Happy Eco News: shares positive news stories about the environment

Reducing Use of Plastics

Plastic-Free July: Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution.

Single-Use Plastics 101: Here’s everything you need to know about the most ubiquitous (and avoidable) kind of plastic waste: the kind made to be tossed in mere minutes.

100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life: Do you think it’s possible to live life without plastic? Wondering how to do it or at least get started?

Resources from the ELCA

St Paul Area Synod Care of Creation Work Group Resources: contains ELCA information, fact sheets, gardening tips, theological and worship resources as well as local and governmental information

Clean Water Resources

ST. CROIX 360: shares stories about the St. Croix River to inspire stewardship. Reporting from throughout the 7,700-square mile watershed in Minnesota and Wisconsin, topics range from dragonflies to floods, from fishing to oil pipelines

Energy Resources

Clean Cars Minnesota: Minnesota’s proposed rule to increase the number of electric vehicles offered by Minnesota auto dealers and raise emission standards on new vehicles

Home Energy Audit – Xcel and Centerpoint Energy Customers: provides low-cost assessments of your home energy efficiency and provides energy and cost saving recommendations

Energy Audits for Non-Profits – EnerChange: provides free energy audits for non-profit organizations and provides energy and cost savings options and resources

Residential Solar – Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light ( provides information on residential solar

Windsource – Xcel Energy Resident Customers: a program that allows Xcel residential customers to obtain all or part of their energy from renewable sources

Lawn and Gardening Resources

Pollinator Friendly Alliance: protects pollinators through habitat restoration, education programs, civic stewardship, pesticide reduction and advocacy

Grow a Healthy, No-waste Lawn and Garden: How you care for the green and growing things in your yard can have a big impact on how much waste your household creates and on Minnesota’s air and water quality.

No Mow May: Mowing your lawn less creates habitat and can increase the abundance and diversity of wildlife including bees and other pollinators.

Recycling and Waste Reduction Resources

Refresh Your Recycling Knowledge: YouTube video from Minnesota WasteWise that answers the question, “What Goes Where?”

Ramsey/Washington County Recycling and Energy: provides technical assistance and grants to businesses, non-profits, schools, multi-unit residential properties, and institutions in Ramsey and Washington counties to reduce waste and recycle better

100 Ways to Get to Zero Waste: Here are 100+ tips to drastically reduce your household’s waste.