Tag Archives | environment

Broadway Bridge

Threat Modeling and Climate Change

Have you ever looked both ways before crossing a street? The idea has been drilled into our heads since we were children. Drivers pose a significant threat to pedestrians in the United States, so it’s natural to be wary of them while walking. Let’s ask an even simpler question: why do we do this? That […]

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The New Neighbors

I’m a casual bird watcher. I feed them in my Minneapolis back yard and keep lists of avian visitors there and at the nearby lake. It’s pretty amazing what shows up. My back yard list has 54 species, plus 42 more seen at the lake. Some are common, many are rarely seen and it’s a […]

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Riding the Bus to the Fed Costs Less Than Half as Driving. So Why is the Fed Building Parking?

Recently, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis proposed the building of an 800-stall parking ramp on land that it bought in April of 2018. The land is currently a 300-stall parking lot that is adjacent to the Fed campus. As my colleague Alex Schieferdecker discussed in his article on Tuesday, the proposed “Heritage Landing Parking Ramp” would […]

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Neighborhood Night at Water Bar

Join us for a happy hour open house at Water Bar & Public Studio. Check out this new community space focused on art and sustainability, visit with neighbors, and learn about exciting things happening in our community. We’ll have local waters on tap – as well as local brews – served by artists and other community leaders. Free and open to all!

Water Bar began in 2014 as a public art project, a pop-up bar that serves local tap waters and is staffed by water researchers, sustainability educators, activists, artists and other community residents.

Over the past two years Water Bar has served local tap waters to over 30,000 people in Minnesota, Arkansas, Illinois and North Carolina – sparking conversations about the importance of local water to lives and communities, and helping to equip people to engage with complex and urgent issues stemming form our collective attitudes and approaches to environment – issues like water pollution and scarcity, land use and urban development, climate change and environmental injustice.

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Chart of the Day: Salt Use by Industry over Time

Here’s a chart from this neat article on the history of salt de-icing on US roads. It all started in New Hampshire, but you can see the growth of de-icing salt (the green line on the chart): As the article explains, all this salt has a bit of an impact on the local nonhuman environment: Just […]

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Sustainable City Logistics in ʼs-Hertogenbosch

Hat tip to Walker Angell for pointing me to this very interesting video about limiting the number of trucks accessing dense central cities, from Bicycle Dutch. Every year the proud 140,000 inhabitants of ʼs-Hertogenbosch (aka Den Bosch) welcome around 5 million visitors. Every week 5,000 lorries and vans enter the city center to get all […]

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Questions About the Northeast Metro Water Supply Plan

In the land of 10,000 lakes, we have a water shortage.  According to the Metropolitan Council: “With more than 70 percent of the region’s water supply coming out of the ground, we are mining our groundwater and sending it downstream at the expense of our water supply, natural amenities, quality of life and economy. It’s […]

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