Cultural Creatives “Driving Change”

LoAnn Hilde The Green Mercantile, Duluth We are entering an age where concern for health and the environment is driving consumers to affect change with their financial decisions. Green retailers and businesses are specially suited to serve the “Cultural Creative” consumer, a market comprising 50 million individuals, or 26% of …

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Nice Ride Minnesota is Here

Jake Quarstad Nice Ride Minnesota Nice Ride Minnesota launched the largest public bike sharing system in America on June 10, with 65 stations spread across the city, housing 700 bikes. Sign up for a 24-hour to year-long subscription with your credit card online or at a station. 1-year and 30-day …

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Minnesota GreenStep Cities: Taking Action with Proven Best Practices

Philipp Muessig, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Dan Frank, Greater Pine River Area Healthy Green Communities Partnership 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 …

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Garden Insect and Disease Control

Robert Mugaas University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Environmental Horticulture Over the past couple of decades there has been ever-increasing scrutiny of the products utilized for controlling pests in our home yards and gardens. That scrutiny is largely based on our growing safety concerns regarding those products, especially pesticides, to adversely …

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Eco History: The Life Cycle of Recycle

Emily Plucinak Carver County Historical Society Reduce, reuse, recycle. We have known the old adage since grade-school, seen the triangular-shaped symbol on the bottom of plastic containers, and have even crushed soda cans and brought them to our local supermarket’s parking lot. A century ago, however, waste not, want not …

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The Environmental Benefits of Making Dirt, Not Waste

Eureka Recycling The energy saving benefits of recycling have been touted for years, but calculations about the environmental benefits of composting are just surfacing. Recent studies confirm that composting is an effective and accessible way to reduce greenhouse gases. Our household waste is a significant contributor to global warming, and …

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Twin Cities Community Radio

Dan Richmond KFAI Community Radio / Program Director The state of commercial radio in the Twin Cities is horrible. In my opinion, it always has been. Fortunately, our community is blessed with a number of non-profit, non-commercial radio stations that offer more to listeners than commercials and contrived corporate programming. …

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