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In May's Do It Green! Minnesota E-Newsletter:

Lots of exciting news in this issue, take time to get through it all if you can!


* New Website!
* 2016 Green Gifts Fair Vendor Application Available
* Save the Date - July 23rd Summer Clothing Swap
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Clothing Swap Survey
Call for Green Tools
Co-Office Space Available
Green Events 
Green Resources
* Large Display Board for Sale



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NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED!
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We are pleased to announce that we have moved in the digital world! We moved our website from Drupal to Word Press. Please stop by the new and improved site to check out the results of our hard work! See the new layout, share our resources with others, and let us know what you think!
 
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2016 GREEN GIFTS FAIR VENDOR APPLICATION

Full Logo 2Vendor applications are now being accepted for our 11th annual Green Gifts Fair on Saturday, November 19th at the Midtown Global Market. This popular fair offers recycled, organic, fair-trade, local, and environmentally-friendly gifts for sale, as well as live music and fun hands-on eco activities. Last year an estimated 6,000 people were in attendance and we expect this year’s event to be even larger!

Are you a farmer? Join us this year as a vendor for our Farm to Gift theme and sell your canned, pickled or locally harvested goods that will be featured along with winter growing, composting and connecting to the earth activities!

Apply here to be a vendor!

Registration deadline is August 1st, 2016. Apply today as spaces fill up fast! Please email Laurie Jones, Green Gifts Fair Coordinator, at laurie@doitgreen.org with any questions.


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SUMMER CLOTHING & SEED SWAPswap1

Mark your calendars NOW and plan to join us on Saturday, July 23rd, 2-4PM, for our Summer Clothing & Seed Swap!

Bring in any clothing items that are no longer right for you and trade them in for "new" ones. This is a great opportunity to update your wardrobe without spending a penny! Bring as many items as you'd like and take home as many items as you'd like. No limits! Any leftover items will be donated to charity. We will also hold a Seed Swap of vegetable and flower seeds.

Event is FREE and open to the public. All styles, sizes, and types of clothes, shoes, and accessories (any age and gender) are welcome! The event will be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

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SURVEY: CALLING ALL CLOTHING SWAP PARTICIPANTS!images

Have you ever been to a Do It Green! Minnesota Clothing Swap? If you have, we need your help! Please take our quick, 5 minute survey to help us understand the long-term impacts of our swaps. You can take the survey here. Thank you!
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CALL FOR GREEN LIVING TOOLS
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Do you know of a great resource, tool, download, worksheet, or action that Minnesotans can use to live a greener lifestyle? Do It Green! Minnesota is working hard this year to collect and link to all the great green living tools that are out there.

Please email ami@doitgreen.org with any tools and links that you recommend we add to our new toolbox page launching soon!
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CO-OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE

Do It Green! Minnesota is seeking an organization to share office space and expenses on a month to month basis with option to sign a year lease. Office space is very affordable with great amenities such as access to a copy machine, computer, printer, mailbox, FedEx, meeting spaces, event space, and restaurants. It is conveniently located inside the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis with convenient bus routes, the Greenway bike trail and a parking ramp.

If interested, please inquire to Ami Voeltz at ami@doitgreen.org.

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GREEN EVENTS

Metro Blooms Raingarden Workshops - Register Now
Help keep our lakes and rivers clean while creating a beautiful and bee/butterfly-friendly habitat in your yard! These workshops by Metro Blooms will give you an overview of a DIY approach to raingardens and native plants, as well as resources for hire if you need some extra help. You’ll receive recommendations for your property with one-on-one assistance from Metro Blooms landscape designers and Hennepin County Master Gardeners, as well as information about cost share programs and how you can apply. Wednesday, May 25th, St. Louis Park and Saturday, June 11th, Faribault. Register here...

Landscape Revival Native Plant Expo and Market
Enjoy one convenient location to shop for Minnesota native plants from 12 local native growers. Learn how native plants benefit wildlife habitat, pollinators, and water quality. Saturday, June 4th, 9AM-3PM, Roseville. Learn more...

Water Wednesday: What You Can Do For Pollinators
Join the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization for the first in a three part Water Wednesday series! Heather Holm will present “What You Can Do For Pollinators: Creating a Pollinator Friendly Garden Habitat.” Learn about the types of native pollinators that visit our gardens and how we can foster all parts of their life cycles, including providing food, water, and nesting habitat. The top native plant species for pollinators will also be discussed. Wednesday, June 8th, 6-7:30PM, Minneapolis. Please RSVP to contacts@mwmo.org or 612-465-8780. Learn more...


Check out our Community Calendar for more green events!
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GREEN RESOURCES
 
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Minnesota GreenCorps - Applications Due June 3rd
Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program, coordinated by the MPCA, which places AmeriCorps members with organizations around the state to spend 11 months addressing environmental issues and building community resilience. Applicants may choose the areas of the state where they are willing to serve, and if selected will be placed at a host site organization such as a city, county, nonprofit, school, etc. In addition to gaining valuable skills and experience in the environmental field, members receive a living allowance, an offer of health insurance, and loan forbearance. Upon completing the program, participants receive an Education Award which can be used to pay off qualified student loans or to finance future education. Learn more…

Storm Drain Stenciling
Looking for a service outing that is educational, active, and provides a significant community benefit? Friends of the Mississippi River organizes stenciling outings, presentations and cleanups in St. Paul, in North or Northeast Minneapolis and along the parkway or Mississippi River Gorge in South Minneapolis. Using paint and stencils, volunteers mark storm drains with the message, "“Keep 'em Clean, Drains to River (Lake or Creek)!”" and distribute educational doorhangers to neighborhood homes and businesses. This hands-on outdoor service activity is an ideal opportunity to improve our local water resources —and an excellent fit for groups looking for a fun, outdoor team-building experience with immediate results. Learn more...

Household Hazordous Waste Collection
Doing some spring cleaning? Hennepin County organizes collection events throughout the year to give residents more convenient local disposal options for their household hazardous wastes. June collection events are held Thursday - Saturday, 9AM-4PM at these dates and locations: June 2nd-4th, City of Minneapolis Public Works Garage, 3607 44th St. East and June 16th-18th, Saint Louis Park Middle School, 2025 Texas Ave. South. Learn more...

Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Pre-Order Available Now
Order a compost bin or rain barrel online today
from Recycling Association of Minnesota and pickup at the distribution event of your choice.
Ramsey County residents ordering through the Maplewood, Roseville and St. Paul distributions are eligible for $20 discounts on compost bins. Anoka County residents will be able to receive $14 discounts on the first 100 compost bins ordered through the St. Francis and City of Ramsey evets combined.
Dakota County is offering a $20 discount for the first 300 rain barrel orders and $15 off the first 100 compost bins ordered by their residents. Learn more...

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LARGE DISPLAY FOR SALE

We are selling a large peg board display that we are no longer using. Display includes hardware and six pieces that can be broken down for storage and is easily assembled and disassembled. Perfect for special event displays!

Please email kristine@doitgreen.org if interested. Pick up time can be arranged at Midtown Global Market.

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