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


* Earth Day 2016
* Call for Green Tools
Volunteer Internships Available
* Co-Office Space Available
* Do It Green! Board Positions Open
Green Events
Green Resources
* Large Display Board for Sale



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EARTH DAY 2016

earth 2What does Earth Day mean to you? Is it a day to reflect on the beauty of the natural world? A day to think about the challenges our environment faces? A day to consider your personal impact? This Earth Day, consider making an Earth Year resolution (or two or three or four!). Maybe it’s something you’ve been thinking about for a while and you just need a good excuse to get started. Tell your friends and family about your resolutions and encourage them to do the same. Green resolutions are the same as any resolution. The more support and encouragement you have from others, the more likely you are to succeed and to make those resolutions permanent.

Here are some green ideas to get you started...

Join a CSA! A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a great way to reduce your Carbon Foodprint by buying local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Check out the Minnesota Grown CSA Directory to find the right program for you!

Print out our Home Water Audit Checklist, hang it on your fridge and start checking off the many different ways to save water in your home!

Sign up for curbside organics composting with the City of Minneapolis!

Plant pollinator friendly native plants in your garden! Plant milkweed for monarchs!

Refuse that styrofoam cup or plastic fork or plastic bag and instead start bringing reusables with you when you go!

What are your ideas for Earth Day resolutions? We want to hear what you’re doing for the Earth. Share a photo of your resolution and tag us on Facebook or share your ideas on our Facebook page! 

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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 to launch soon!
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VOLUNTEER INTERNS NEEDED - MAY-SEPTEMBER

DIG_Kiosk 2Do It Green! Minnesota is seeking 1-2 interns to assist us this summer on the following projects:

* Do It Green! Kiosk and Seed Library – Lead the effort to revamp our Information Kiosk inside the Midtown Global Market by researching and ordering new supplies, creating displays, and restocking weekly. Help us to officially launch our Seed Library by creating signage and instruction sheets.  

* Community Outreach Events – Create interactive activities for our outreach tabling efforts, and research and create a database of community outreach opportunities. Help educate Minnesotans about green living by hosting an educational table at various community events throughout the summer.
 
*Social Media – Assist the Programs Manager to create a social media campaign for Facebook and Twitter.
 
Depending on interest and availability, the internship could be split between two people for 5-10 hours/week or 10-15 hours/week for one person. These are volunteer internships offering professional experiences without pay. 
 
Please send your resume and letter of interest to Kristine Kvamme, kristine@doitgreen.org by April 30th, 2016. 
 
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CO-OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE

Do It Green! Minnesota is seeking an organization to share office space and expenses with 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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DO IT GREEN! BOARD POSITIONS OPEN
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Are you interested in supporting Do It Green! Minnesota's mission of helping Minnesotans live greener? Consider becoming a board member! We have two board position openings at this time. We are seeking individuals who have a passion for promoting green living in Minnesota and would like to help grow our organization and get hands on experience with working in our community.

Please contact Board Chair Andy Schakel, schakelal@hotmail.com, for more details.

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GREEN EVENTS
 
Metro Blooms Raingarden Workshops - Register Nowmetrobloomslogo
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 our 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. Workshop dates include April 13th, April 24th, April 28th, May 21st, and May 25th. Register here...

2016 Urban Waters Forum
At the 2016 Urban Waters Forum, learn from local experts as they share their knowledge and success stories, as well as concrete actions you can take on the water, on your property, and in your community to protect the health of your neighborhood lake or stream. You will leave inspired to take a more active role in the health of your community's water assets. Saturday, April 23rd, 8:30AM-12:30PM, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska. Register here...

Friends of the Mississippi River Earth Day Clean Up

This family-friendly Earth Day tradition provides an excellent opportunity to get outside and work together to help improve this treasured area. To participate, simply show up at either E 36th Street & W River Parkway or E 44th Street & W River Parkway in Minneapolis to sign-in. Saturday, April 23rd, 9:30AM-12PM. More info...

Minneapolis Parks Earth Day Clean Up
The goal of Earth Day Cleanup is to provide a volunteer experience and environmental education to Minneapolis residents and park users. This annual event involves cleaning Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, watersheds and water bodies including the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassett's Creek and the Mississippi River. Since the inception of the Earth Day cleanup we have removed more than 140,000 pounds of garbage from Minneapolis parks. Saturday, April 23rd, 9:30AM-12PM. More info here...

Earth Day Service Day at Ney Nature Center
Celebrate Earth Day by giving back to the Earth through Ney Nature Center's Service Day. Groups will assist with clearing cedar trees and maintaining the fence line along Sophia's Savannah. Saturday, April 23rd, 9AM-4PM, Ney Nature Center, Henderson. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here...

Rochester EarthFest Expo
The goal of the Expo is to promote sustainable living through education, interactive displays, and promoting green products. The theme this year will be "100% Renewable Energy by 2031". EarthFest is organized by the Rochester Climate Coalition, which is a coalition of non-profit organizations who are interested in promoting an earth-friendly sustainable lifestyle. Sunday, April 24th, 10AM-4PM, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester. More info...

Create a Water Friendly Lawn or Garden

Home lawn and garden practices significantly impact the health of Lake Minnetonka, Minnehaha Creek, and ultimately the Mississippi River. In this brief but informative workshop, learn how you can become part of the solution. This 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. Presented by Friends of the Mississippi River. Monday, May 2nd, 6-7:30PM, Excelsior Brewing, Excelsior. Register here...
 

Check out our Community Calendar for more green events!
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GREEN RESOURCES
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MWMO Mini Grants
Is clean water in our local lakes and rivers important to you? Are you part of a group that would like to carry out a project to protect clean water and habitat in your community? If so, your group may be eligible to apply for an MWMO Mini Grant to fund your project! The next Mini Grant application deadline is Monday, April 11th. More info...

Eureka Recycling Zero Waste Buying Coop
The deadline for purchasing BPI-certified Compostable Products and Zero Waste Party Kits from Eureka Recycling's Buying Coop has been extended to Friday, April 15th at 5:00 p.m. Zero Waste Party Kits make it easy and convenient to make your next get together zero waste! Picnics, board meetings, ice cream socials, birthday parties, and more can be zero waste with the help of a Zero Waste Party Kit! Need more products than in a kit? Order a sleeve or two of compostable cups, plates and/or utensils for graduation parties or family reunions! More info...

Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Pre-Order Available Now
Pre-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 events 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...

New Habitat for Humanity ReStore Opening Soon
Opening this fall at 2700 Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis, the ReStore is a home improvement outlet whose sales help Twin Cities Habitat build homes for local families to buy with affordable mortgages. People making donations to the store get tax deductions and an eco-friendly way to give items new life. Shoppers get unique treasures at great prices. Working families get more opportunities to buy homes they can afford. ReStore is perfect for DIYers, property owners, theater set designers, and bargain hunters of all kinds. Top selling items include lighting, doors, appliances, tools, flooring, furniture, tile, and windows. Small donations can be dropped off and convenient home pickups can be scheduled for large items. More information on shopping, donating, or volunteering here.

BizRecycling Grants
If you manage a business or organization in either Ramsey or Washington County, BizRecycling grants can help you kick start or reinvigorate your existing recycling program! Starter grants provide the funding you may need to get a recycling or food waste/organics recovery program up and running at your location. Funds can be used for purchasing equipment and supplies, or in creating the educational materials needed to educate staff or inform the public. 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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