Sustainability Sam

Each month, Sustainability Sam will answer your questions about how you can be more sustainable. Send your questions to for a chance to be featured in an upcoming response. We also are now offering a monthly (or less) Sustainability Sam email newsletter which will feature sustainability news, resources, events, and more.  Sign up here to never miss an edition of Sustainability Sam.


What To Do About Radon

Dear Sam, I saw a recent Facebook post urging Minneapolis residents to test for radon levels in their homes. Can […]

Sustainable Beauty

Dear Sam,   I’ve just begun hearing a little about sustainable or clean beauty. Can you explain these terms to me? […]

Climate Change Anxiety

Dear Sam, I am terrified about our future on this planet. There are dangerous heat waves, extreme floods, and wildfires […]

Sustainable Decking Materials

Dear Sam,  I’m looking at replacing my deck this Spring and I’m wondering what type of decking material is most sustainable? […]

Solar Options for Renters

Dear Sam, I’m interested in participating in a solar energy program or benefitting from solar energy, but I am a […]

Zero Waste Challenge

Hi Sam, I’ve always heard about these Zero Waste Challenges or other challenges the county puts on, but I’m curious […]

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What to do with old towels?

Dear Sustainability Sam, I have so many bath and hand towels, some dish towels, that are getting  shabby, so I’m gradually replacing […]

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Stainless Steel Recycling

Hi Sam, I have a stainless steel implement that is at the end of its life. But, I’m not sure […]

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Energy Improvements on a Budget

Dear Sustainability Sam,  I would like to make my home more efficient so that I am reducing my energy use […]

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Dead Lawn, What to Do?

Dear Sam, Help!  What can I do to rescue my burned out lawn in this hot, dry summer?Dawn *** Dear […]

Storm Drain Heroes -Become one!

Dear Sustainability Sam, I see these “We protect Minnehaha Creek -Sweep up! Rake up! Pick Up!” signs around the neighborhood, […]

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What to do with Shredded Paper

Update: This Sustainability Sam Q&A was revised on Feb. 24, 2023, with current City of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling […]

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Protect our Creek and Lakes

Dear Sustainability Sam, I love living so close to Minnehaha Creek and the Chain of Lakes, but as I hear […]

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Minneapolis’ Green Zones

Dear Sam, I recently learned that Minneapolis has two “Green Zones.” As I learn about these areas of our city […]

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Packaging Problems

Dear Sustainability Sam, How can I reuse those insulated foil lined bags I receive with grocery deliveries? – Rita **** […]

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An Update on Textile Recycling

Dear Sustainability Sam, I have attended the last two textile waste-focused virtual events. I noticed that the most common question […]

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Sustainability Book Recommendations

Hello Tangletown!  As we approach the long winter months, Sustainability Sam thought we might provide you with a list of […]