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

    
facebook* Alien Invasion: Invasive Exotic Species in Minnesota
* 9th Annual Green Gifts Fair - Nov 22
* Volunteer Call
* Green Resources
 
* Green Events
* Do It Green! Minnesota Directory

* Do It Green! Minnesota on Amazon Smile

 
Alien Invasion: Invasive Exotic Species in Minnesota

Banks of Mississippi RiverThe trees are changing colors, and that means falling leaves and winter preparation for your lawn. This month also hosts the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference (see Green Events).

"We are in a period of the world's history when the mingling of thousands of kinds of organisms from different parts of the world are setting up terrific dislocations in nature." - Charles S. Elton

Along the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and St. Paul, lush green vegetation covers the slopes as they plunge down to the water. This greenery should be a welcome sight in the middle of a city. However, on closer examination, a practiced eye can see that the vegetation is dominated by one species - large bushes and small trees sporting dark green leaves. This plant is buckthorn. It is an invasive plant not native to Minnesota, and it poses a threat to the ecological balance of the region.

Why are Exotics a Problem?
How Did They Get Here?
What is Being Done?
What You Can Do?
* Clean off boats to prevent spreading aquatic exotics. 
* Volunteer to help with weed-pulling efforts. 
* Remove these plants from your yard. Contact local park or DNR offices for help. 
* When landscaping, choose native species. There are a wide variety of attractive native plants to choose from. 
* Know your invasive non-native species.

See more at: http://doitgreen.org/green-living/alien-invasion-invasive-exotic-species-minnesota
 
9th ANNUAL GREEN GIFTS
FAIR - SAT, NOVEMBER 22
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Please help spread the word about our upcoming Green Gifts Fair! 

Check our web site soon for a list of the 80+ green gift vendors.

Don't miss our demos and activities this year:


Seed Library - Have unused seeds? Interested in growing something new? Want to start your own seed library? Come visit the Do It Green! Seed Library booth.
 
Energy Wheel - Answer energy trivia and earn energy-saving prizes with Do It Green! Minnesota.
 
Scavenger Hunt - Explore the fair to learn eco-trivia and enter to win  big prizes.
 
Non-Toxic Cleaner - Learn to make a non-toxic cleaner and take a bottle and recipe home with you. Sponsored by the Tiny Diner.
 
Ask a Gardener - Have a burning question about gardening? Ask a Master Gardener expert! And get tips to prepare for next growing season.
 
Water Discovery - Discover new facts about water and learn how you can help to preserve this incredible resource from Master Water Stewards.
 
Gift Bag Making - Sew a reusable cloth gift or shopping bag to take home with the American Sewing Guild.
 
Furoshiki - Learn the reusable art of Japanese cloth gift-wrapping to reduce wrapping paper waste with Do It Green! Minnesota.
 
Recycle Holiday Lights – Do you have holiday lights that no longer work? Bring them along to drop them in our holiday lights recycling bin through the Recycling Association of Minnesota.
 
Local Food Sampling – Stop by our food tasting booth to sample local and organic foods all day long!
 
Music & Eco Fashion Show – Visit our Main Stage all day long for fun, local musicians and an eco fashion show modeling over 20 outfits!
 
Come Car-Less! – Come to the fair by foot, bike, bus, train, or carpool and stop by our Transportation booth to pick up a prize! Download a free transit pass on our event site. Sponsored by Metro Transit.
 
Low Waste Event - Bring your own reusable shopping bags, coffee mug, plate and silverware set to reduce your waste at our low waste event.
 
 
VOLUNTEER CALL
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Seeking Volunteers for the Green Gifts Fair

We are seeking volunteers to fill the shifts below for the 9th Annual Green Gifts Fair on Saturday, November 22nd at the Midtown Global Market located at Lake St. and Chicago Ave. in Minneapolis.
 
All volunteers will receive their very own copy of a Do It Green! Magazine edition and a Do It Green! Minnesota recycled t-shirt.
 
