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Dianna von Rabenau
The Green Mercantile
I was born in Albert Lea, MN, raised on the 'Iron Range' in Babbitt, Minnesota. Grew up with both parents working in the iron ore mines and logging timber on the side. I moved to Duluth seeking an education at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
I started volunteering for our neighborhood, natural foods co-op and soon began working there. I became their produce manager around the time of the big 'alar' scare when 'organic' food was just beginning. I sunk deep into organics and pesticide knowledge. I eventually changed positions to be the marketing and member services manager. In this role, I went out to the public and presented alternative products and information to them. I also edited the co-op's newsletter and provided educational information to consumers.
After 17 years at the co-op, I took over the management of The Green Mercantile. In this role I have been able to expand my product knowledge and teach more about alternatives and recycling to our community.
The Green Mercantile is a natural department store specializing in organic, sustainable, recycled and alternative products. It promotes American, union and fair-trade made products.
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- Chain Stores, Main Street Business & Local Economies
Studies indicating that locally owned retail businesses can have advantages for communities compared with national chains; ordinances to favor local retail.
- Cradle to Cradle Principles
A new approach to industry and society based on nature's cycles and sustainable design that will move beyond the current paradigm of eco-efficiency.
- Global Reporting Initiative
An offshoot of CERES, the Global Reporting Initiative aims, in part, to rewrite the rules of accounting to include new measures of social and environmental accountability. It strives to change the terms by which corporations define success.
- Green Collar Jobs
A guide, a web site for Minnesota, and a report for the Twin Cities, to help cities foster training and employing people for higher wage careers in new clean, green, energy efficient job sectors.
- GreenBiz.com (TM)
GreenBiz.com (TM) is a leading source for news, opinion, best practices, and other resources on the greening of mainstream business.
- Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
MnTAP is the premier provider of industry and process-specific pollution prevention information in Minnesota. MnTAP's engineers and scientists work to prevent the pollution of our land, air and water and to keep Minnesota businesses competitive.
- Minnesota Waste Wise and Energy Smart
Non-regulatory waste and energy use reduction programs to assist Minnesota businesses. By joining, businesses receive technical assistance in the form of site visits, a quarterly print newsletter and a monthly electronic newsletter.
- Sustainable Industrial Development
Eco-industrial parks: industrial development which simultaneously meets high economic, environmental, and social goals.
- SustainableBusiness.com - The Center for Environment and Business on the Web
An up-to-date online magazine with news, events, business and investment opportunities, links and resources.