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The spill occurred in Southeast Como during a transfer.
By Anissa Stocks
Excerpt - "A chemical spill seeping onto University of Minnesota property in the Southeast Como neighborhood has yet to be removed after being cornered off for nearly a week.
About 500 gallons of potassium hydroxide — a toxic and corrosive chemical used in bleaching, biodiesel and soap — being delivered to the Hawkins Inc. plant spilled during a transfer. . . "
"City speeds to clean Como junk: City officials say Southeast Como is historically more wasteful" (Minnesota Daily, 9/12/11)
"Brad VanRegenmorter noticed an unusual item in a Dinkytown yard a few weeks ago — a toilet. He’s seen a fair share of curbside junk since moving to the neighborhood a year ago.
Twice each year, the city accelerates its clean up of the Marcy-Holmes, Prospect Park and Southeast Como neighborhoods to lessen the waste associated with student moving cycles. But residents said Southeast Como suffers more than other University of Minnesota neighborhoods. . . "
"Neighborhood Feature - SE Como's MIMO Free Store" (Mpls. Neighborhood Env. Network Newsletter, 6/11)
To reduce the waste it collects during move-out, the University is encouraging recycling.
". . . The ReUse program also works with the Southeast Como Improvement Association. The association started a program last year called Move In/Move Out (MIMO), which collects furniture items, food, clothing and other items from residents in the Southeast Como neighborhood. The furniture is then stored in the ReUse Program warehouse, and students can come and pick up items for free. Last year, the program helped to divert 13,000 pounds of furniture and other reusable items from reaching landfills. SECIA environmental coordinator Justin Eibenholzl said organizers hope to partner MIMO with the University in the future. . . "
By Emily Cutts
Past winners (Alphabetical) Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Featuring Southeast Como Improvement Association
"The project looks to find ways to reuse mass move-out garbage in the community. Heaps of trash illegally dumped onto sidewalks and front lawns could be seen in the Southeast Como neighborhood as residence turnover rates reached their highest numbers last week. Items included food, furniture, paint cans and electronics. The Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) launched its Solid Waste Reduction and Reuse Project last week to find out why garbage is accumulating and how to facilitate its reuse. SECIA was awarded the 2009 Environmental Assistance Grant — a total of $25,000 in funds over a two year period — by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to fund its community-wide recycling program. Grants are awarded each year for projects that focus on pollution prevention, recycling, environmental education and sustainable development . . ."
By Lolla Mohammed Nur
"The Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA), its student group and a host of other community partners will celebrate spring on April 18, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., at Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave. SE.
Green Village Day will be chock full of activities and information with a sustainability theme, much of it aimed at the student population but inclusive of the larger Southeast Como community . . ."
By Jeremy Stratton
"The portable grow box would let undergraduate student renters grow small gardens in their house. The Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) is a finalist for a grant that could fund a new pilot project that would allow residents to have a portable, reusable garden in the form of a grow box in their houses and apartments.
The grow box is planned to be a cylinder-shaped, two-foot-tall container with soil and plant material, instructions and a self-watering mechanism . . ."
"Expecting a substantial increase in usage of solar energy, Minneapolis city officials want to revise zoning standards to include solar energy systems. The existing ordinance is “very silent now on how to address solar,” said Jason Wittenberg, planning manager with the Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development. The proposal, recommended by CPED, will be discussed Thursday at a meeting of the Minneapolis Zoning and Planning Committee. Whatever is decided by the panel, one solar-friendly group hopes it clears the way for swift permitting of solar projects.
“I’m glad to see that the city is working on the zoning process,” said Justin Ivenholzl [sic], environmental coordinator for Southeast Como Improvement Association in Minneapolis. “Now if the city could work on an easy system for solar permitting - something easy and straightforward.”Ivenholzl [sic] said the process of installing solar energy systems on the roof of an aging Minneapolis house can stun some owners of 100-year-old houses. He cited the mandated hiring, in some instances, of structural engineers, which adds time and cost to projects . . . "
By Bob Geiger
"A neighborhood free store in southeast Minneapolis plays matchmaker for budget-conscious students and unwanted household furnishings. With their husbands in school, Grace Huang and Lori Luo don't have a lot of money to spend furnishing their University of Minnesota apartments. But there they were Tuesday, struggling to carry a 45-piece china set, some crystal bowls, a photo album and a candelabra to student family housing. The price tag? There wasn't one.
The duo went shopping at the neighborhood free store, a pilot program developed by the Southeast Como Improvement Association in an effort to keep unwanted furniture and household goods left behind by students off lawns and out of dumpsters . . ."
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