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In October's Do It Green! Minnesota E-Newsletter:
* Earth Friendly Fall Yard Maintenance
* 10th Annual Green Gifts Fair - Volunteers Needed!
* Place an Ad in our Green Living Booklet
* Green Resources
* Green Events
* Give to the Max
EARTH FRIENDLY FALL YARD MAINTENANCE
Fall in Minnesota is brief and beautiful, bringing with it cooler temps and more rainy, windy days. The rain water that falls on your house, lawn or driveway runs directly into the storm sewer and to a nearby lake, river or stream. This water flows to the Mississippi River and eventually all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Actions we take as homeowners to protect our water will impact the quality of our own lakes, rivers or wetlands, as well as those downstream.
Keep grass clippings, leaves, seeds and other yard debris off the sidewalk and streets.
Do not blow or rake your grass clippings into the street. Leave them on your lawn, use them for compost or bag them for city pick up. Rake leaves into garden beds for winter cover, use for compost or bag them for city pick-up. Yard debris (grass, leaves, and seeds) contains phosphorus and other nutrients. When this debris is carried by rain water to our lakes, it causes algae blooms that stress fish and wildlife and make it unpleasant for swimming or fishing.
Seed bare patches to prevent erosion and soil loss
If you have trouble growing grass in a certain area of your yard, consider replacing that section of the lawn with other plants. Perennial plants, especially natives, are better than grass for infiltrating rain water and preventing nutrient runoff into the sewer system.
If you choose to fertilize your lawn, be sure any fertilizer you use is phosphorus-free. Soils in our area are naturally high in phosphorus. Fertilization should be done in the fall, no more than once per year. Sweep up any fertilizer that spills onto hard surfaces to keep it from washing away into the storm sewer.
Aerate your lawn
Aeration improves the health of your lawn, as well as improving water infiltration. It allows water and nutrients to sink deeper into the soil, encourages roots to grow deeper and discourages weeds (which flourish in hard, compacted soils).
Scoop the poop
Always pick up after your pets, both on your own property or on the go. Rainwater washes pet waste into lakes and streams. Pet waste contains bacteria that can cause illness and nutrients that can cause excessive algae blooms.
This information is available on the Hennepin County website
or for more ideas, check out the following Green Living Articles: Achieving a Sustainable Lawn
, Organic Lawn Care
, Natural Lawn and Garden Care
, Life in a Watershed
, and Rain Gardens are Growing in Minnesota
VOLUNTEER AT OUR GREEN GIFTS FAIR
Do It Green! Minnesota will be hosting its annual Green Gifts Fair on Saturday, November 21st. A showcase of local art and sustainable living, the Green Gifts Fair brings together artists, retailers, music and fashion at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. This year is extra special as we are celebrating the 10th
anniversary of the Fair!
What better way to celebrate than to volunteer? The fair is made possible through the incredible work of over 50 volunteers. All volunteers will receive a copy of a Do It Green! Magazine edition and a Do It Green! Minnesota recycled t-shirt. A list of available shifts and roles can be found below. Know someone who might like to volunteer? Please pass along this posting!
If you would like to volunteer or have any questions about volunteering, please contact Chelsea Nutting at firstname.lastname@example.org
or submit a volunteer form
via the website.
AVAILABLE SHIFTS AND ROLES
Saturday, November 21: set-up shift (7AM – 10:30AM
- Assist with vendor loading and unloading
- Assist with vendor booth location and set-up
- Put up signs, banners, directions or decorations
- Monitor and run the volunteer check-in room
- Escort volunteers to their assigned stations
Saturday, November 21: morning shift (9:30AM – 12:30PM), midday shift (12PM – 3PM) or afternoon shift (2:30PM – 5:30PM)
- Monitor and run the volunteer check-in room
- Escort volunteers to their assigned stations
- Monitor the silent auction
- Interact with Fair visitors at a demo table
- Answer questions at our information booth
- Assist the stage manager
- Be a model in our fashion show (midday/afternoon)
Saturday, November 21: take-down shift (5PM – 8PM)
- Help with take-down and cleaning at the end of the Fair
We look forward to seeing you there! Thank you so much! The Green Gifts Fair Planning Team; Laurie Jones, Ami Voeltz, Cyndi Hovey, Taylor Nutting and Chelsea Nutting
PLACE AN AD IN OUR GREEN LIVING BOOKLET
Promote your green business or organization to your core audience at our November 21st Green Gifts Fair event!
