Sustainability

...there's a lot of innovative and exciting approaches that, quite honestly, youth are driving...the younger generation is so keyed in on our responsibilities, we're seeing some amazing efforts to protect and preserve our our environment and understand the interconnectedness and relatedness...I get hope...from seeing this....it's an amazing thing. - Dr. Anna Carlson

"There's 29 best practices. They fall under five categories... building and lighting, land use, things of that nature...it keeps cities accountable...it's just a good program that doesn't cost anything to join" - Joel Anastasio on Green Step Cities 

The BYObag Committee of the Grand Rapids Earth Circle challenges you and your family to a PLASTIC FREE DAY.

Choose a day between July 7th and 15th and challenge yourself to say no to:

Single use plastics

Bags, bottles, straws and utensils

In celebration of Earth Day and Earth Week, Bemidji State University hosts the 2nd annual Arts of the Earth Festival this Saturday and Sunday.  The two day event promises activities and educational, enlightening experiences for all ages.  Both days have a full schedule of workshops, documentaries, arts demonstrations, live music and inspiration.  More than 30 artists and vendors will have booths se

Leah Lemm

Listen to our newest Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund produced series with Leah Lemm.

In this episode we feature Annie Humphrey.  She's a musician, artist and self-described Queen of the Side Hustle. She lives in a way that embodies many aspects of what these episodes are about: sustainable living, traditions, and indigenous lifeways.

Listen to our newest Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund produced series with Leah Lemm

In this episode she talked with partners Laurie Benge and Brad Jones. Laurie is a public health nurse with Itasca County. Brad is a Natural Resources instructor at Itasca Community College. They live and work on their own farm.

In celebration of Earth Day, all humans are invited to stop by Hobson Union on the Bemidji State University campus Sunday, April 22 between 12:30 and 3:30p.m.  The Bemidji State University  Sustainability Coordinator Erica Bailey-Johnson stopped by to tell us all about it.

Since 1970, Earth Day celebrations have given voice to a growing consciousness regarding environmental concerns.  In honor of Earth Day,  many communities in our listening area will host Earth Day events.  In the town of Mountain Iron, they've been celebrating Earth Day in a big way for the past 10 years with the Iron Range Earth Fest(IREF).  IREF has grown into a comprehensive experience delving into the many ways people can live more sustainably and tap into the knowledge of local experts for advice on regional products, services, foods, traditions and our wilderness. 

Mesabi Range College chemistry and biology instructor Kimberlee Giermann will be presenting the workshop "Backyard Herbs: Food and Medicine" at 11a.m. at the conference.   We spoke with her on the morning show about herbs, tinctures, and eco-gardening. 

Jill and Rob Hietala

If you've ever wanted to find out where local food comes from, or if you're interested in becoming a local grower yourself, there's an opportunity to visit Floodwood River Farm between 9 and 11 a.m. this Saturday morning as part of the 4th Annual Iron Range Harvest Festival.

http://www.orrcenter.com/self-sustainability

This week on the Border News Roundup Timberjay editor Marshall Helmberger told us about ambitious and innovative Orr Recreation and Resource Center.  They are using an old school building to explore sustainability, alternative energies and local food including aquaponics.  The Homesteading and Sustainability Expo is August 19th & 20th. 

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