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In June's Do It Green! Minnesota E-Newsletter:
* Seed Library Returns
* Summer Clothing & Seed Swap
* Green Resources
* Green Events
* Green Gifts Fair Interns Needed
DO IT GREEN! SEED LIBRARY RETURNS!
In light of the recent legalization of seed sharing in Minnesota, we are excited to fully reinstate the Do It Green! Seed Library. Our Seed Library program improves access to healthy, locally grown foods and promotes the use of native plants as sustainable landscaping and gardening by:
· Providing free native or organic vegetable and flower seeds
· Offering Seed Swap events at which community members can exchange seeds with one another
· Distributing educational information on seed saving
We will be establishing a permanent Seed Library site at the Midtown Global Market and we are looking for sites throughout Minnesota to act as host sites for the Seed Library. If you know of a church, business, school, or Little Free Library that might want to set aside a bit of space for seed sharing, please encourage them to get involved. We have templates for seed labels on our website
and we will be able to offer a limited number of seed donations to get a location started. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in acting as a host site.
CLOTHING & SEED SWAP
Do It Green! Summer Clothing & Seed Swap
August 8th, 2-4PM
Mount Olive Church
3045 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis
Start sorting through your closet now for unwanted items you can trade for new-to-you treasures! This is a great opportunity to update your wardrobe without spending a penny. Any leftover items will be donated to charity.
Clean clothing, shoes and accessories for any age, gender and size are welcome. Plan to bring your seeds to swap too! Learn more...
Do It Green! Minnesota’s Resource Kiosk at the Midtown Global Market is a great place to learn about living green. One of our most popular print resources is the Home Water Audit Checklist
. The checklist highlights over 50 simple actions you can take in your kitchen, laundry room, bathroom and yard to reduce water use. Taken together, these actions can save you money and help to conserve Minnesota's water resources! For example...
- Don’t rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. This saves the planet 6,500 gallons of water per year and you $30 per year.
- When boiling water for cooking, use a measuring cup to ensure you don't use more water than necessary to prepare the dish. Also, cover the pot to save energy too!
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap and then reuse it to water houseplants.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost your vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
Pick up a copy at our kiosk the next time you’re at the Midtown Global Market or print one here
. Put it on your refrigerator and set a goal to make 10 or 12 changes from the checklist over the course of the summer!
Many of the Do It Green! Minnesota print resources are also available in Spanish.
Make and Take Rain Barrel Workshop
Using a rain barrel is a simple, high-impact way to save water and money and to help protect our watershed. Learn about watershed-friendly home and garden practices and build your own ready-to-install rain barrel. The $40 registration fee covers all supplies, including the barrel and conversion kit. Tuesday, June 16th, 6-7:30PM, Dakota County Fairgrounds, Farmington. Supplies are limited and early registration is suggested. Register here…
Confronting Climate Change: Science, Education and Solutions
Join Fresh Energy at the Science Museum of Minnesota for a free public forum and learn from renowned experts Dr. Ben Santer and J. Drake Hamilton about the science behind global climate change and the extraordinary opportunities we have to cut carbon emissions today. Tuesday, June 16th, 7-9PM, the Science Museum, Saint Paul. Learn more…
Metro Blooms: Raingardens and Beyond
This three-hour workshop gives participants an overview of raingardens and native plants, including design, installation and maintenance. In the second half of the workshop, participants receive recommendations for their property with one-on-one assistance from Metro Blooms Landscape Designers and Hennepin County Master Gardeners. Wednesday, June 17th, 6PM, Edina Public Works Building, Edina. Cost is $15. Register here…
MREA Energy Fair
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s annual Energy Fair brings over 15,000 attendees together to learn the latest and greatest in clean energy and sustainability, connect with others and take action towards a more sustainable future. Exhibitors, demonstrations, workshops, speakers and more! June 19th-21st, Renew the Earth Institute, Custer, WI. Learn more…
Check out our Community Calendar for more green events!
GREEN GIFTS FAIR INTERNSHIPS
Do 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:
Promotions/Outreach Coordinator, Eco Fashion Show & Low Waste Coordinator, Demos & Stage Coordinator and Volunteer & Silent Auction 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 by June 19th to Laurie Jones, Green Gifts Fair Coordinator, email@example.com
. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until filled.