Now in its second year, more than 500,000 guests are expected to gather for free community events and programming at The Commons park, a 4.2 acre green space which is managed and programmed by Green Minneapolis.
A space for articles pertaining to environmental justice and sustainable energy initiatives, with an emphasis on conservation and money-saving tips.
This page is sponsored in part by Hennepin County.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hennepin County is in the process of revising its recycling ordinance with a focus on increasing organics recycling. Because organic materials, which include food, non-recyclable paper, and compostable products, currently make up about 25 percent of the trash, increasing organics recycling is an important step toward meeting the county’s goal of recycling 75 percent of waste by […]
Become a Master Recycler/Composter. Join fellow waste reduction enthusiasts and become an advocate for your community as a Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter. These trained volunteers plan and implement projects that prevent waste, improve recycling and increase public awareness of opportunities to recycle and compost. The spring course will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 […]
April 22 is Earth Day; it is an annual opportunity to celebrate the natural world and get involved in short- and long-term efforts to protect the environment. Here are five ways to celebrate. Volunteer. Many neighborhoods and communities around the country host volunteer clean-ups to honor Earth Day. Find one in your area or organize […]
A charming old fireplace may seem warm and cozy on a Minnesota winter evening. But the reality is it likely loses more heat than it gives off. Traditional open masonry fireplaces are not very effective for heating. A home’s warm air gets sucked up the chimney, replaced by cold air leaking in. In fact, as […]
Spring cleaning season is right around the corner. Stay green when you clean: learn about household hazardous waste — found in many household products — and ways to reduce it while keeping your home safe and clean. What is household hazardous waste? Some products we have in our homes contain hazardous materials that can harm […]
Unless you only buy foods that are certified organic or marked as “GMO-free,” odds are that a great deal of the food you eat contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But are you risking your health and damaging the environment by eating GMOs? Not according to Monsanto, the agricultural biotechnologies company that is a leading producer […]