Caring for Creation / OUR ENVIRONMENT
A list of resources:  references, games, books and commercial sites.


Recycle old materials:  Remodeling, putting on a new roof?  The old materials could be recyclable - ask your contractor.  Some furniture can be recycled; contact the manufacturer.

Recycle by lists items people want to give away, or post your own items.  St. Odillia's Church picks up furniture for refugees.  Camp du Nord and Camp Widjiwagan have two big garage sales each year - donate your items and get a tax deduction.  Google the camp names and "Garage Sale" for more information.

NEW  Alcohol Rehab.  (14)  An online resource of Alcoholism Rehab Resources.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.   Barbara Kingsolver's family documented their year of procuring as much of their food as possible from neighboring farms and their own backyard.     Web site is full of resources.

NEW Appliances, use of Electricity.  (9)

Best Buy Electronics Recycling.  Stores will accept up to 2 items per customer per day to be recycled.  See their web site for their guidelines.

NEW Bottled Water, Impact of.  (9)

Carbon Footprint.  Measure the impact of human activities on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in unit of carbon dioxide.

Carbon Footprint.  A second tool to calculate the carbon footprint of your home and transportation.  (2)

Catalog Choice.  A free service that lets you decline paper catalogs you no longer wish to receive.

Climate Counts  a collaborative effort to bring consumers and companies together.

NEW Colleges Going Green.  (13)  How colleges and students are boosting sustainability.

NEW Compost Guide.  (15)  A comprehensive blog posting of composting resources.

NEW Composting 101  (11)

Conservation Minnesota.    Works to protect our lands, lakes and way of life.  With dependable information and effective tools, Conservation Minnesota makes it easy for Minnesotans to help their elected leaders make responsible decisions and make a difference that will last for generations.

NEW Construction Data Visualizer. (9) 

Do It GreenA directory of green businesses and organizations.  Formerly the Green Guide.  Printed guidebook Do It Green! Magazine, Community workshops and skill shares, and a model eco home for educational tours

DSIRE.  DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

NEW Education, 24 Classroom Ideas.  (11)

NEW Education,  Scholarships, Internships and Activities.  (11)

ELCA - Caring for Creation   The Environment program of the ELCA under Social Issues.

Empowerment Institute.  Publisher of "Low Carbon Diet."

Environmentally Friendly Car / Cheap Car Insurance.

Getting Clean by Going Green.  (8)

Global Warming 101.  An initiative of the Will Steger Foundation.

Global Impact Domain: "Methane Emissions."    Analysis of the “methane emissions” including methane emitted directly from livestock digestive processes. And, “Humans’ Beef with Livestock.”    and

Go Green at Home!  For Kids & Adults.  (5)

Green Cleaning – Lots of good tips  (3)

Green Guardian.    Go-to guide for waste and recycling in the Twin Cities.

Greening Schools.    Protecting our children, our environment, our future.  A Project by the Illinois EPA and WMRC

Grist.    Latest news with humor, too..

Guide to Home Energy Efficiency  (7)

Guide to Solar Energy in the Home  (4)  Site designed by which is headquartered in Fargo, N.D. providing information on the Marcellus Shale.  Energy industry focused.    Interactive site with hints for saving water throughout the house.

NEW Home Improvement.  (11)

IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  
         Includes the Fifth Assessment Report.

Jobs – Green.  Resource Guide for Individuals with Disabilities.  (11)

MN Interfaith Power and Light.    Congregations Caring for Creation - promoting the active care of creation as integral to spiritual life and social justice in Minnesota communities of faith.

National Wildlife Federation.      National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.  Ideas for gardening, update on legislative actions - latest news, educational projects.    NWF Home:  http:/     and    Wildlife Habitat – Garden for Wildlife

Nature Conservancy.  (1)  works to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Our Earth.    Includes a range of info from tax rebates to live web cams of animals.

NEW Pets Preventing Kids from Smoking.  (14)  Pets preventing kids from using drugs or alcohol.

QuitDay.  (1)  App that guides users through options.  Resources for smokers and friends of smokers.  Note:  may not work with some browsers.

Quit Smoking.  (1)  Site from CDC with tips and guides.

NEW Quit Smoking Community.  (14)  A virtual community that offers support and information for those trying to kick the deadliest habit in the world.

Real Climate.     A site written by working climate scientists.

