Taking personal action

Action Resources


Energy

Center for Energy and the Environment provides programs and financing to help Minnesotan homeowners reduce energy waste, keep homes comfortable and save money
Xcel energy auditsMinnesota Renewal Energy Society Considering solar? Attend a workshop on solar applications and take the solar tour MRES conducts every year.
Minnesota Community Solar has built the first solar garden in the Twin Cities. Check their site for more solar garden investing opportunities.
Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERT) can help you find available financial incentives for energy action.

Transportation

Bike Walk Twin Cities Want to start walking and biking more? Bike Walk Twin Cities offers workshops and advice to help you make a successful transition
NiceRide bike sharing program
Mobile Twin Cities Bike Map [$]
Cyclopath Find a bike route to work
Safe Routes to School Minneapolis for students who will be walking or biking
Safe Routes to School statewide information
Metro Transit find a bus route to work
Guaranteed Ride Home Worried that you’ll get stuck somewhere without a ride? Check out Metro Transit’s guaranteed ride home program
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency information on buying a car, alternative fuels

Food/Gardening

Minnesota Grown helps consumers find what they want from Minnesota farmers - grass-fed beef, honey from local hives, the location of your nearest farmers market, or a CSA that offers the food you want
Minneapolis Vegan MeetUp Group, for those just trying out a meat-free diet, or those who want to socialize with other vegans. This group offers vegan mentoring!
Minnesota Horticultural Society offers food and flower gardening classes and a magazine for Minnesota gardeners
Permaculture Research Institute for Cold Climates offer gardening and urban farming classes
Gardening Matters for all things urban agriculture. This group organizes the resource hubs where city residents can get plants and seeds.
Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.
City of St. Paul Healthy Local Foods helps city residents connect with resources.

Reduce/Reuse/Recycle

Composting info from the MN Pollution Control Agency
The Compostadores blog
Recycling information from the MN Pollution Control Agency

Neighborhood Sustainability/Transition Groups

Transition Twin Cities is a clearinghouse for information about neighborhood transition groups
Google Group – Transition Twin Cities
Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network
offers a wide range of useful information for individuals, businesses and units of government

Water  

Green Living

Do It Green Minnesota! A green business directory, workshops and articles, events and more
Green Living Tips from the MN Pollution Control Agency