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Grants for going green

​Two organizations in Dakota County have been awarded funding through the Community POWER (Partners on Waste Education and Reduction) program for projects that will innovatively educate and engage residents in composting, reducing waste and properly disposing of hazardous waste.

  • All Star Academy, Burnsville, will train immigrant-refugee volunteers in Dakota County to educate 400 residents in their communities to reduce waste, use alternatives to toxic materials and maintain a healthy environment.
  • YMCA of Eagan will teach middle and high school YMCA Leaders Club students about the benefits of composting and the steps to create and manage composting bins. By having the students present the information to their peers and families, the YMCA hopes to educate at least 250 youth and adults.

The Community POWER program is funded by the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board, a joint powers board comprised of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties. Since 2001, more than 160 schools, churches, neighborhood groups and non-profit organizations have participated in the program, teaching thousands of residents to reduce waste and recycle more. For the 2013–2014 grant round, the SWMCB awarded $128,000 to 17 non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities metro area.

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