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Energy Consumption Debate in Minneapolis

The city of Minneapolis is considering adopting a policy that would force the owners of large buildings to publicly disclose their energy consumption.

Under the proposal that has been put out by the city council, large building owners would have to enter their energy and water consumption into a software program that would eventually publish the data on the a city website.

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Minneapolis Park Board Needs Tree Advisor

Minneapolis Park Board Needs Tree Advisor

The Minneapolis Park and Rec Board is seeking a public voulunteer to serve on its Tree Advisory Commission.  The group works to deal with issues associated with trees in an urban environment.

Recycling Holiday Lights in Minneapolis

Recycling Holiday Lights in Minneapolis

If you are looking to dispose those holiday lights that are at the end of their lifespan, you should consider recycling them.  The Recycling Association of Minnesota is holding a Recycle Your Holidays program through the end of January.

There are two dozen locations where broken or burned out holiday lights are being collected for free.  The organization hopes to collect 200 t

Nine Mile Creek Watershed District: Cost Share Program

The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District (NMCWD) is offering a Cost Share Program to assist in efforts to protect and improve water and natural resources within Nine Mile Creek Watershed.

To qualify for a grant, projects goals should: improve water quality, increase capacity to store water, preserve native plants and wildlife, or preserve groundwater.

Any resident of NMCWD as well

New Year, New Recycling Plan

Recycling in Orono should be easier in the new year. The City is switching over to a single sort-recycling program with Waste Management. Crews will go around town delivering new recycling bins to all residents starting January 7th. Everyone should have a new 64 gallon bin by the end of the week.

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Wood Lake Nature Center

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield will host its annual Candlelight and Ice event on New Year's Eve (Monday, December 31) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Wood Lake Nature Center Hosts "Going Green for the Holidays" Workshop

Wood Lake Nature Center Hosts "Going Green for the Holidays" Workshop

Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield will host a "Going Green for the Holidays" workshop on Sunday, December 9 at 1:00 p.m.

At this workshop, participants will learn how to "go green" by reducing gift packaging and wrapping, giving eco-friendly gifts and making reusable containers.

Admission is $3 and free for members. There is a limit of 20 participants.