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Churches go green, save green, clean God’s green Earth

Washington, DC, USA--Rev. Dr. Earl D. Trent Jr., Senior Pastor at Florida Avenue Baptist Church stands among the solor panels that are on top of the church roof.

Jocelyn Augustino/Urban News Service

The biggest challenge at the Reverend Dr. Earl D. Trent, Jr.’s historic Black church is raising enough money to do the Lord’s work. Trent, pastor of Washington, D.C.’s Florida Avenue Baptist Church, was grappling with that very issue five years ago when he heard a presentation about how going green could reduce utility costs. Continue Reading →

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Home-remodeling junkies claim sustainability







It’s nice to see that the Spokesman has a Green page. The May 25th Star Tribune “homes” section features three local homes as examples of “green living” in a “Style & Sustainability” article. It is very misleading, because if everyone produced a home as these three homeowners have, the environment could not sustain it! What these three homes have in common is not sustainability, what they do have is an attempt to impress their peers. Two out of the three are newly constructed houses. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis musician selected for Doris Duke Artist Award

Minneapolis native, New York-based pianist and composer Craig Taborn among 13 jazz artists to receive 2014 Doris Duke Foundation awards


Earlier this week, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) announced the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. According to the press release, “both awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Artist Award recipients receive $275,000, and Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000. Since commencing in April 2012, the program has awarded a total of $18.1 million to artists in the fields of jazz, dance and theater.” The 2014 jazz related award recipients are:
2014 Doris Duke Artist Awards

Oliver Lake
Steve Lehman
Roscoe Mitchell
Zeena Parkins
Craig Taborn
Randy Weston

2014 Doris Duke Impact Awards

Muhal Richard Abrams
Ambrose Akinmusire
Steve Coleman
Ben Monder
Aruán Ortiz
Matana Roberts
Jen Shyu


Pianist and composer Craig Taborn is multi-talented in the realms of straight-ahead and free jazz. Continue Reading →

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Virtual companies tackle real issues

Entrepreneur promotes recycling, launches mobile app business
By Judith Hence
Contributing Writer

Angela Harmon is a publisher and mobile marketing entrepreneur. She is an ambitious individual, committed to the health and ecological well-being of her community. She would also like to see small businesses succeed through the creative use of marketing on the Internet. She created two virtual businesses with these ideas in mind: one company emphasizes a healthy environment, the other progressive marketing. Minnesota Green Pages

Harmon agrees that Minneapolis is arguably one of the country’s cleanest cities. Continue Reading →

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