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Alien Invasion: Invasive Exotic Species in Minnesota

Erin Hendel   “We are in a period of the world’s history when the mingling of thousands of kinds of organisms from different parts of the world are setting up terrific dislocations in nature.” – Charles S. Elton Along the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and St. Paul, … Read more

Are Antibiotics and Antibacterials Necessary?

Emily Moore Minnesota Pollution Control Agency We live in a time when world views are clashing and colliding everywhere. Evidence of this is all around us-religious views, political views, lifestyles-the list goes on and on. One such collision occurs in the way we view public health. One view, developed early … Read more

Backyard Wildlife – Questions & Answers

BellMuseum.org   What’s tunneling under my lawn? If your yard is criss-crossed with speed bump like tunnels, you probably have moles! In Minnesota we have two species of moles, the star-nosed mole and the Eastern mole. Both are small mammals, gray to black in color with large digging claws on … Read more

Biomimicry: Using Nature to Guide Us

Curt McNamara, P.E. Electrical Design Engineer and Adjunct Faculty in MCAD’s Sustainability Certificate Biomimicry is a design discipline that studies nature’s solutions in order to advance human designs and processes. Innovators from all walks of life-managers, designers, business leaders and more-can use biomimicry to create more sustainable designs. When faced … Read more

Bioneers!

Vonda Vaden Northland Bioneers The Northland Bioneers Conference, a feature of the Twin Cities calendar since 2006   The annual Fall Northland Bioneers Conference is an inspirational day or weekend-long event open to the entire community-students, teachers, workers, parents-anyone concerned for the future of the planet. Attendees listen to and … Read more

Boundary Waters Canoe Area at Risk

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness The canoe country of northern Minnesota is a resilient place. However, the newest threat in the north woods-a perpetual flow of acidic, toxic, metal-laden drainage from sulfide mining-is forever. In recent years, concern has increased as mining companies propose to extract copper, nickel, platinum … Read more

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

Commingling the Environment & Health Care

Linda Lindquist RN, BSN Healthcare workers are a hidden, next generation treasure of environmentalists. This group includes, but is not limited to, doctors, such as those specializing in infectious disease, nurses of all disciplines in heath care, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, dietitians, pharmacists, and emergency rescue response workers. The … Read more

Confronting Electric Racism

Lea Foushee Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota (EJAM) Hazardous waste, garbage incinerators and dumps have routinely been located on reservations and in communities of Color. Indigenous Peoples have experienced environmental racism for more than 500 years. Today, nuclear racism has become a most pernicious form of environmental racism. The nuclear … Read more

Contaminants in Your Own Backyard

Mark Snyder Do It Green! Minnesota With recent news stories about asbestos contamination in the Iron Range, arsenic in South Minneapolis or perfluorocarbons seemingly appearing everywhere in Minnesota, it is not surprising that Minnesotans may be growing increasingly concerned about what kinds of chemical hazards may be lurking in our … Read more

Eco Action Project Ideas and Resources: For Environmental Clubs

Sue Roegge The Minnesota Energy Challenge Can be used by club members or friendly competitions between classes, sports teams, etc.: mnenergychallenge.org, 612-335-5852 Global Warming projects Project ideas and lesson plans: Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy climategen.org 612-278-7147 Recycling Local facility tour information, project ideas, and resources… Resources, event recycling, … Read more

Heavy Metal Toxins: Outside and Inside

Gina Temple-Rhodes Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, Duluth, MN Lead and Mercury. Toxic Heavy Metals. Brain toxins. Do these sound like far-away problems for scientists to ponder? Guess again. Both mercury and lead can often be found in our own kitchens, homes and even grocery stores. Exposure to these heavy … Read more

How Curbside Composting Can Help Get us to Zero Waste

Eureka Recycling Imagine completing every day at home without generating garbage. Although you may recycle everything you can, your trash may be far from empty. Recycling is a powerful way to protect our environment and conserve resources, but it does not prevent waste entirely. By composting, you can eliminate another … Read more

Invasive Species: Frequently Asked Questions

Minnesota DNR What are invasive species? Species that have been introduced or moved, by human activities to a location where they do not naturally occur are termed “exotic,” “nonnative,” “alien,” and “nonindigenous.” Conversely, “native” describes a species living in an area where it is found naturally. What problems do invasive … Read more

Partnering with Agriculture for the Health of our Communities and our Environment

Mark Muller The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) The difficulties facing the Minnesota farmer are well known. Commodity prices for corn, soybeans, wheat and hogs are below the cost of production. The number of farms in Minnesota is in continual decline and the remaining farms merge and expand. … Read more

Sustainable Community Development

Jennifer Hawkins Graduate student at the University of Minnesota According to the Office of Environmental Assistance, “a sustainable community can persist over generations, enjoying a healthy environment, prosperous economy and vibrant civic life. It does not undermine its social or physical systems of support. Rather, it develops in harmony with … Read more

The Crossroads of Climate Change

Kathleen Weflen Editor-in-chief, Minnesota Conservation Sitting at a polished wood table, testifying before a legislative committee, the University of Minnesota Regents Professor was doing her best to explain the cascade of consequences likely to befall Minnesota’s environment and natural resources as the climate warms. Committee members stirred in their seats; … Read more

The Untold Stories of Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping

Durk Gescheidle Coalition for Animal Rights Education Fishing In Minnesota, during the spring, fishing enthusiasts take to the lakes and rivers in their boats and to their icehouses in the winter. Fishing is a popular year-round activity, but it is not without controversy. Fishing advocates point to “catch-and-release” as responsible … Read more

Waste? What’s the Problem?

Angie Timmons Hennepin County Environmental Services The average Minnesotan generates more than seven pounds of waste per day or more than a ton annually! Companies are producing more goods than ever before, and we are consuming goods at a faster rate than ever. From convenient single-serving containers that use more … Read more

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