How Cities Can Manage Climate Change

The Future City and Climate: What We Can Do About the Heat   When we talk about climate change, people sort themselves into tribes: the deniers, the skeptics, the technocratic…  Read More

Backyard Conservation

Blooming Bee Lawns and Raingardens   Concrete jungle. Urban sprawl. Megalopolis. Cities would seem to be the bane of all that is green and natural. Yet the urban landscape—that densely…  Read More

Blue Thumb Recognizes 2016 Minnesota State Fair Volunteers

This year’s Minnesota State Fair drew record breaking crowds totaling 1,943,719 visitors over 12 days and many of them visited the Blue Thumb interactive displays that were part of the Eco Experience. Our thanks go to all the volunteers who helped make it happen. Here’s a recap.

Raingardens in Rochester

What’s big, beautiful, green, and half-priced? No, not watermelons on sale after July fourth. Well, maybe. But I’m talking about raingardens subsidized by cities, counties, and watershed management organizations. Shallow…  Read More

Putting the Garden to Bed

It used to be standard practice for farmers to till their fields after harvest; a black canvas to be painted white by snow before turning green again in the spring.…  Read More