Repair, reuse culture is alive and well in the Twin Cities

It occurred to me after visiting Repair Lair, Nancy Ford’s singular repair-and-reuse shop on East Lake Street, on a rainy day in March, that almost all of my friends in high school had, for the most part, shopped at secondhand stores. We were a punked-out, idealistic bunch (we once plastered Dinkytown with anti-Exxon fliers). But … [ Read more]

Idaho research suggests barley growers can reduce water usage without reducing yields

More news on the water conservation front: research at the University of Idaho Extension suggests that barely growers can judiciously cut their irrigation at certain phases of the crop’s growth without affecting their overall yield or quality. This is the first year of barley agronomist Chris Rogers’ research with the popular MillerCoors barley variety Moravian 69. … [ Read more]

Climate Generation gets the Birchwood Boost

As our month of conservation-themed stories draws to a close, we at The Growler have been thinking about how to be more involved in these pressing global issues in the course of our everyday lives. One thing we’ll do is eat at the Birchwood Cafe (I mean, we do that anyway, because we dream about those savory waffles), … [ Read more]

Conservation in action: Restoring North America’s bison population

Take a Sunday drive along the rolling county roads of outstate Minnesota, watching out your window as lakes and clustered cabins give way to sprawling farmland and the odd barn or cowshed, and you might spot among the dairy farms and cornfields the occasional ranch dedicated to raising bison. From the safe side of a … [ Read more]

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Kona Brewing to build new $20M high-efficiency brewery

Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company will break ground on a new $20 million, 100,000-barrel capacity brewery and canning facility on Friday, March 11. The 30,000 square-foot facility will include an on-site resource recovery center that will allow for the recycling of brewing byproducts and help produce electricity, heat, and clean water for the brewery. Additionally, solar photovoltaic systems … [ Read more]

12 green myths put to the test

Green. Eco-friendly. Sustainable.  Every day we’re told what’s OK and what’s not when considering how to best treat the Earth. But how much of that advice is factually sound and how much of it is just another old wives’ tale? We dig into some of the most assumed-to-be-true green practices to see which ones check … [ Read more]

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Spring cleaning? Recycling at Tech Dump impacts more than the environment

Ahh…spring cleaning. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a house and garage cleared of all the junk that accumulated over the past year. But don’t just go crazy filling up the dumpster to prove to the world (and yourself) that you’re not a hoarder—recycling makes a big difference and is easier than you may think. … [ Read more]

MN signs off on PolyMet Mine environmental review

The state signed off today, March 3, on the decade-long environmental review of the first copper- nickel mine proposed for the Iron Range, marking a major turning point in the most contentious environmental fight Minnesota has had in years, reports The Star Tribune. Next will come what is likely to be a heated debate about how to … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Simon Nielsen of Central Waters Brewing

There’s a certain art to perseverance. Pursue too eagerly and you’re a nuisance. Tiptoe too timidly and you’ll be forgotten. It’s all about timing and persistence, observation and steadfastness. And patience. Lots of patience. Simon Nielsen knows well what it means to persevere. The 29-year-old has already navigated more detours and hurdles than some people … [ Read more]

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Craft Culture: Eco-friendly outdoor furniture at Loll Designs

There is no shortage of big companies touting their environmentally friendly practices as a way to endear themselves to the public these days. And that would be fine—if those businesses were backing up their words with actions. But few do, and even fewer have principles of sustainability firmly rooted in their origins. Duluth-based Loll Designs … [ Read more]

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Minnesota’s state species: Their past, present, and uncertain future

Minnesota’s official state symbols represent the natural treasures found within the state and remind us of our cultural heritage. But will Minnesota’s most iconic species still be here in 50 years? We check in to see how five of the most beloved state symbols are faring in the face of a changing climate and loss … [ Read more]

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The thirsty business of beer: How breweries are confronting the industry’s water problem

The pentagon is worried about water. A 2012 National Security Assessment called climate change-induced water shortages the greatest threat to global security. The report warned of impacts on food and energy production, which would lead to political instability and mass migrations as water conflicts erupt between farmers and city dwellers, ethnic groups, and upstream and … [ Read more]

Seeing green: Looking past the label to separate sustainable from superficial

green•wash (grēn’wŏsh’, -wôsh’) — The act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. When a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact. You’re standing in … [ Read more]

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What can the average person do about food waste?

Human beings eat only half of all the food we grow. The United States alone wastes over 100 billion pounds of edible food each year; that’s around $161 billion worth. We cast off crooked carrots, we’ve banished the idea of seasonality, and we buy things only to forget them until they rot. This squandered surplus … [ Read more]

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So much energy in us: How Cloud Cult stays committed to the environment

Imagine you are a musician fronting a band, performing before thousands of fans, literally in the spotlight. It’s easy to imagine that performing on stage feels like being at the center of the universe. For Craig Minowa of Cloud Cult, though, it’s different. “In our backyard when I was growing up, there were a couple … [ Read more]