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.

E-waste: Knowledge is Power

Hello Sustainability Sammers! I’ve got great news for you this month. Hennepin County has awarded the Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s Environmental […]

Electrify everything?

Dear Sam, I have read that the key to future low-emission energy consumption is to “electrify everything,” but if everyone […]


Sustainable way to play

Dear Sam,   I have a 2 year old and I am having trouble keeping up with the demands of her […]

Environmental Justice: Advocacy in action

Dear Sam, I’ve recently heard some buzz about the Tangletown Neighborhood Association’s Environmental Committee adding environmental justice advocacy to their […]


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 […]