for air & waterquality
Replace power mower w electric or reel to reel21.
Avoid use of gas powered leaf blowers or edgers,especially on ozone alert days22.
Avoid using phosphorus & pesticides on lawns23.
Convert some or all of the lawn to rain gardensor native plantings24.
Replace exotic plants (buckthorn) with natives25.
Point down spouts away from paved surfaces26.
Sweep sidewalks and parking lots27.
Consider installing on-site storm water retentionsystem, rain garden, native prairieMetro Blooms
MN Green Roofs Council
City of Minneapolis Storm Water Management
Clean Air MN
Metro Watershed Partners
Organize a walk, bike, carpool to worship day
andparticipate in the Team Challenge for the Metro CommuterChallenge in May/Juneww.metrotransit.org
Organize an alternative commuter fair
Get involved with neighborhood planning efforts
Encourage members of your congregation to pledge tobuy a more efficient vehicle
Practice Eco Driving
Encourage members of your congregation to shop anddine at local, sustainable independent businesses
TheBlue Sky Guide is a wonderful coupon book andfundraising idea for youth groups – they sell for $20 andyour cause earns $10 -
Dine Fresh Dine Local
Metro Independent Businesses
Sign up to purchase renewable wind powerfrom your local utility
Install solar panel on your building
Innovative Power Systems
FreeNeRG (Solar Panel Lease)
Gerardo Ruiz, firstname.lastname@example.org Offers the first-of-
its-kind solar electricity leasing opportunity initiallylaunched to Minneapolis and St. Paulcustomers.www.freener-g.com 39.
Buy Carbon Offsets -
Capital Improvement Projects
When starting a capital improvement project usearchitects who know sustainable design
US Green Building Council
Cuningham Group Architecture
Center for Sustainable Building Research/ U of MN
MN SustainableBuilding Guide
Fair Trade Purchasing
Purchase, use and re-sell fair trade products includingcoffee, palm branches,
Encourage use of local/ organic/ sustainable food, &vegetarian menus
for congregational events.
Encourage members to support local sustainablefarmers- arrange a food drop off