Oct 04

Fall Renewable Energy Tour! Upcoming visit to the Wastewater Treatment Facility!

This past Tuesday, community members gathered to learn about how they can begin composting in their backyards.  Brett Cease overviewed the basics of composting and those gathered asked questions about the best way to set up a compost bin, what type of materials are compostable, and how to troubleshoot composting problems.

Brett had brought in some pallets and demonstrated how to put together a simple, homemade compost bin.  While there are compost bins that can be purchased, making your own is very easy and can be done with pallets or even chicken wire.

If you missed out on this event and are looking for resources to get started with your own bin, check out the MN Pollution Control Agency’s instructions for backyard composting.

Wastewater Treatment Facility Tour

What exactly happens to Bemidji’s waste water?  Where does it go, and how is it processed? Next week, Sustainable Tuesdays will be visiting Bemidji’s Wastewater Treatment Facility from 5:30-7:30pm.  We’ll be meeting at the facility administration building (400 Midway Dr S, on Lake Irving).

If you’re interested in learning more about the water treatment process, come join us as co-superintendents Alan Gorick and Mike Forbes lead a tour of the Wastewater Treatment Facility.  We’ll be learning about the sustainable practices the facility is implementing and reflecting on the important connection between water and environmental stewardship.

Please dress appropriately for this tour.  High heels, open-toed shoes, sandals, or flip-flop type footwear are NOT allowed in the facility.  We will be outside for portions of the tour, so please dress for the weather. This tour does involve a lot of stairs and walking.

Directions and parking information:

Just SE of the Mississippi River Bridge, between Lake Irving and Bemidji, turn south onto Union St, continue south to Irving Access Loop SW.  Cross the railroad track, turn left, and go through the gate.  Follow the road to the administration office on the Lake Irving side of the facility.

Hwy 71 Renewable Energy Tour:  Saturday, October 6 from 10am to 1pm

You’ve probably heard that renewable energy has the power to reduce your monthly energy bills, cut carbon emissions, and improve your property’s value.  But if you’d like to see for yourself how alternative energy technologies could be utilized in your home or business, be sure to check out Saturday’s free Renewable Energy Tour.

As part of a larger, statewide energy tour, the Park Rapids Area Energy Expansion (PRAEEx) has joined forces with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) to provide a tour of local energy initiatives.  Both homes and businesses will be sharing their experiences about adopting renewable energy.  The local, self-guided tour is open from 10am to 1pm.

For a map of sites on the local tour, please visit the West Central Telephone/Zenergy websites: www.wcta.net and www.zenergyguide.com

To learn more about the Statewide tour, visit www.MNSolarTour.org.

For more information, please contact Pam Mahling of West Central Telephone/Zenergy at 218-837-5151 or Brita Sailer at 218-732-4562.

Solar Event in Mahnomen on October 11th

If you can’t make this weekend’s Solar Tour or are looking for even more examples of how to incorporate solar energy into your home or business, be sure to head to Mahnomen on October 11th for another free solar energy event.  The Northwest Clean Energy Resource Team (NW CERT) is hosting an event on the new campus of the White Earth Tribal & Community College on Thursday, October 11th from 1pm to 4pm.

This is a great opportunity to see what solar developments communities such as White Earth, the City of Moorhead, and Camp Rabideau have made and to consider the role that solar energy can play our lives.

To see a schedule and register for the event, please visit http://nwcertsolar.eventbrite.com or call 612-626-0555.

Photographer wanted for Farm to School event on October 17th

The Rail River Folk School is working with the NW Regional Sustainable Partnership to document the work being done in local Farm to School programs.  On October 17th, participating farmers will be joining schoolchildren for a lunch event featuring local foods.  A photographer interested in contributing their work to the Farm to School program is being sought to document this event.

The event is being held midday on October 17th and would require no more than 1-2 hours of time and the willingness to donate images to the photo essay project. Credit for photography will be given. For more information, please contact Jessica Saucedo at railriverfolkschool@hotmail.com.

As always, our program depends on your input and feedback, and we welcome your ideas and suggestions to broaden our community. Sustainable Tuesdays feature a variety of learning opportunities focused on sustainability that connect our beautiful, vibrant community and is a partnership program with the Indigenous Environmental Network, MN GreenCorps, Rail River Folk School and BSU’s Sustainability Office.

For more information, contact Caitlyn Schuchhardt at 755-3765 or Simone Senogles 751-4967.