Monthly Archives: October 2013

Bloomington City Council Candidate Surveys Posted.

To assist voters in evaluating the candidates for the Bloomington City Council, the Bloomington Sustainability Coalition endeavored to survey the 10 city council candidates on a number of critical sustainability issues in the areas of planning, water, solid waste, and transportation.  In many cases we sat down with candidates individually to discuss and clarify the questions and to listened to and help clarify their answers.  In all cases the candidates have approved what has been posted.  Only 2 candidates choose not to respond.

https://bscminnesota.wordpress.com/bloomington-city-council-candidate-survey/

Target Corporation takes steps to sustainable product transparency.

Target is taking an important step toward greater transparency, which we hope will lead to more sustainable and innovative products.

The Target Sustainable Product Standard, which was developed over the last two years in partnership with industry experts, vendors and NGOs, will help establish a common language, definition and process for qualifying what makes a product more sustainable.

Using GoodGuide’s UL Transparency Platform, Target will collect information from vendors and evaluate a product’s qualities against set criteria.

https://corporate.target.com/discover/article/introducing-the-Target-Sustainable-Product-Standar

City Council Candidate survey nearing completion.

To assist voters in evaluating the candidates for the Bloomington City Council, the Bloomington Sustainability Coalition endeavored to survey the 10 city council candidates on a number of critical sustainability issues in the areas of planning, water, solid waste, and transportation.  In many cases we sat down with candidates individually to discuss and clarify the questions and to listened to and help clarify their answers.  In all cases the candidates have approved what has been posted.  

It is expected this process will be complete in the next few days and so please check back soon.  In the interim please tell your Bloomington friends, colleagues, etc the survey will be out there and another tool to help them make that important decision at the polls on Tuesday November 5, 2013.

You can find additional information on ballots, where to vote and other information on the city web site at:

http://ci.bloomington.mn.us/cityhall/dept/techserv/clerk/vote/vote.htm

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Bloomington City Council Candidate Forum

Bloomington City Council Candidate Forum

The Bloomington League of Women Voters sponsored a Candidate Forum on October 8th. All the candidates for Bloomington City Council were at the forum and it will be re-broadcast on Bloomington Cable. Watch the League website for specific times and dates.
http://lwvbloomington.org/

Also the Bloomington Sustainability Coalition is nearing completion of the candidate surveys that were sent out regarding sustainability. When completed those will be published on this site.
So stay tuned and please remember to vote on Tuesday November 5, 2013.

Trash disposal and recycling information now available on Bloomington city website.

Please check out the updated trash disposal and recycling information now available on  Bloomington city website.

http://www.ci.bloomington.mn.us/main_top/3_homecomm/trash/trash.htm

Sustainability Work Program in Bloomington, MN

The City of Bloomington’s Sustainability Work Program outlines ongoing and new sustainable initiatives, which on June 2, 2013, the City Council identified for implementation in the next three years.

http://www.ci.bloomington.mn.us/main_top/3_homecomm/environ/environ.htm#workprog

Added Oct. 5, 2013

 

Community Solar Presentation

Join the Bush Lake Izaak Walton Chapter for a program on community solar gardens

7515 Izaak Walton Road, Bloomington 55438 (off of East Bush Lake Road)

Sunday, October 6 5-6:30 pm

4:00-5:00 Annual Meeting of the membership to conduct the business of the chapter and elect officers and directors for 2014.  Open to Bush Lake Izaak Walton Members Only

5:00-6:30 Potluck and Presentation on Community Solar Gardens by Dustin Denison of Minnesota Community Solar Open to the Public

As a result of a 2013 MN legislative act, electricity consumers can now get energy from solar PV without having to install panels on their own roof or property.  They receive credits on their monthly electric bills and savings for the duration of their subscriptions.  Best of all, consumers can increase their energy independence, cut their carbon footprint, and support businesses that are providing manufacturing, engineering and installation jobs right here in Minnesota, all without using fossil fuels that are destroying our planet.  This provides opportunities for subscribers, investors, and sites that have excellent solar potential.  For more information go to:  http://mncommunitysolar.com/

Potluck: We’ll provide apple cider, condiments, plasticware and a lighted grill.  Bring something to grill and a dish to pass.  

As always, we look forward to seeing you again.

John Crampton

Pres. Bush Lake IKEs

SixOneTwo.396-6010