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"Week-old chemical spill leaks onto U property" (Minnesota Daily, 10/19/11)

posted Oct 19, 2011, 7:06 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 19, 2011, 7:06 AM ]

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. . . "

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"City speeds to clean Como junk: City officials say Southeast Como is historically more wasteful" (Minnesota Daily, 9/12/11)

posted Sep 16, 2011, 11:27 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 16, 2011, 11:30 AM ]

By Anissa Stocks

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"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)

posted Jun 23, 2011, 11:36 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 12:47 PM ]

"MIMO" stands for "Move In/Move Out," Southeast Como Improvement Association's (SECIA) premier waste reduction project addressing the massive amounts of curbside waste left after people move.  Unwanted items can be taken to the University of Minnesota Reuse Warehouse, which doubles as a neighborhood free store for people to take home discarded items and keep them from being disposed.  Funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the McKnight Foundation, SECIA plans to have a MIMO event this fall.  They are looking for more sponsors and additional neighborhoods to participate!  
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"U stresses recycling for dorm move-out" (Minnesota Daily, 5/4/11)

posted Jun 23, 2011, 11:21 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 11:25 AM ]

To reduce the waste it collects during move-out, the University is encouraging recycling.

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". . . 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

"Illegal trash dumping in Como prompts research project" (Minnesota Daily, 9/7/09)

posted Mar 2, 2011, 9:46 AM by Unknown user

"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

"April 18 is Green Village Day in Southeast Como" (The Bridge, 4/8/09)

posted Mar 2, 2011, 9:44 AM by Unknown user

"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

"Southeast Como plans for grow box pilot project" (Minnesota Daily 10/29/09)

posted Mar 2, 2011, 9:41 AM by Unknown user

"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 . . ."  

"Zoning committee to debate solar standards" (Finance & Commerce, 1/19/11)

posted Mar 2, 2011, 9:36 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 2, 2011, 10:15 AM ]

"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

"Store curbs students' curbside trash" (Star Tribune, 9/1/10)

posted Mar 2, 2011, 9:32 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 2, 2011, 9:40 AM ]

 "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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