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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...
Business-to-Business Mail Businesses and institutions receive a great deal of unsolicited mail, such as catalogs and advertising mail for products and services of all kinds. Even when these materials are wanted, there can be a tremendous amount of...
For many of us in younger generations, this moment in history feels like our defining moment. Sitting in a parked car to finish listening to the President of the United States address the United Nations on the topic of international cooperation...

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& Seed Swap

Sunday, August 3rd 2:00-3:30pm
Midtown Global Market Conference Room (lower level)
920 E Lake St., Minneapolis

Bring in your unwanted clothes and swap them for new-to-you items.  Clean clothing, shoes, and accessories for any age, gender, and size are welcome.  Any leftovers will be donated to charity. We will also be hosting a seed swap at the same time.  Bring your labeled extra seeds to exchange with others. This is a free event, but please consider making a freewill monetary donation in support of Do It Green! Minnesota’s sustainability programming.

More details can be found here.

 

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Low Power Community Radio

I’ve loved local radio since I was a kid listening to the “goings-on” in my tiny town. As an adult I carried that interest to New Orleans where the community radio station started in the storeroom above Tipitina’s music stage. They’d drop a mic down through a hole for broadcast.  Then I moved to St. Louis, where 88.1, Double Helix, began in the old Gaslight Square district. You rarely knew what they’d be doing, but it was always interesting. From humble beginnings, both stations have become integral parts of these communities. 

A low power, non-commercial, community radio station* can play a unique role by promoting local civic and cultural participation by all, including the underserved populace.  It is a place where people from all parts of a city can express themselves. Diverse voices speak and a free marketplace of ideas flourishes, helping audiences better understand each other and participate in the process rather than remaining mere consumers of sight, sound, and information.

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Gardening with Kids

My five year old son and I have enjoyed gardening together since he was little. We created our first garden in our front yard (where the sunlight was best), and it turned out to be the best place ever! We checked every morning when we went outside to play and each time we left to go somewhere. He even offered samples to our neighbors, who didn’t even know what kale was. At the young age of two, he began taste testing the herbs and grabbing a mint leaf on his way to school!

 

Solar Innovations

In our last blog entry, our Web & Social Media Manager David wrote about wind energy, which got me thinking about another popular form of renewable energy- solar.  In a way, solar is the most basic form of energy, since the plant life on earth is fueled by the sun, and those plants in turn allow animals to prosper.  And let’s not forget the heat from the sun that makes the Earth a pleasant place to live!

 

Solar might be an ancient form of energy, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also an exciting and innovative one.  If you go to your local hardware or home improvement store, you’ll find small scale solar panels along with numerous gadgets like solar phone chargers and camping lanterns.  Talk to someone interested in green appliance and remodeling, and they might tell you about the pros and cons of active vs. passive solar water heaters.  A visit to the public library or a neighborhood bookstore will reveal a variety of recent books on these topics, highlighting the rising popularity of solar power.

 

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