About 30 percent of what we throw away is organic waste, which includes food scraps and food-soiled paper products. Organics recycling is an easy way to reduce waste and create a valuable resource that improves soil, reduces soil erosion and decreases the need for chemical fertilizers. Organics recycling programs involve collecting fruits, vegetables, meat, bread, eggshells, … [Read more...]
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African Americans need access to the healing of nature Dr. Gail Christopher has been a national leader in health policy, especially in issues that relate to health inequities among people of color. She was a keynote speaker at the four-day Children and Nature Network national conference in St. Paul in May. Nature is “fundamentally a part of the racial healing … [Read more...]
The Minnesota Department of Commerce Home Energy Guide offers some advice to help maintain your clothes dryer, reduce energy use, and keep your home safe: The energy use of clothes dryers is directly related to the moisture content of the clothes. Thus, the more efficient a washer is at wringing water out of clothes, the less energy needed to dry them. Learn more about High … [Read more...]
Two air monitors near an industrial area of North Minneapolis have recorded potentially harmful levels of particles and heavy metals in the air, according to a new analysis from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The agency has previously recorded violations of the state standard for air particles just to the west of the Lowry Avenue Bridge, and now the monitors have … [Read more...]
First in a multi-series "The growing disconnection of children from nature,” especially among Blacks and other children of color, was recently discussed at a national conference in downtown St. Paul. Saint Paul RiverCentre was the site of the 2016 Children & Nature Network (C&NN) International Conference and Cities & Nature Summit May 24-27. Over 650 leaders … [Read more...]