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Citizens Can Prevent Detrimental Development: Environmental Assessment & Citizen Petition Process In Minnesota

Jessie Houlihan Do It Green! Minnesota Each year development continues to encroach upon open spaces in Minnesota. Regardless of where you live, you can probably think of a development nearby that was constructed on land that was degraded by the construction, such as wetlands or special animal habitat. In order … Read more

How Green is Minnesota’s Government?

Sarah Ruth Lorenz How “green” is Minnesota’s government? Answering this question could involve examining various bills and polices. One needs to be cognizant of bills that have gained the legislature’s approval or what policies that are being enforced by state agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the … Read more

Minneapolis Residents Tackle Climate Change

Beth Bennett Center for Energy and Environment In 2007, the city of Minneapolis became the first city in the country to fund small grants for its residents to prevent climate change. The grants garnered tremendous success; Minneapolis residents pledged to prevent over 8.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually … Read more

The Power of Thinking Small — How Individual Actions Contribute to the Passing of State Legislation

Cesia Kearns Conservation Organizer, Sierra Club North Star Chapter “If you believe that one person cannot make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room.” —South African Proverb Good environmental policy results from cooperative effort between many parties, but the actions of individuals are no less crucial. Without … Read more

Top 10 Environmental News & Tips Sources

Do It Green! Minnesota LOCAL 1. Do It Green! Magazine, Web Database & E-Newsletter www.doitgreen.org 2. Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network (MnSCN) E-Newsletter www.nextstep.state.mn.us/update.cfm 3. Organic Consumers Association E-Newsletter (Organic Bytes) www.organicconsumers.org/organicbytes.htm 4. Canadian E-newsletter www.eartheasy.com 5. Local newspapers NATIONAL 6. Grist E-Magazine www.grist.org 7. E/The Environmental Magazine www.emagazine.com 8. Union … Read more

What’s the Green Scoop on Political Parties

Keith Pille For better or worse, the American political system is rooted very strongly in the tradition of a two-party system. Many “green” advocates are left to wonder whether their best course of action is to work within one of the two major parties, the Republicans and Democrats, which are … Read more

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