Rainwater falling on our roofs, driveways, lawns and streets can pick up pollutants like litter, oil, fertilizers and pesticides before flowing into storm drains. Storm drains are directly connected to local lakes, rivers and streams, which means any pollution picked up in rainwater adds pollution to those bodies of water. For example, the rain that falls in north Minneapolis … [Read more...]
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Summer is right around the corner and for downtown Minneapolis that means the start of The Commons 2018 summer season. Now in its second year, more than 500,000 guests are expected to gather for free community events and programming at the 4.2 acre green space, which is managed and programmed by Green Minneapolis. The 2017 season featured 68 events, including Northern … [Read more...]
Spring has (finally) sprung and we all know that means barbecue season is officially upon us. The unofficial summer pastime brings together families and friends as we head outdoors to fire up the grill and enjoy the warmer weather. It also provides the perfect opportunity to reduce our eco-footprint. Not sure where to start? No worries; we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re … [Read more...]
Farmers markets have come a long way in the past decade or so. At one point, you could only find a handful in the Twin Cities Metro area. Now, they are peppered all over the city, including the newly reopened outdoor Nicollet Mall location in downtown Minneapolis. It’s a good thing, too, because these area markets are goldmines for accessing locally grown produce and … [Read more...]
Did you know it’s possible to drink responsibly when it comes to the environment? No, we’re not talking about how many drinks you can handle in one sitting — you should have learned that by the time you graduated college. We are talking about how to drink eco-friendly. Yes, that may sound far-fetched, but it’s not as hard as you might think. Whether you are into beer and … [Read more...]