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

    

* Seed Library Kits Now Available
* Summer Clothing & Seed Swap

* Green Resources
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Green Events
* Green Gifts Fair Interns Needed



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DO IT GREEN! SEED LIBRARY UPDATE 
 
 
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Do It Green! Seed Library Kits Now Available
 
The Do It Green! Seed Library has starter kits available for groups or individuals who want to host their own seed library location. We can provide seeds, envelopes, and educational materials. This is perfect for schools, churches, little free libraries, or anywhere with gardeners! 

Visit the Do It Green! Minnesota table at the following community events to learn more...

Thursday, July 16th - Tiny Diner Farmers' Market
Tuesday, July 21st - Excelsior Farmers' Market
Sunday, July 26th - Minnehaha Creek Cleanup

You can also email eva@doitgreen.org for more information.
 

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CLOTHING & SEED SWAPsavethedate

Do It Green! Summer Clothing & Seed Swap
Saturday, August 8th, 2-4PM
Mount Olive Church
3045 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis

Want to upgrade your wardrobe? Bring in all of your clean clothes, shoes, and accessories that no longer work for you and swap them with others. All sizes, genders, and styles accepted.
 
Do you have extra seeds or need some to start gardening? Swap seeds with the Do It Green! Seed Library. All seeds accepted, but organic and/or local seeds are preferred.      
 
Free and open to the public, but we will accept freewill donations at the door. Learn more...
 

GREEN RESOURCES

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Hennepin County‘s Hazardous Waste Collection events give residents a convenient option for disposing of their materials safely. Materials accepted include unwanted automotive wastes, household, lawn and garden products, batteries, mercury-containing items and more. Events are held Thursday - Saturday, 9AM4PM.  The following collection events are scheduled for 2015: July 9–11 in Northeast Minneapolis, August 20–22 in South Minneapolis and September 17–19 in Shorewood. Visit the website for a complete list of accepted items and additional information about collection events. 

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Moving can be a busy time with lots of decisions about the stuff that you have. Giving yourself enough time to sort through your things before you move will keep you from feeling overwhelmed and allow you to find the best reuse, recycling and safe disposal options. Hennepin County’s updated Reducing waste and recycling during your move factsheet provides tips and resources for reducing, reusing, recycling and disposing of a wide variety of materials people commonly need to deal with when moving. Tips for being green when packing and moving in are also included.
 

JULY GREEN EVENTS

Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic
Get household items fixed for free and learn valuable repair skills at an upcoming Fix-It Clinic. Bring your small household appliances, clothing, electronics and mobile devices to receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix your items. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. Saturday, July 11th, 12- 4PM, Faith Lilac Way Lutheran Church, Robbinsdale. Learn more…

Eat Local Farm Tour
Over 20 local farms will open their gates and barn doors to the public, ready to share their knowledge and stories with you. The tour is free for anyone to attend. It is a self-guided tour and handbooks (available in local food co-ops) will provide descriptions and operating hours of participating farms, maps of suggested farm clusters, useful tips for tour-goers and local restaurant recommendations. Saturday, July 18th. Learn more…

9th Annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup 
Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, breakfast, water bottle, trash bags and gloves. Following the cleanup, volunteers are treated to a free barbecue lunch and, for those 21 or older with a valid ID, free Leinenkugel’s beer (limit of two per person). Our goal is to collect a whopping 3 tons of trash from around Minnehaha Creek and Minneapolis lakes. Choose your preferred spot (St. Louis Park or Minneapolis) and register on-line today. Sunday, July 26th, 8AM-2PM, Lake Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis.

2015 Pollinator Summit – Register Now!
Bees, monarchs and other pollinators are facing habitat loss, fragmentation, pesticide use and disease, leading to alarming declines in their health and biodiversity. The 2015 Pollinator Summit will focus on protecting pollinators by restoring ecological functions to the urban landscape through design and management, and recognizing the ecological and economic benefits that using best practices brings to our communities. Those who plan, design, or manage landscapes, and those who guide public policy, will leave the Summit with a better understanding of the often complex nature of supporting pollinators in an urban environment, and inspired to take action in their own work. Join us to learn the latest and find out what you can do. Thursday, August 13th, 8:30AM-4:30PM, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Register here…

Check out our Community Calendar for more green events!


GREEN GIFTS FAIR INTERNSHIPS

photo 2Do It Green! Minnesota is seeking four interns to help plan our 10th Annual Green Gifts Fair on November 21st. This event hosts 6,000+ attendees, 15 educational and activity tables on low impact holidays and over 80 green vendors and local artists. The planning team meets monthly and includes the following position roles:
Eco Fashion Show & Low Waste Coordinator & Demos & Stage Coordinator. These are unpaid internship positions requiring 10-15 hrs/week June-December, 2015 that will offer experience in planning and implementing a large, low-waste green event. Learn more…

Please email your resume and cover letter to Laurie Jones, Green Gifts Fair Coordinator, laurie@doitgreen.org. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until filled.

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THANK YOU TO BARBETTE, OUR DO IT GREEN!
JULY E-NEWS SPONSOR!


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