emma Krautheim, Youth Environmental Activist

Environmental Political Forum Emma, driven to initiate environmental change, directed the energy she formerly expended on the soccer field to being a founding member of YEA (Youth Environmental Activists of) Minnesota, speaking at the Neighborhood Sustainability Conference and helping Will Steger at his Focus the Nation event at First Avenue. …

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The Do It Green! House Project

Do It Green! Minnesota The Green Revolution is finally here  and it’s coming to our homes!  We’ve all seen growth in the green building sector and have probably heard of LEED certification (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System). There are quite a few homes being …

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Cook with Your Kids!

JENNY BREEN Local Chef/Educator Whether you have picky or adventurous eaters, you can give your children opportunities to learn about food by letting them help out in the kitchen. Kids will be more likely to eat what they help cook. Here are a few ideas for healthy and fun recipes: …

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Where Does Our Garbage Go?

Colleen Schoenecker Do It Green! Magazine What is solid waste? “Solid waste” is defined as garbage, refuse and/or other discarded materials resulting from human activities. The average Minnesotan generates 6 lbs. of solid waste per day, or over 2,000 lbs. annually. Most of us don’t realize that we have a …

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Is Your Garden Soil Leaded?

Katrina Edenfeld 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 as …

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Bicycle Commuting Guide

Doug Shidell Little Transport Press What’s the key to bicycle commuting? It’s the will to ride. Making the switch from driving to bicycling requires overcoming some barriers. It’s a lifestyle change. Bicycling requires being out in the weather; it means supplying the power that gets you to work; and it …

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