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sustainability

138 petitions

Started 1 day ago

Petition to St. Paul City Council

Support Sustainable To-Go Packaging in St. Paul

The City of St. Paul currently does not require restaurants and other retail food establishments to utilize sustainable to-go packaging.  As a result, a large portion of the waste in our waste stream is made up of non-recyclable items that once briefly contained food items for immediate consumption.  These items, mostly plastics, have negative effects on our environment (particularly our waterways) and contribute to environmental degradation of our community and beyond.  Minneapolis and St. Louis Park both recently adopted "to-go" food packaging ordinances, and we urge St. Paul to do the same. St. Paul's City Council is meeting on August 2nd to vote on the changes highlighted below (see link for more details).  In an effort to support environmental sustainability, we urge the city to approve of the proposed changes to St. Paul Code of Ordinances Chapter 236 and require the use of compostable, reusable, or recyclable food packaging.  Proposals: "Amend the current ordinance to apply only to food packaging intended for immediate consumption. Provide 1 year between Council adoption and effective date of ordinance. (See Current Draft.) Require the use of compostable, reusable or recyclable food packaging except in cases where there are no commercially available alternatives. The following factors will be used in determining if there are any commercially available alternatives:Availability, Economic consequences, Competitive effects, Regional context (Items for which there are no commercially available alternatives would be considered an “exemption” to the requirement). Establish list of “exemptions” and process for annual review of “exemptions” at time of ordinance adoption. Tie the initiative to existing programs:o Recyclable or compostable will be defined by City’s residential recycling contacts. (This effort will not entail amending the contract.)o Ramsey County BizRecycling program Conduct business outreach and resource fairs during the proposed 1 year implementation period." Source: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food For more information, click here: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food Interested in doing more?  Attend the Sustainable To-Go Packaging Hearing on Wednesday, August 2nd at 5:30pm at St. Paul City Hall (15 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102).  

Victoria Downey
88 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Minneapolis City Council

Legalize Goats in Minneapolis!

In 2009 Minneapolis launched a city-led urban agriculture plan "Homegrown Minneapolis". Though we've made great strides as a city towards building a more local and equitable food system, we still have serious work to do. Legalizing goats is the next step we must take! Its not a revolutionary idea, and its not simply a joke. Seattle, Denver, Portland, San Diego, Baltimore and even Saint Paul, are some of the major U.S. cities that already allow residents to legally raise goats in the city limits (with reasonable restrictions of course). Other cities are following suit -- but not Minneapolis. In fact, as far back as April 2011, members of the Minneapolis Zoning and Planning Committee voted  4-2 to remove a provision that would simply study the impacts of hoofed animals as part of the city’s urban agriculture policy plan.  In 2013, progressive changes came to a number of the City Council seats, and despite the Council Member who championed that 2011 vote being gone, no additional action was taken for a pathway to legalizing goats in the city. This year, the Minneapolis Park Board started using goat to combat invasive species. Let's make the next step! Let's allow residents to safely raise goats as companions and sources of dairy. On November 7th, 2017 Minneapolis residents have the chance to elect a new pro-goat Council and Mayor. We demand they take us seriously. Make Minneapolis the next major city to legalize goats! Sign our petition to let your voice be "herd"! *Find out who represents you now in City Council here and contact them!  There are also lots of new candidates running that you should find out where they stand!  

Minneapolis Alliance for Goats
58 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Committee of Public Safety, Committee of Human Services, Mike Gipson, Committee of Human, Youth law center

Right to Internet access in Juvenile Facilities - The Bill AB 811

Earlier this year, Democrat Assemblymember Mike Gipson introduced legislation that would mandate "reasonable access to computer technology and the internet" for kids in juvenile detention programs and foster care. Access to the internet would be listed on the bills of rights for youth in these state programs. Existing rights include a safe environment, health care, freedom of religion and access to a lawyer. The bill, AB 811, would limit internet use and computer technology in detention facilities -- allowing it to be used only for educational purposes and to keep in touch with family and supportive adults. Probation officers could adopt further policies restricting the use. In 2016, the United Nations officially declared access to the internet a basic human right, noting its role "as a driving force in accelerating progress towards development in its various forms." Many teens are placed in locations far from their homes and families, making availability of electronic communication to maintain supportive relationships even more important, this Bill has recently been supported by Facebook saying that the bill would "appropriately modernize" the resources available for youth to successfully reintegrate with society. The bill goes before Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Human Services this week. A spokesperson for Gipson's office said no other tech company has sent support for this bill. I urge all to sign this petition, as it provides support towards the bill that could provide those who have been stripped from their freedom at such a young age (for understandable reasons) to a basic human right.

Salma Soliman
8 supporters