How are our communities, our economy and our environment interconnected? Sustainability Matters is a community conversation series aimed at investigating what sustainability really means in practice. Sustainability Matters events will take place each month.
Sustainability Matters is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension’s Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership (NMSDP). Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership makes a difference by combining citizen leadership with the research and educational resources of the University of Minnesota to foster long-term sustainability in the northeast region of Minnesota.
Jan 31st - A Climate Solution We All Can Live With
For the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability’s first event of the New Year we partnered with Citizen’s Climate Lobby to give a presentation about on how carbon dividends could bring economic growth to the Iron Range and Northern Minnesota while also returning more money to households. The Citizens Climate Lobby formed in 2007 and has been working with Congress on their Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy. Which is looking to implement a revenue-neutral carbon tax were 100% of net revenue is returned directly to households, and over years of implementation would aid in pushing our economy away from carbon fuel source dependence.
At the Sustainability Matters event help last week 25 people gathered at Messiah Lutheran Church to hear from speakers Dr. Eric Enberg and Katya Gordon. The event had an informal feel where the audience was encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation in an effort to create an ongoing dialogue. The most interesting take away from the presentation was the positive economic effects that this program could have to residents of the Iron Range, primarily an increase in jobs for providing raw material for wind turbines.
Grant Frashier was also in in attendance from Northern Community Radio(KAXE), and put together a short radio piece summarizing the event. Listen to it here.
March 13th - Do-It-Yourself Home Energy EFFICIENCY
Turning up the thermostat and still chilly? Save energy and money by making your home more energy efficient! Join IRPS and Community Energy Specialist Tristen Eberling of Ecolibrium3 to learn about the basics of Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Efficiency, including an overview of air sealing, insulation, lighting and appliances. We'll also be discussing resources to help you get projects done, including information about rebates and financing options. This event is free and open to the public.
March 23rd and March 25th - Gardening for Beginners Workshops
Want to grow your own food this summer? Wondering what, when and how to plant a new garden? Get answers to the questions you have about getting started with your own garden at these workshops hosted by Growing Together Coordinator Dawn Trexel and Master Gardener Jo Bjerke. These events are free and open to the public.
June 1st - Virginia Farmers Market
The Virginia Market Square Farmers Market is opening its 2017 season off with a bang. One Thursday June 1st from 1-5pm come to City Center Park in Virginia to look at all the fresh produce being grow all within 50 miles of the city. Come with your EBT payments with a match from Essentia Health for double the buying power. There will be entertainment from the Now What Theatre Company and food samplings from local Chef Jenna Ballinger. Join us for the first event of the summer!
June 17th- Makerspace Grand opening
Come for the Grand Opening of an exciting new business here on the range. Iron Range Makerspace is a co-working business development center and incubation space where equipment and tools will be available to use and build. Come for the ribbon cutting and listen to Ed Pajunen talk about his experience talking starting a small business and his history with the small building IRM is in. After a free lunch come stay for some workshops and an opportunity to get hands on experience with the tools making goods you will be able to take home.
See you on Saturday 17th from 11 - 5!