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.

Not so good returns

Dear Sam, Reading all the posts on Nextdoor about “porch pirates” stealing peoples’ packages made me wonder about the sustainability […]

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 […]

old ripped towel

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 […]

Pile of stainless steel items

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, […]