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Tip of the Day
Establishing an organics recycling program is a great way to reduce the amount of trash an organization or household disposes. Organics include all food waste and non-recyclable or food-soiled paper products and can make up approximately 25 percent of what we throw away. This article offers tips on how to start your own program.
8th Annual Green Gifts FairSat, Nov 23rd 10am-5pm
Midtown Global Market
2929 Chicago Ave. S. Mpls, MN 55407
Presented by Do It Green! Minnesota $1 Donation at the door. Featuring 75+ green gift vendors, music, demos, eco fashion show, food tasting, kids activities and more! Visit our event page to view the 2013 vendors and download a transit pass for the bus or lightrail the week before the event!
First Annual Conservation Biology Research Spotlight Fundraiser
Recent Blog Posts
Part of Do It Green! Minnesota’s mission is to help build healthy, local communities, and as a result, we often find ourselves focusing on the many vibrant communities that we have here in Minnesota. This is true not just when we are doing our educational programming, but also when we are looking for resources and information. From our urban centers like Rochester, Duluth, and the Twin Cities, to the countless small towns and rural areas across the state, our state is a veritable fount of environmental resources. Recently, however, I’ve had the chance to work with some terrific sustainability people and organizations from across the country, and it reminded me of how we can sometimes benefit from looking farther afield than we normally do.
In honor of Presidents’ Day, I thought it would be nice to write a blog entry about US presidents who have positive environmental legacies. Most of our presidents have had some sort of environmental impact, either good or bad, but there are a few who are widely remembered, at least in part, for their environmental stance.
When most people think of presidents with a strong environmental legacy, they think of Teddy Roosevelt. A passionate hunter and outdoor enthusiast, President Roosevelt made conservation a national issue. His creation of National Parks, Monuments, and Forests brought large tracks of land under the protection of the government, and he finalized the creation of the US Forest Service. While some might take issue with the more utilitarian aspects of his conservation stance, there is no doubt that he was one of the most influential figures in American conservation and environmental history.
With the winter we’ve been having, sometimes it’s nice to stay home, cuddle up with a warm blanket, and watch a movie. So what are some good movies with green themes? Here are some of my favorites:
- The American President: Admittedly, this is mainly a romantic political drama, but Annette Benning plays an environmental lobbyist trying to convince the President to support a bill limiting carbon dioxide emissions. It’s an interesting, if over-idealized look at environmental lobbying. Add in Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen, and Michael Douglas, and you’ve got a great movie.
- Fly Away Home: This is a sweet family-friendly movie about a little girl who rescues a clutch of goose eggs after a development project tears through the wetlands near her home. She rears them and teaches them to fly. It’s another movie with a terrific cast, since it stars Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, and Jeff Daniels. Interestingly, it’s also loosely based on a true story.