Recycling 101

Roseville Recycling    Go to the "For Residents" pull down menu, then to “Garbage.”  Menu on the left lists Clean Up Day and Recycling.

NEW Rx Dangers.  (10)

NEW Solar Action Alliance.  (12)  A group of environmentalists – Website includes a petitionm blog, informative articles, location-specific information and more.

NEW Solar Energy.  (11)

NEW Solar Panels in the Home.  (11)

Stop Global Warming.    Action steps and lots of links.

NEW Transportation Impact.  (9)




As of December 2016

Best Buy Recycling  -  3 units per person per day with no charge.  -  Donations requested with units being recycled (CRTs are $20.00 fixed donation), includes cameras.  -   Drop off and pickup.  Residential and Commercial.  Assett Buy Back Program.  $0.25 per pound. -  Working equipment donations are accepted free of charge.  Check their site for more information and for events such as the Free Computer Cleanup Day (an event to clean up and upgrade your PC).

TechDump.Org  -  Free Electronics Recycling in the Twin Cities.

Consumer Consequences.  An online game from American Public Media.

MN Energy Challenge.  This website will help you calculate your carbon footprint and show how to save money and energy in your home. Take the EZ Challenge which will then e-mail you your user ID and password.  At the optional team field select "Congregations" and then at the "Name" field type in "Incarnation" so you can select the church as your team.  (Or, after taking the challenge go to "Members Area" and to "Modify Teams.").

Animal Vegetable Miracle.     
Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver.

Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility.     Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger.  MPR Midday guests February 26, 2008.

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future.     
Bill McKibben.

Dream of the Earth.      Thomas Berry.

Easy Green Living and other resources.    
Renee' Loux -  Good overall guide with lots of how-to's and why.

How Much is Enough: Hungering for God in an Affluent Culture.     
Arthur Simon.  Founder of
Bread for the World

A Moral Climate: the Ethics of Global Warming.     Michael S. Northcott. 
Michael Northcott has written several books – search on the Web by his name.

Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.   Cooked.  In Defense of Food.  Food Rules.     
Michael Pollan.

A Greener Read.  Twin Cities company that recycles books, CDs, videos.  Drop off bins are located around the Twin Cities.

Diane MacEachern - Diane's Big Green Purse.  For eco-conscious consumers.

Fair Trade Certified.   The Fair Trade Certified™ Label guarantees consumers that strict economic, social and environmental criteria were met in the production and trade of an agricultural product. Fair Trade Certification is currently available in the U.S. for coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, flowers, sugar, rice, and vanilla.

Green Home. the environmental store,

Guide to Green Furniture.  Note:  back arrow on site does not always work.

Novica.  What the world creates by hand.

Organic Bouquet.   Floral gifts sourced from growers that are committed to the highest social and environmental standards. Flowers are grown and harvested using practices that aim to improve the quality of farm working conditions, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and enhance environmental quality for future generations.

Organic Pages on Line.   Organic Trade Association (OTA). A quick, easy way to find certified organic products, producers, ingredients, supplies and services offered by OTA members, as well as items of interest to the entire organic community.

Seed Savers.   Heritage seeds - vegetables and flowers. 
       3094 North Winn Road, Decorah, IA 52101

Moss Envy Eco Home & Life.   Made in the U.S. with recycled, reclaimed, natural and organic materials.  Had been Twin Cities Green; and Regifts merged with Twin Cities Green in 2008.


(1)  Amy E., student at Oregon Health and Science University:,  CDC Quit Smoking and Nature Conservancy

(2)  Deb C.:  Carbon Footprint, a second calculator for our carbon footprint

(3)  Stay Green While You Clean

(4)  Community Center students:  A Guide to Solar Energy in the Home

(5)  4H Club in CA:  Go Green at Home!  For Kids & Adults

(6)  GMS:   Links submitted by Deanna Ryan’s science class at Green Mountain School District in Vermont.

(7)  Stacy in Seattle:  Guide to Home Energy Efficiency

(8)  Jamie (working on a Science Fair Project):   Getting Clean by Going Green

(9)  All Green PR Limited.  UK based resources, James in London

(10)  Rx Dangers, Madison Hilltree

(11)  Open Educators, Caroline Hampton.

(12)  Solar Action Alliance Org., Jessica Reynolds

(13)  Laura Brigham,

(14)  Lynda Thomas []

(15)  Amelia Robinson []

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