Please contact Brianna Monson if you woud like to sign up for a volunteer shift(s): Brianna@doitgreen.org or 612-345-7973
 
Green Gifts Fair Volunteer Shifts on Saturday, November 22:

9:30am - 1:00pm – Assist with waste stations, vendor relief, greeter or volunteer room

12:30am – 5:00pm - Assist with waste stations, vendor relief, greeter or volunteer room

4:30pm – 8:00pm – Assist with take down including vendor assistance, sweeping, hauling, and taking down signs/banners
 

GREEN RESOURCES

ram signRecyling Signs- Looking for recycling and composting signs for your business, school, or organization?  The Recycling Association of Minnesota has templates that you can download, customize, and print.  See all the options at http://recycleminnesota.org/resources-6/free-signs-a-images.



Milkweed Seeds- Fall is a great time to plant milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars can use as a food source.  The local organization Save Our Monarchs is distributing free milkweed seeds.  Find out more at http://www.saveourmonarchs.org/store/c4/Get_Seeds.html.


 


GREEN EVENTS - October

The Raptor CenterOctober 9th 
The Raptor Center's 40-Year Odyssey
Celebrate the Raptor Center's 40th anniversary with a lecture by co-founder Dr. Patrick Redig.

See more at: http://www.doitgreen.org/events/raptor-centers-40-year-odyssey



October 20th through October 22nd
Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference
Come to the third biennial multi-state conference on invasive species: the largest gathering of invasive species professionals, managers, researchers, and individuals working to stop the spread of invasive species in the upper Midwest.

See more at: http://doitgreen.org/events/upper-midwest-invasive-species-conference



2014-10-frontiers_banner_700x300-604x270October 29th
Frontiers in the Environment: Big Questions
What Is the Role of the Environment in This Year’s Minnesota Elections? With all the statewide constitutional offices up for grabs — plus a federal senate seat — it’s a busy election year in Minnesota. Surveys show that while people care about the environment, they often don’t make it the top issue when voting.

See more at: http://doitgreen.org/events/what-role-environment-year%E2%80%99s-minnesota-elections



November 7th through 9th
Future First: 2014 Women's Congress
Earle Brown Heritage Center, Minneapolis, MN

See more at: http://futurefirst.us/events/2014-congress/



Check out our Green Community Calendar for more green events.
Visit the Do It Green! Minnesota facebook page or follow us on twitter for information on more green events.

 

THE DO IT GREEN! DIRECTORY
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Do you want to support local, green businesses? 
Then check out the Do It Green! Directory – it's bigger and better than ever!  

This is your All-In-One resource for local sustainable and green businesses, nonprofit organizations and environmental government agencies.


Welcome New Directory Members:

Alliance for Sustainability - Linking Citizens, Congregations and Cities for Sustainable Communities.

Ames Farm Ltd - Raw, Local, Single-Source Honey from Watertown, MN: 

The Artifakt - Handmade products for you and your home crafted with people and environment in mind. 

A Greener Read - We ReUse and ReCycle used Books, DVD's, Video Games, and CD's in the greenest way possible. Look for our 24/7/365 Recycling throughout the ST PAUL/MPLS Metro Area and @ agreenerread.com 

Junket: Tossed & Found - Junket is a community-, reuse-, and creativity-embracing South Minneapolis shop, with 3000 square feet full of secondhand treasures, local art + handmade gifts, and vintage creative supply.

Linden Hills Power & Light - a neighborhood-based organization aiming to shrink our local carbon footprint through education, community engagement and action.

Marvelous Melissa - darn!socks mice cat toys are simply holey wool socks, filled with organic catnip, recycled crinkly plastic, pistachio shells, and recycled pop bottle stuffing. Your cat will love me! marvelousmelissa.etsy.com 

Solar Farm, LLC - Design and installation solar electric systems (also called PV or photovoltaic systems) and solar hot water systems. NABCEP certified PV installer on staff and installing solar since 2008.


Click here to see all the member listings in the Do It Green! Directory.

Shop Green!  Shop Local!

Work for or own a green business or organization? 
Apply to become a Do It Green! Directory member!

 

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