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

* Green Gifts Fair: Saturday, November 19th
* Green Gifts Fair: Volunteers Needed
* Plan a Fall Outdoor Adventure

Green Events
* Green Resources

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Do It Green! Minnesota's 11th Annual Green Gifts Fair will be held on Saturday, November 19th at the Midtown Global Market from 10am-5pm. 

$1 Donation/per person at the door.


SHOP 80+ eco-friendly vendors for holiday gifts
EAT free samples and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of 30 global restaurants
LEARN complete a passport with prizes for the whole family sponsored by Otogawa-Anschel
CELEBRATE with a In the Heart of the Beast puppet show, local musicians all day and more!
COME CAR-LESS with free rides by Metro Transit or bike rides with 30 Days of Biking
VOLUNTEER help us make the event a success by volunteering and get a t-shirt and guidebook by contacting crystal@doitgreen.org
PROMOTE forward this email and invite your family, friends and co-workers!

Join us for our 30 day event countdown with daily highlights on our Facebook event page!



The Green Gifts Fair is made possible through the incredible work of over 50 volunteers.

Come volunteer and receive a tshirt and guidebook!

Set-Up Shift (7AM – 10:30AM)
Vendor assistance, demo booth set up, or volunteer check in.

Morning Shift (9:30AM – 12:30PM)
Midday Shift (12PM – 3PM)
Afternoon Shift (2:30PM – 5:30PM)
Greeter or low waste station monitor.

Take Down Shift (5PM-8PM)
Help with take-down and post event clean up.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email the Volunteer Coordinator, Crystal Erickson, at crystal@doitgreen.org with your availability. Thank you!


park_autumn_garden_216882October is one of the most beautiful months in Minnesota. It’s the perfect time to grab the family and get outside to enjoy Mother Nature’s late season beauty. Biking, leaf peeping, apple picking, hiking, bird watching...it’s all out there waiting for you!

  • Use the DNR’s Fall Color Finder for the latest peak leaf color information

  • Check out the Minnesota Grown Directory to find the perfect apple orchard, corn maze, u-pick raspberries and more!

  • Find a special outdoor event at your closest State Park

  • Go for a walk in the woods at a local nature area

  • Buy pumpkins from a local farm or at the farmer’s market (and make plans to compost them after Halloween in your backyard compost or at a drop off compost in your area).

  • Jump in the leaves! Don’t forget to rake and bag the leaves from your sidewalk and storm drain to protect the water quality of our local creeks, lakes and rivers. Leaves that wash into the storm drain go directly into lakes and rivers where the nutrients will feed unwanted algae growth next summer.


Clean Water Starts Here Fall Forum
Join the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association for their fall forum. Program includes a keynote on "Landscaping for Water Quality" followed by table topic discussions about
rain gardens, Blooming Alleys projects, lawn alternatives, storm drain maintenance, low salt winter recommendations and organic lawn care. Saturday, October 15th, 9:30AM-12PM, Minneapolis. More info...

Landscape for the River: Native Plants, Raingardens, Lawn Care for Water Quality (+ Winter Tips)
Home lawn and garden practices significantly impact the health of the Mississippi River. Whether you're interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water, this Friends of Mississippi River workshop can help jump start spring planning. The workshop takes a how-to approach, suggesting local resources and quickly covering the most relevant information so you can begin taking steps to protect water quality this gardening season. Tuesday, October 18th, 6-8PM, Lakeville. Register here...

Zero Waste Summit EurekaRecycling 2
Hosted by Eureka Recycling, the Zero Waste Summit will bring together the people in the Twin Cities region whose work is contributing to a zero-waste future; creating a platform to discuss challenges, share accomplishments, and develop a vision to strengthen and focus this growing movement. The 2016 Zero Waste Summit will focus conversation in three key areas: Zero Waste is a solution to climate change, Zero Waste is a solution for environmental justice and Zero Waste is a solution that grows the local economy and builds community. Saturday, October 22nd, 1–5 PM, Saint Paul. Register here...


Check out our Community Calendar for more green events!

Free Home Energy Efficiency Visits
The City of Minneapolis is offering free home visits from energy-saving experts to income-qualified Minneapolis residents including renters. Home Energy Squad visits bring energy efficiency experts to participants’ homes to install energy-saving materials and make recommendations on energy-saving upgrades. Minneapolis households over the income limit for the free visits can still receive the visit for $70. Learn more…

Environmental Education Activity GuidesHCES 2

Hennepin County recently completed an overhaul of environmental education activity guides (formerly called toolkits). The activity guides can be used to engage audiences of all ages in learning about and taking action to protect the environment. The activity guides cover a variety of topics, including air, energy and climate change, recycling, reducing food waste, reducing waste, and toxicity and hazardous waste. Each section includes background information to help educators and participants learn about the environmental issue. Each activity includes an introduction, recommended age group, estimated time requirement, outcomes and concepts to reinforce, supplies, preparation steps, procedure, discussion questions, additional activity ideas, and resources. Learn more...

Choose to Reusedirectory_2 2
What is better than buying something new? Finding something cool to reuse! A one-of-a-kind set of dishes or a classic edition of a favorite book or the wedding dress worn only once (now half the price) or a baseball glove ready for another season. Hennepin County’s Choose to Reuse coupons are available August 1st – October 31st at more than 50 local retailers that rent, repair, resell, consign and exchange used goods. You can download the app, order a print version or pick up a copy at participating locations! More info…




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