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Last updated on 5/6/2019

Advocacy

We Won! The efforts we put in along with other grassroots organizations, we aided Saint Paul pass the updated Sustainable To Go ordinance that is going to significantly reduce waste. So YAY!


Every Friday, we're working in an effort to support youth who are advocating #FridaysForFuture, by 1st doing something, no matter how small, to help the environment and also showing solidarity that we are listening.


We're standing behind an agency designation change I've been working on with the MNBoard of Realtors that would add another option, liberating buyers' ability to consider more properties.


Fully supporting and volunteering for efforts made by the Dakota and the city parks to daylight the lower Phalen Creek project and hopefully extend it to the entire Phalen Creek.

Collaboration

Teaming with ZW-St Paul for planning education and outreach events geared toward personal reduction. And we're always interested in new connections and more partners in this area. After a bill passes the real work begins.


Seeking opportunities to work with financial organizations interested in helping the lower and lower-middle classes find ways to advantage new and upcoming zoning laws to fund affordable housing units like ADU's and efficient triplex models as investment property.


Seeking to understand more clearly tax credit contribution funds like S.F. 3301 | H.F. 4072 for developing affordable living, as well as other options like employer matched down payment savings plans.

Growth

Preparing to build a simple and effective digital version of our educational workshop Simple American Dream. Any tech advice, contributions, or assistance toward building this is greatly welcomed and appreciated. (On Hold Due To Funding Shortfalls)


Creating new educational content to inspire simple and humble living as well as providing tools to become successful at living smaller.


Weighing the options of becoming an officially recognized non-profit. 


Due to some budget shorfalls, we're focusing more on the service side of our business, and while we will remain active as advocates for social, economic, and environmental equity, we won't be doing it as much until we build a bigger donor pool. Thank you for your patience. 


And because we already behave like one, we're always in need of funds. Most of what we do is free, and the rest has sliding scale options available. Even applying for the NP status costs money.  Please Donate Today.

More Interests

I've been absorbing some info on solar for residential property. There is a new construction project near Battle Creek that is installing a shared solar array, and I've read takeaways from a few families that have installed a single home version of private solar energy as well. This is something we'll likely be budgeting for at our home in the  coming years.


Keeping open and ongoing conversations alive on the topic of universal basic incomes and/or earned income credit options for raising the floor to a level of guaranteed dignity for all. 


Another exploratory topic  I'm immersing myself in is walkability. My own neighborhood isn't bad and could always be improved further. Some downtown areas in Spain are considering banning cars. This idea beckons me because we used to socialize more before we became so busy and began fighting over parking spaces.



This is list of current projects, and interests, intended to keep you abreast of our activities. Please refer to this page to best understand how we are currently prioritizing our attentions, and its one way we are holding ourselves accountable for productivity. -Inspired by Derek Sivers


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