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President Obama Touts Environmental Benefits of Union Depot Renovation
President Obama, on his recent visit to Saint Paul, pointed to the restored Union Depot as one of the economic success stories of federal investment that "symbolizes what's possible.” The President referenced both the economic and energy-saving benefits of Union Depot's renovation stating, “Not only have you made a more efficient transportation system, cutting down commutes, saving on gas, reducing carbon pollution, but this depot has helped to boost economic development in Lowertown St. Paul.” Information on transit and transportation options serving Union Depot is available at uniondepot.org.
Community POWER Grants Available for Schools and Community Groups
Ramsey County is looking for applicants to propose new and innovative ways to educate and engage residents to recycle and reuse more, reduce waste and toxicity, compost yard and food waste, and plan green events. Three types of grants are available this year through the Community POWER Program:
- Traditional Grants: up to $12,000
- Mini Grants: up to $5,000
- Business Education Grants( Ramsey County businesses ONLY): up to $12,000
Non-profit organizations and schools are eligible to apply. The deadline is March 24, 2014. Go to RethinkRecycling.com/grants to read the grant guidelines and submit an online application.
If you have questions, contact Kira Berglund, Community Power Grant Program Manager, at CommunityPOWER@RethinkRecycling.com or 651.222.7227.
Community POWER is a program of the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (a joint-powers board of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties).
Two Cities Team-up to Collect Unwanted Furniture and Other Bulky Items
The cities of Falcon Heights and Lauderdale were awarded a Public Entity Innovation Grant from the Environment Health Section of Ramsey County to make it easier for residents to dispose of bulky items such as mattresses, furniture and appliances. The two cities developed and implemented a pilot program starting in July and running through September of 2013. Together, the cities collected over 43,000 pounds of bulky items from residents. Materials were transported to facilities for recycling whenever possible. Nearly 200 residents (191) were served in Falcon Heights and 128 in Lauderdale.
Read more about this pilot program.
Spring Compost Bin Sale
The Recycling Association of Minnesota will be selling compost bins at a reduced price, starting in mid March.
To purchase, pre-order online at RecycleMinnesota.org or call 651.641.4589. Purchased bins need to be picked up on April 25 at Roseville City Hall or May 31, 2014 at Rock Tenn in Saint Paul.
New Radon Disclosure Requirements
As of January 1, 2014, the Minnesota Radon Awareness Act now requires that additional disclosure and education be provided to potential home buyers during residential real estate transactions in Minnesota. Before signing a purchase agreement to sell or transfer residential property, the seller shall disclose in writing to the buyer any knowledge the seller has of radon concentrations in the dwelling. Check the Minnesota Department of Health website for additional information.
Radon is a naturally-occurring, odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States. Winter months are a good time to test homes for radon. Order a radon test kit from Ramsey County by downloading an online order form or by calling 651.266.1127.
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