posted Nov 5, 2009, 3:54 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
updated Nov 13, 2009, 3:39 PM
The SECIA Annual meeting held this week provides an opportunity to take stock of the year's Green Village highlights. Here is what was shared with the neighborhood on 11/4/2009.
- Recognized by the Minneapolis City Council and Council Member Gordon for environmental
programs and achievements in January 2009. See the awards wall in SECIA
- The Como
Green Blog was started by staff
in 2009 and a year later has over 50 posts with eco-tips and news impacting
the Como Green Village. Contributions to the blog have been made by
staff, interns and volunteers.
- A new Como Green
Village logo was donated and
designed. Logo has been used on websites, pencils, posters, fliers,
bumper stickers, all to get the word out about the Como Green Village.
- University student
involvement leaps forward as
SECIA hosts well over 20 interns over the 2008-09 years, all working
on different Green Village elements, such as promoting WindSource©,
biking initiatives, composting, community gardens, renter energy conservation,
household waste reduction, air pollution reduction, Como Green Village
Day, rain barrels and more.
Community Garden wins 2009 award
from the Minnesota State Horticultural Society (MSHS) recognized Rose
S. and the Accord Native Plant Community Garden by awarding the Community
Garden Award for excellence in community gardening.
- Green Cleaner refill station made available to the community
at the SECIA office and at community events with support of Mississippi
Watershed Management Organization (MWMO). Over 300 bottles of Alice's
Wonder Spray have been distributed with the message "Safe for you,
Safe for the Mississippi".
- SECIA executed a rain garden program for SE Como residential properties with support
from MWMO, Metro Blooms and McKnight Foundation. Training, plant reimbursement,
Service Learning student support and on-site design consultations were
offered during the project period. Nineteen property owners participated
and eight new rain gardens were installed in the neighborhood.
- Awarded the Governor's
Award in Excellence in Pollution Prevention
for working on the Good Neighbor Agreements in partnership with local
industries. The ceremony was on April 30, 2009 at the Governor's mansion.
The video is online on the Como Green Blog, and the award plaque is
displayed in SECIA's office.
- SECIA awarded a 2-year MPCA grant for pollution prevention focused on Move-in/Move-out (MIMO) waste. SECIA
plans to pilot a household furnishing re-use program.
- With intern and Student Neighborhood
Liaison support, offered a spring bike
tune-up & safety workshop
at Van Cleve Park in March 2009.
- SE Como celebrated the second
annual Como Green
Village Day celebration on April
18th, 2009. The event included rain barrel offerings, a solar oven display,
SECIA's first pre-owned bicycle auction, an eco-exchange of secondhand
clothing and household items, rain garden info, WindSource© promotional
pinwheels, along with a resource fair with other environmentally focused
groups. Food, refreshments and live music were provided.
- MWMO sponsored SECIA's project
to plan a Rain
Catchment System & Rain Garden at Como Corner.
During the season, a team of garden supporters and Bonestroo architects
completed brainstorming and created a concept which has been shared
with BNSF, MWMO and the City of Minneapolis Surface Water & Sewers
- SECIA distributed another
set of SE Como rain
barrels with intern assistance
in April 2009. SECIA also continued its support of our nearby neighborhood's
rain barrel workshops, which bring the number of rain barrels built
since 2008 to 336! Used maximally, this totals to 134,400 gallons of
water conserved annually.
- The Drake home was featured
on the 2009 Minneapolis
Home Tour (April 2009), including
their solar thermal system installed as part of the Southeast Como Solar
- SECIA was a finalist for two
Minnesota Environmental Initiative (MEI) Environmental
Initiative Awards (announced
May 2009)! The Solar Thermal Pilot Project was acknowledged in
the Energy and Climate Protection category and the Bridal Veil Open
Space Project was a finalist in the Natural Resource Protection
and Restoration category.
- The Menken home was a tour
destination for a Backyard
Talk in September 2009. The
tour group saw the solar thermal system installed as part of the Southeast
Como Solar Pilot Project.
- SECIA and its Environment
Committee began working on proposal for solar
flairs for Van Cleve Park. Solar
Flairs are solar arrays that look like flowers and can track the sun.
- SECIA awarded a Higher
Education Consortium for Urban Affairs intern
(HECUA) in the fall of 2009 to work on waste reduction activities during
move-in/move out. This is the 2nd consecutive year hosting an environmental
sustainability intern via this program.
- Como Green Village was recognized
as one of Minnesota's top 100 green organizations in 2009 by Twin Cities Business Magazine (September 2009 edition) complete with a photo
taken in a local business rain garden, Amar's Autoservice (located at
21st & Como Aves SE).
- SECIA continued its promotion
of green transportation through its fall bike safety workshop and distribution of LED bike lights at the Como Cookout (sponsored by the Good Neighbor
- SECIA's Environmental Committee
expanded its air
quality program outreach by collaborating
in response to facilities such as HERC, Interplastics and Nico Products.
- SE Como's community
gardens completed a successful
growing season that incorporated vegetable donations to elders, bright
flowers and "garden chairs", native plants, a new garden site
at Talmage Crossing, tool lending, fresh faces at Como Corner and the
Gateway Garden, and spirited community events.