The map that every green-oriented resident of Minneapolis has been waiting for is out.

Reprinted from MinnPost

As the city rolls out its curbside organics recycling system, it is only able to serve about a quarter of the city in Phase 1. Those are the residents who can begin putting organics in new bins for regular city collection starting in August. The map released this morning shows those areas in green.  See more:

You can see the map on MinnPost…sadly Kingfield will have to wait until 2016. Boo! 


The Redevelopment Committee of KFNA will meet at 7 PM, Tuesday March 17 to review history and proposed plans for development for 15 West 37th street (behind Butter Bakery Cafe and Nicollet Square).  The meeting will be held at MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave S.

The community to welcome to attend, just please email KFNA at to make sure we have seats and materials available.


Community solar gardens have quickly become a hot topic among Minneapolis Neighborhoods.On April 30th, the City of Minneapolis and the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team will host a free workshop for up to 2 participants from each Minneapolis neighborhood to learn about community solar gardens. This workshop will provide learning opportunities for participants at all levels of understanding and will include the following topics:

  • Basic information on Xcel Energys solar garden program
  • Roles that neighborhoods can play
  • How to make smart decisions that reflect each neighborhoods goals and priorities.
  • Resources available for more information

Time and Location:
Thursday, April 30th
Mayflower Church, 106 East Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55419.

Each neighborhood is allowed to register up to two participants. Space is limited to80 attendeesand registration will happen on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is online at is due by Friday, April 10th.

Choosing Participants:
Ideal participants are individuals who can represent their neighborhoods goals and priorities, and who will be able to bring what theyve learned back to their organization and community. Participants can be board members, association staff, or passionate residents. It will be up to each neighborhood organization to choose two participants to represent their neighborhood.

If you live in Kingfield Neighborhood and are interested in representing your neighborhood at this workshop contact ASAP–we hope to select representatives at the KFNA Board meeting on 3/11/15.

If you live in another neighborhood please contact your association for their election process. If you have questions on the workshop contactTrevor Drake, Project Coordinator,; or Gayle Prest, Minneapolis Sustainability Office Director,




Although the current temperatures are freezing, plans for the 2015 Kingfield Pleasant Community Garden are HEATING UP!!

For people who like to garden but don’t have space or sunlight of their own, now is the time to get your plotapplicationin! Spots are limited, and in very high demand.

Applications are due Tuesday, March 17. More information and applications are available here!



This FREE 5-week class series on vegetable growing is offered by the U of M Master Gardener Program Hennepin County in collaboration with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and the Kingfield Neighborhood Association.

Classes are on Tuesdays, 6:30 8:00 pm. Dates are April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5.
Topics to be covered:
How to start, design, plant and maintain a garden
Info on popular vegetables
How to harvest

Classes will be held in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Building at 4055 Nicollet Avenue.
Plan on attending all five classes.
Class participants may access communal gardening space at the park to grow vegetables.
Optional add on classes on preserving your harvest by freezing, drying, fermenting, canning.

To register, go to call 612-370-4908

El programa de Jardineria Maestra de la Universidad de Minnesota

5 clases GRATIS en jardineria horticultural (vegetales).
Las clases sern en el Jardn Comunitario de Sabathani, 310 East38th Street, Minneapolis.

Las clases sern los viernes de las 6:00 hasta las 8:00 de la tarde.
Lame al 612-‐547-‐6910 para registrarse.

Printed via the Minneapolis 8th Ward Council Newsletter.  

The new Clean Energy Partnership Board will hold its first meeting in February. This first-of-its-kind City-utility partnership will have the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its clean energy goals, including making energy more affordable and reliable for everyone while increasing energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases. 

The first board meeting will be 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4. The board members are Mayor Betsy Hodges, City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, City Council Member Kevin Reich and City Coordinator Spencer Cronk for the City of Minneapolis; Laura McCarten, Regional Vice President, and Lee Gabler, Director of Demand-side Management and Renewable Operations for Xcel Energy; and Joe Vortherms, Vice President of Gas Operations, and Jeff Daugherty, Director of Regulatory Affairs, for CenterPoint Energy. City Council Member Cam Gordon is an alternate for the City of Minneapolis.

At this first quarterly meeting, along with setting its schedule and adopting bylaws, the board will also establish an Energy Vision Advisory Committee. The board will begin accepting applications from the public for the committee in the weeks following this first board meeting, so look for more information on this opportunity. The Energy Vision Advisory Committee will provide feedback on the board’s work plan and performance reports, and provide expertise or represent their Minneapolis communities.

You can find more information about the Clean Energy Board, and follow its progress, here.

Residents now have a black cart for garbage and a blue one for recycling; organics will be collected in green carts. Any organics from the home can be put in the green cart for pickup on the same day as garbage. Customers must opt in for this service and will be invited to sign up starting in April. But people don’t have to wait; any Minneapolis Solid Waste customer can sign up now. Service will be available to 25 percent of customers in August, and the rest will roll out in spring 2016. The early sign-up gives the City time to order carts and plan the routes. Neighbors, sign up now! Although the roll-out plan by neighborhood is not yet settled, lots of people expressing interest and a commitment will allow the City to leverage more money to support this new program!

The carts will be distributed only to customers who opt in. To get a green organics collection bin, Minneapolis recycling customers can request one at or by calling 612-673-2917.

For more information about what can be composted in this new program, go to this website:

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