Grantee Projects

Looking for great community project ideas? Since 2001, more than 225 projects initiated by schools and other non-profit organizations have participated in the program. Last year alone, the program engaged over 5,500 people. Project descriptions and contact information for all past grantees can be found below. 

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Model Projects

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center engaged school group visitors and wedding organizers to compost more and reduce waste.

Type of Organization
Schools / Youth, Other
Topic Areas:
How to reduce waste and reuse (i.e., packaging reduction, using reusable containers and bags).
How to host a gathering that produces little or no waste.

Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

Volunteers, staff and church members made changes at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church to reduce, reuse, and recycle their waste and reduce the use of toxic chemicals. They educated staff and congregation members to make changes at church, home, and influence their community by example.

Type of Organization
Churches / Faith Communities
Topic Areas:
How to reduce waste and reuse (i.e., packaging reduction, using reusable containers and bags).
What items are recyclable in your community and what new products are made from recycled materials
How to reduce the use of toxic products around the home and how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

Al-Amal School

Parent volunteers, with help from students and Girl Scout troop, educated the school community and Islamic Center of MN (ICM) about the benefits and guidelines of recycling to increase awareness and the practice of recycling in the building and at home. They focused on educating about waste reduction and reuse in an effort to save resources.

Type of Organization
Schools / Youth
Topic Areas:
How to reduce waste and reuse (i.e., packaging reduction, using reusable containers and bags).
What items are recyclable in your community and what new products are made from recycled materials

Laura Jeffrey Academy

Laura Jeffrey Academy, an all girls charter middle school, students have engaged in recycling, waste reduction, toxicity reduction integrated into STEM curriculum. The focus for the students has been to work within their community to raise awareness, problem solve, change behaviors and to take action.

Type of Organization
Schools / Youth
Topic Areas:
How to reduce waste and reuse (i.e., packaging reduction, using reusable containers and bags).
What items are recyclable in your community and what new products are made from recycled materials
How to reduce the use of toxic products around the home and how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.
How to use backyard composting as a way to properly manage yard and food waste.

Northeast Seniors for Better Living

The Northeast Seniors for Better Living have two project goals: Reduce unwanted junk mail seniors receive and identify, label and/or dispose of properly hazardous materials.

Type of Organization
Senior Citizens
Topic Areas:
How to reduce waste and reuse (i.e., packaging reduction, using reusable containers and bags).
How to reduce the use of toxic products around the home and how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

Waconia Independent Public School District 110

Students at Waconia High School, through the “Living Better… Living Green” campaign, developed a news video, then used social marketing strategies through its network of partners to facilitate environmentally sustainable and “Living Green” lifestyle choices for over 9,000 households and community residents. The initiative empowered over 3,200 K-12 students as ambassadors for social change to reduce waste and promote recycling practices within their community.

Type of Organization
Schools / Youth
Topic Areas:
How to reduce waste and reuse (i.e., packaging reduction, using reusable containers and bags).
What items are recyclable in your community and what new products are made from recycled materials
How to reduce the use of toxic products around the home and how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC)

Linden Hills Neighborhood Council created an effective and energizing neighborhood approach to helping its residents to recycle more and better and reduce toxicity. These efforts resulted in families taking action and staying informed.

Type of Organization
Neighborhoods
Topic Areas:
How to reduce waste and reuse (i.e., packaging reduction, using reusable containers and bags).
What items are recyclable in your community and what new products are made from recycled materials
How to reduce the use of toxic products around the home and how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.
How to host a gathering that produces little or no waste.

Carver County Libraries

Carver County Libraries created a multi-generational project focused on educating through adult and children's programming including workshops, bookclubs, family-friendly performances and storytimes. Their hands-on activites also featured new "go green" book collection and films. They also partnered with the Master Gardeners on a composting and gardening series.

Type of Organization
Community Organizations, Schools / Youth
Topic Areas:
How to reduce waste and reuse (i.e., packaging reduction, using reusable containers and bags).
What items are recyclable in your community and what new products are made from recycled materials
How to reduce the use of toxic products around the home and how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.
How to use backyard composting as a way to properly manage yard and food waste.

Macalester-Groveland Community Council

Since 2002, MGCC has worked with residents to help them reduce waste using different methods. First, they created a guide to waste reduction and disposal and, in 2012, they created the Macalester-Groveland Organics Recycling Drop-off Site. Fix It Clinics will help residents repair broken household items to extend life and offer a neighborhood exchange swap.

Type of Organization
Community Organizations, Neighborhoods
Topic Areas:
How to reduce waste and reuse (i.e., packaging reduction, using reusable containers and bags).
What items are recyclable in your community and what new products are made from recycled materials
How to reduce the use of toxic products around the home and how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.
How to use backyard composting as a way to properly manage yard and food waste.

Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative

The New Beginnings program worked with youth to create the Dunk the Junk video and education outreach campaign to reduce junk mail. Partnering with Westwood Church, the girls reached out to the congregation and participated in community outreach.

Type of Organization
Churches / Faith Communities, Schools / Youth
Topic Areas:
How to reduce waste and reuse (i.e., packaging reduction, using reusable containers and bags).
How to reduce the use of toxic products around the home and how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church staff and volunteers created a comprehensive program that reached the congregation using various methods. And, though the project took place several years ago, the congregation continues to incorporate reduce, reuse and recycle into programming.

Type of Organization
Churches / Faith Communities
Topic Areas:
How to reduce waste and reuse (i.e., packaging reduction, using reusable containers and bags).
What items are recyclable in your community and what new products are made from recycled materials
How to reduce the use of toxic products around the home and how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.