Toolkit for Greener Practices: Showcase of Ideas

Showcase of IdeasThe environment and our quality of life can benefit from preventive strategies, including pollution prevention (source reduction), reuse, recycling and more sustainable approaches to design and resource use. If the ideas showcased in this photo gallery intrigue you, use the Decision Tree to find out if some may be appropriate to your situation. Note: Project summaries and additional photos will be available at a later date.

How can cleanup enhance the environment and avoid creating new pollution sources?

Option 1-1: In-situ treatment

PDF icon Reagent Injection - Source Area

Reagent Injection - Source Area


Option 1-2: Innovative and more efficient remedies

Phytoremediation

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PDF icon Groundwater Treatment through a Restored Wetland

Groundwater Treatment through a Restored Wetland

Groundwater Treatment through a Restored Wetland - location of wetland


Option 1-3: Constructed wetland

PDF icon Anoka Closed Landfill Groundwater Treatment

Anoka Closed Landfill Groundwater Treatment


Option 1-4: Green space development

PDF icon Enhanced or Restored Habitat: Sandhill Crane Natural Area, East Bethel Closed Landfill

Enhanced or Restored Habitat: Sandhill Crane Natural Area, East Bethel Closed Landfill

Enhanced or Restored Habitat: Sandhill Crane Natural Area, East Bethel Closed Landfill

 

PDF icon Natural Resource Damages or Supplemental Environmental Projects: Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific & Natural Area

Natural Resource Damages or Supplemental Environmental Projects: Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific & Natural Area


Option 1-5: Deconstruction

PDF icon Demolition Site

Demolition Site


Option 1-6: Recyclable or recovered environmental material

PDF icon Wood Treatment Plant: Closed Loop System and Cleanup Operation

Wood Treatment Plant: Closed Loop System

Wood Treatment Plant: Closed Loop System and Cleanup Operation


How can preventive or more sustainable approaches bring regulatory and economic benefits to my business?

Option 2-1: Pollution prevention evaluation

PDF icon Manufacturing Production Lines & Material Inputs

Manufacturing Production Lines & Waste Water Treatment Plants

Manufacturing Production Lines & Waste Water Treatment Plants


Option 2-2: Materials exchange

PDF icon Used Utility Poles & Recovered Product; Materials Exchange Brokers

Used Utility Poles; Materials Exchange Brokers

Recovered Product; Materials Exchange Brokers


Option 2-3: Reduce regulatory burden

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Option 2-4: Environmental Management System approaches

PDF icon Pilot Projects with MPCA Assistance

Pilot Projects with MPCA Assistance


Option 2-5: Design for the Environment

PDF icon Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance Workbook

Design for the Environment

Minnesota Office of the Environmental Assistance Workbook


How can I enhance the property value, my bottom line, or community livability by incorporating principles of prevention and sustainability?

Option 3-1: Deconstruction

PDF icon Demolition Site

Demolition Site


Option 3-2: Development plan incorporates cleanup remedy

PDF icon Building Footprint and Grading as a Cap

Building Footprint and Grading as a Cap


Option 3-3: Environmentally friendly building and site design

PDF icon Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center: Sustainable Building Design and Natural Landscaping

Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center

Roof of Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center


Option 3-4: Office and property management

Green Renovations, Non-toxic Janitorial Supplies, Xeriscaping

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Option 3-5: Low/no discharge stormwater management strategies

PDF icon Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center: Native Prairie, Curb-free Filtration Strips, Rooftop Garden

Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center

Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center Parking Lot


Option 3-6: Green space development

PDF icon Expanding Green Space Mitigates Encroaching Development

Enhanced or Restored Habitat: Sandhill Crane Natural Area, East Bethel Closed Landfill

Expanding green space mitigates encroaching development


Option 3-7: Design for the Environment

PDF icon Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance Workbook

Minnesota Office of the Environmental Assistance Workbook