Green Visions

A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m.  Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.


The vote to ban single-use bags - paper AND plastic - was pushed back a couple of weeks on Monday night to allow for more discussion.

A committee-of-the-whole meeting is set for October 24 to concentrate on the proposed ordinance.

Jamie Harvie of Bag It, Duluth says the group has been working to get the ordinance passed for over two years, so a delay to answer more questions isn't a problem.

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Last month, UMD students threw away almost 200 fewer pounds of food than in September of the year before.

Solar production on campus has tripled since the SUN program got off the ground four years ago.

Tomorrow (October 10) is UMD's Sustainability Fair, and whether you're a student or a community member, there's a lot for you to take in.

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There have been plenty of protests and public feedback, and even Minnesota's Department of Commerce has weighed in on Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline (they said a new one isn't needed and the old one should be decommissioned).

But the Commerce department doesn't have the final say: the Public Utilities Commission does.

So a group will gather Saturday on the shores of Gitchi Gammi (Lake Superior) for a rally and march to leave no question in the minds of the PUC where they stand on the issue.

Well, some people are listening to the educated.

On Friday, all across the globe, young people (and others) will walk out of their schools and workplaces to "demand an end to the age of fossil fuels."

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Lake Superior College students are standing right at the intersection of science, social analysis and business.

Many people agree that climate change and sustainability need to be integral parts of our society going forward, but who is equipped to solve those problems and generate the solutions?

Deanna Erickson

Scientists and researchers at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve use not only science, but reading, math and language arts in their work every day.

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Brook trout like cool water.

Trees that overhang their rivers and streams provide shade and cool the water.  Without them, the water can get warm enough to harm or even kill the fish.

So "river maintenance" for groups like Gitche Gumee Trout Unlimited is more than just cleaning up litter; it means replanting native trees on riverbanks where they might have been cut back decades ago.

Erik Brockman

It all started with a donated box of river guide books.  While working at Ski Hut a few years ago, Jared Munch met an elderly couple who told him their paddling days were over, and handed him a cardboard box. Looking through the books, Munch discovered the Missinaibi River, an historic fur trade route used to travel between Lake Superior and James Bay.  The goal to paddle the route grew to starting in Duluth, and became a fundraiser for Neighborhood Youth Services in an effort to help kids get out into nature.

Maija Jenson

This week, Duluth mayor Emily Larson, the Duluth City Council, and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Administration Board (CSB) 

Tone Lanzillo

Tone Lanzillo re-thought pretty much his whole life over the last three years or so ...

The former mental health worker decided to downsize and relocate his life so he could find a community in which he could make a difference.

But no one was as surprised as he to see his two-week stay in Duluth turn into a permanent gig.


They're not letting Riley near the woodcock chicks.

But Riley probably doesn't care; he's doing what he's been trained (or is that re-trained?) to do: find woodcocks, point 'em out, and leave the rest to the humans.


The solar panels will go up before year's end at the northeastern entrance to the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Metro Blooms

Prior to 2013, three million gallons of storm water runoff was pouring into Lake Nokomis in south Minneapolis every year, along with over two tons of soil-suspended solids and more than 15 pounds of phosphorus.