Archive for September, 2009

Twin Cities Green Jobs Posting, 9/15 – 9/28

Energy Stimulus Jobs in Minnesota

from the Office of Energy Security

Recycling Association of Minnesota

Accountant ($20/hr, 8hrs/wk, St. Paul) 

Center for Energy and Environment

Energy Counselor ($31,200 starting, Minneapolis) 

Energy Inspector ($31,200, Minneapolis) 

Minnesota Waste Wise/Energy Smart

Energy Smart Outreach and Communications Coordinator (full time, St. Paul)

– Energy Smart Program Intern ($10/hr, 15-20hrs/wk, St. Paul)

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“You can recycle that?” Twin Cities Plastic Bag Recycling

In the interest of full disclosure, I work for these people, but I wouldn’t post it if I didn’t think it was worth sharing.

Did you know you can recycle this stuff in the Twin Cities?

  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Plastic retail bags with string ties and rigid plastic handles removed
  • Plastic newspaper bags
  • Plastic dry-cleaning bags
  • Plastic produce bags
  • Plastic bread bags
  • Plastic cereal bags
  • Plastic frozen food bags
  • Plastic wrap from paper products (paper towels, etc)
  • Plastic salt bags with rigid plastic handles removed
  • Plastic stretch/shrink wrap
  • Plastic zipper type bags (zipper cut off)

Just clean it and take it back to the grocery store each week and put it in the “It’s In The Bag” bin (usually right by the door). I know the Selby-Dale Mississippi Market participates.

I… had to go dig some things out of the trash. How did I not know about this?

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The Most Amazing Day of My Life

So this post doesn’t exactly have to do with being green, but it has to do with local businesses and buying from the people you know (and not from big box stores like Target and Ikea). And um, plus I’m really excited!

Last week, I entered my boyfriend, Caleb, in a “make-over my boyfriend” contest from KSTP… and they picked him! The producer of Twin Cities Live called to check on our schedule and BAM, suddenly we’re gonna be on TV! (And I’m thinking… what did I get us in to?) We went to Heime’s Haberdashery the next day, and here’s where things kind of get green – buying high quality clothes that fit you and last forever instead of crap that will wear out that you’ll have to replace within a year. Anyway, the clothes Vince at Heime’s picked out for Caleb were phenomenal – really classic and also stylish. You can watch the clip from Twin Cities Live yesterday here

Not only that… but I became Haskell’s 1000th Twitter follower on Tuesday… and also won a prize! Brian helped me pick out a Chilean red wine – I believe it is a Haskell’s private label – 2007 Andean Ridge Carmenère (which apparently goes well with spicy foods, like a lot of vegetarian dishes), as well as a Beringer 2008 sweet Chenin Blanc (for Caleb… apparently it’s even sweeter than a Riesling, and also goes well with spicy foods), and then I picked out Tanqueray No. 2 for the promise of green-colored martinis.


Clearly, this will not happen every week. I have never won anything before in my life, and will probably never win anything after. And the Mayor will not always be there to judge how well Caleb dresses himself in the morning.

If you get a chance, check out the nice folks at Heime’s and Haskell’s. And I’m not only saying this because they gave us free stuff, but because I had such a good experience at both places. So much better than Macy’s and Big Top. It makes a difference to have knowledgeable, personable people that can help you pick out something that you actually want – plus, they really care about their work, and they live right in your community, and have places of business with actual personality. Caleb says shaves at Hemie’s are $12 (gone are the days when they cost two bits, but $12 is less than I imagined). And maybe you’ll be the next to win a prize..?

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Twin Cities Green Jobs Posting, 9/1 – 9/14

See below for a list of green jobs posted in the last two weeks. For more green jobs listings, check the last post (8/13 – 8/31).

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
– Neighborhood Naturalist ($10.97/hr, part time) (posting)

Three Rivers Park District (Plymouth, MN)
– Fundraising and Development Manager ($64k-90k/yr) (posting)

Will Steger Foundation (Minneapolis)
– Education Intern (10 hours/week, unpaid) (posting)

Mpls. Dept. of Health & Family Support
– Family Support Specialist II Environmental Health and Special Projects ($47-65k) (posting)

Legislative Coordinating Comm.
– Commission Assistant/Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (full time, benefits eligible) (posting)

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