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Topic Areas

Sustainable agriculture, food, forestry, gardening
Green buildings, housing, materials, siting
Pollution prevention, green business development
MN GreenStep Cities, indicators, citizen participation, community development
Ecosystem-based management, biodiversity
Curricula, education on sustainability
Clean energy, energy efficiency, renewable and distributed energy
Individual Choices
Green living, simplicity, personal transformation, creating grassroots alternatives
Land Use
Planning and zoning, Smart Growth
The latest information on state, national and global issues
Transportation alternatives, nonmotorized transportation
Safe drinking water supply, Wastewater treatment, Water conservation, Lakes and Rivers, Groundwater, Stormwater management

Contact information

Erin Barnes-Driscoll
Sustainable Communities Team
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Rd. N., 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55155-4194
(651) 296-6300 or (800) 657-3864

Latest Resources Added
Beyond Storms and Drought: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change - Beyond Storms and Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change overviews the likely psychological impacts of climate change, from stress, anxiety and depression to increases in violence and aggression and loss of community identity. It discusses the pathways through which these and other impacts on human well-being will arise, why some communities will be hit harder than others, and how psychological impacts interact with physical health. (8/4)

The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges - The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have teamed up to release the fifth annual edition of the unique, free guidebook that recognizes the nation's most environmentally responsible green colleges. The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition profiles 332 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. This book is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges. Source: (6/10)

Third National Climate Assessment - The U.S. Global Change Research Program recently released the Third National Climate Assessment. The report summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It describes the impacts of climate change across ten geographic regions of the United States, and in economic sectors such as agriculture, energy, and health. The descriptions translate scientific insights into practical information that can help decision-makers and citizens anticipate and prepare for climate-change impacts. Source: May 9th, 2014, EPA Climate Change and Water News (6/10)

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