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Yeah, we met on the street!

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Turns out that if you let the community transform a space, they’ll do it with gusto! Over 1,000 people came out to Lincoln Park Meet on the Street yesterday, Sunday July 13.  For a few hours, 3rd St. between 24th and 27th Avenues West was a new community center–a space where you could get to know your neighbors, play some games, enjoy storytime under the trees, cover the asphalt with chalk art, meet Laverne the Lake Superior Zoo chinchilla and her creepy-crawly buddies, and much more.

Did you go to Meet on the Street? Share your story here. Tell us what you liked or didn’t like–and stay tuned for next year! Can we make it 1500? Or even more?

 

 

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The party’s just getting started at 2:15, but already the neighborhood is taking to the streets.

bike party

Bike party! A cluster of bikes gathers around the UMD Office of Sustainability’s Fender Blender, a human-powered smoothie maker on loan to Ecolibrium3 for the event.

Our Lincoln Park Celebration!

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Ready to bust out after a long, hard winter (that isn’t over yet–oh, April, always with the snowstorms) and celebrate what’s going on in the neighborhood? Mark your calendars, because the Our Lincoln Park Neighborhood Celebration is coming up on Saturday, May 3 from 10-2 at Clyde Iron Works! This free event welcomes all Lincoln Park residents, or potential residents, to explore neighborhood services, engage in planning revitalization efforts, and connect with other neighborhood residents. Events and entertainment include a kids’ stage and art area, Zumba, boxing, bike safety, and an appearance by the Denfeld robotics team. All attendees will be entered for door prizes from neighborhood businesses and will have the opportunity to participate in presentations about saving energy, buying a home, and family events. Upcoming neighborhood planning projects will also be presented. Free food tastings will be provided from Lincoln Park area vendors along with a sample of this year’s community vegetable, beans! Link: https://www.ourlincolnpark.com/home/planning/olp-celebration/

Fuel Oil Conversion Program Launched

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Ecolibrium3 is excited to announce a new grant program available to help low-income Lincoln Park and West Duluth residents switch from heating with fuel oil to natural gas. This grant covers the cost of a new heating system and potential replacement of a household’s hot water heater. Switching from fuel oil to natural gas saves Duluth homeowners an average of $1,062 per year!

This grant program operates on a first-come, first-served basis.  In order to secure grant funding, it is important that all forms and information be returned in a complete and timely manner.

If you have questions about this program or the eligibility requirements, please contact Ecolibrium3 at 218-336-1038.

Ecolibrium3 to Promote Healthy Homes

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Ten Minnesota communities in Minnesota will soon be healthier places to live. The Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities has awarded $23,000 to support projects in rural, suburban, and urban areas of the state. Each recipient organization is pursuing an innovative strategy to improve health, housing, and well-being.

The projects range from creating more vibrant community gardens, better collaboration between tenants and landlords, bike programs, and citizen advocacy for user-friendly streets.

Together, the projects will strengthen local networks and collaboration, educate the public about how to make homes and communities healthier, and promote policies and practices which advance healthy homes and communities.

The projects to be funded include:

  • Ecolibrium3: To educate homeowners on environmental problems in the home that can impact health and how to mitigate energy, air quality, mold, lead, and safety concerns.
  • Alliance for Sustainability: To integrate healthy homes and behavior change into the Bloomington/Richfield Sustainability Fair and 9 other suburban Living Green Fairs.
  • Cycles for Change: To build on the success of the Youth Bike Club through youth-led weekly rides to encourage healthy transportation choices.
  • Headwaters Regional Development Commission: To educate homeowners on safe and healthy homes and provide resources for improvements. To provide a checklist for home buyers to make informed decisions.
  • Wadena County Public Health: To organize an event with local rental property owners and managers to build relationships and awareness for maintaining healthy rental properties.
  • The Sierra Club North Star Chapter: To create Citizen Summits that will increase effective citizen advocacy for transit oriented development.
  • Project Sweetie Pie: To pilot a Youth Cafe celebrating a summer of Gardens Galore, the seeding of North Minneapolis through scattered community gardens.
  • American Lung Associate of the Upper Midwest: To provide in-depth training for agencies in St. Louis and Carlton counties on environmental assessment for Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control activities.
  • Rebuilding Together Twin Cities: To build relationships with the Hmong community to help keep families safe in their homes.
  • Spring Lake Park Fire Department: To organize a community event at Scotland Green Apartments in Mound View to educate residents, provide safety equipment, and create a safer environment for residents.

The mission of the Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities is to promote, support and provide healthy homes and communities for all Minnesotans.  The Alliance is made up of 100 organizations and individuals who believe that all Minnesotans should have the opportunity to make choices that allow them to live long, healthy lives, regardless of their income, education, or ethnic background.  These mini-grants are made possible by a grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.