We are currently accepting a limited number of ads for our Green Living Booklet to be distributed to 4,500 attendees at the Green Gifts Fair, at green businesss in the metro area and online for one year.
To place a full color business card ad $200 or 1/4 page ad $400 please contact Ami Voeltz at email@example.com.
CERTs Seed Grants
The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Team seeks applications for limited financial assistance for energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects requiring technical assistance. The primary objectives of this funding are to encourage the implementation of community-based energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in MinnesotaCERT regions and provide a forum for community education about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, ecological, and community benefits. Learn more...
Recycled Paper & Compostable Products Co-op
Eureka Recycling's Recycled & Compostable Products twice-annual Co-op is now open. Purchasing paper made from recycled material helps eliminate the need for harvesting virgin materials and closes the recycling loop by creating a demand for the materials we recycle. BPI-certified compostable products (plates, bowls, utensils, hot cups, cold cups and bags) are also being offered, as more and more people have access to composting either through collection or drop-offs. Of course reusable is always best, but if that's not an option and you are planning to compost at your upcoming family gatherings or small event -- these products are a good alternative. Place your order by Friday, October 23rd, 2015.
Products will be available for pickup in early December. Learn more…
Choose to ReUse
Hennepin County has partnered with 50 reuse retailers to offer Choose to Reuse coupons with discounts through the end of October. Why do you choose to reuse? Maybe your kids constantly outgrow their clothing or you're looking for unique fixtures that won't break the bank or you want to find clothes you'll love while sticking to a budget. Whatever the reason, Choose to Reuse coupons help you get great deals on quality products while supporting local businesses and protecting the environment. Get your free coupons at participating retailers, county service centers and libraries. More info...
Film Screening: This Changes Everything
Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of climate change. Interwoven with these stories is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. Tuesday, October 20th, 4:30PM, Minneapolis. Buy tickets here…
Metro CERT Annual Event 2015
Join Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (Metro CERT) to celebrate our 8th year of connecting communities to resources! This year we have an opportunity to provide feedback to the Minnesota’s 2025 Energy Action Plan! We will have presentations and vote on the strategies and technologies we deem actionable in the next 10 years. Additionally, we will have our annual networking session with communities members, local government staff and professionals committed to local, clean energy. Thursday, October 22nd, 3-7PM, Saint Paul. Event is free. Register here…
Midwest Youth Climate Convergence
Climate Generation, MN350, Grand Aspirations, MPIRG, Energy Action and Coalition are co-hosting the Midwest Youth Climate Convergence October 30th-November 1st in Minneapolis. This three-day working convergence aims to support youth-driven campaigns and initiatives, strengthen regional organizing capacity and deepen cross-issue strategy. Work during the weekend will primarily focus on: divestment and reinvestment, tar sands extraction and pipeline infrastructure, and community wealth building & green economy solutions. Attendees will learn better how to understand systems we are part of, unpack how the economy works in relationship to people and the environment, practice deep relational organizing, develop strategies that strengthen community resilience, and practice communicating the story of our greater movement and the power we have together. Register now…
Check out our Community Calendar for more green events!
DO IT GREEN! AND GIVE TO THE MAX
Give to the Max Day 2015 will take place on Thursday, November 12th.
This Minnesota-wide, day-long giving event is a wonderful way to support the causes that are close to your heart. We hope you will help us reach our $2000 donation goal by making a contribution between now and November 12th. Your donation will support our Seed Library, clothing swaps, Resource Kiosk and other sustainability programming. Thank you!