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MN Green Star: Going Green for the Future

WHO WE ARE

MN Green Star is a group of concerned citizens who advocate green living. We believe that the principles of green living can help us save our future. We help promote the best practices of green living – from simple things that we do at home to building green homes and remodeling homes to be greener. No act is too small when it comes to protecting our environment.

MN Green Star is composed of businessmen from the construction industry, corporations, academe, students, and concerned individuals who want to make a change. We have seen how our current practices are hurting the environment and compromising our children’s future. That is why we are compelled to do something now.

WHAT WE DO

MN Green Star is active in community education. We educate homeowners and community members about the principles of green living. We stress the importance and benefits of reducing their energy consumption and aim for energy efficiency in their homes. We also educate them about resource efficiency and to use only what is essential in the construction, renovation, and maintenance of their homes. We tell them about the importance of water conservation and together, we think of different ways to maximize the use of water in and out of the house. For example, the water that they use in cleaning their cars can also be used for cleaning their garage doors in Missouri. The principles of green living also cover maintaining a healthy indoor environmental quality and being mindful of the site and community impact of home construction.

MN Green Star is active in research and development. We think of ways to make our homes sustainable and environment-friendly. We disseminate the information that we get from our studies to encourage other members of the community to help us in promoting green living.

WHO WE SERVE

MN Green Star serves the community members. We advocate green living and teach homeowners about its principles so that they can reap its benefits – both in the present and in the future. We are encouraging green practices because they offer great rewards and return on investment, return on health, return on the quality of life, return on the environment, and return on their children’s future. Seeing these rewards, we can see that it is really the community members and homeowners themselves who stand to gain from these practices.

WHO CAN JOIN US

MN Green Star encourages everyone to participate in this advocacy. Those who can join us are those willing to live green and live smarter. Those who can join us are those who consider themselves eco-warriors. Those who can join us are those who want to save the future.

HOW CAN WE HELP

MN Green Star is in need of volunteers who can share their time, knowledge, and expertise with us. We also need donors so that we can continue to fund our community programs. We need sponsors for our events. For those who want to partner with us, kindly get in touch with us and let us all work together to save our future.

Affordable Green Housing for the Urban Poor: A Challenge

Poor households could not afford to buy their own homes because of rising land and house prices, especially in the cities. There are also issues regarding the lack of low-cost alternatives to home ownership and unaffordable financing loans. But the reality is the government cannot solve the housing problem on its own. It is a good thing that non-government organizations, humanitarian organizations, and even private companies have now become involved in providing housing for the poor. Implementing a housing program is not simple. There are many things to be considered such as the physical structures, economic variables, social relations and political aspects. Amidst the consolidated efforts of the government, non-government organizations, private companies, and humanitarian organizations, why is there still a growing number of homeless people in the streets? How effective are the housing programs in solving the problem of homelessness in our country?

The increase in the number of homeless persons in the streets and other hazardous areas was a consequence of the failure of the society to provide affordable housing for the growing number of poor families in our cities. These homeless people face dangers every day that they are out there in the streets. Their health is constantly at risk in this kind of unlivable environment. Given the choice, who would not want to live in a decent, safer and cleaner community? If the poor are given affordable alternatives for housing, they will not live in the streets. But the reality is that they just cannot afford the formal housing currently available in the market especially now that all prices are increasing – basic commodities, fare, and other basic needs.

This is the challenge that we are facing now. How can we provide affordable housing for the poor? And while we are at it, let us think of ways on how to make durable houses that are affordable and at the same time, friendly to the environment. We are sure that there are creative and innovative minds out there who can help us provide a solution to this problem.

Why Volunteer at MN Greenstar

Why Should You Volunteer at MN Green Star?

We encourage all those who have the passion for our cause, who can afford to spend their time with us, and those with the knowledge, experience, and expertise in the different fields where MN Green Star operates to come and join us in our mission. There are no monetary rewards but we assure you that the experience itself is fulfilling, productive, and will help you become a better version of yourself.

What is volunteerism?

The gift of self – these words capture the essence of being a volunteer, idealistically speaking. Volunteering is primarily a helping act wherein a person gives a part of himself to others without expecting anything in return.

What is the value of volunteerism?

Volunteerism has an important role in the civil society. It helps us gain a sense of community and facilitates participation in the development process. Historical accounts both here and abroad testify to the power of volunteerism across diverse settings in different generations. After World War II, voluntary efforts were concentrated heavily on welfare, relief and reconstruction work. Through the passing of time, volunteering covered various areas among other fields – from the military, advocacy, rehabilitation, education, to health care services and environmental protection; tackling numerous issues; involving professionals and non-professionals alike, the youth and the matured generation.

There are many things that need changing that can only be addressed by the community working together. True enough, with the different issues and challenges that we are facing, we need more people who can give their skills, time and energy to help improve our conditions. Everyone is encouraged to be involved. We can all help make this world a better place to live in by sharing our talents, skills, and resources to those who are in need. Let us do our part in nation building and community development.

Community Involvement

Community Involvement Determines Success of Community Programs

Studies show that the involvement of the community has been one of the key success factors in determining the success of community programs and projects. That is why MN Green Star stresses the importance of the integration of the community in the whole innovation process. We want to work with communities in spreading awareness about green architecture, sustainable construction materials, and principles of green building. The community members are the homeowners whom we hope to encourage to support and participate in our green initiatives since they are the consumers. Without their support, then our community programs will not be successful. That is why all of us here at MN Green Star believe that community involvement determines the success of our community programs. No matter how good we are in research and development or in giving seminars, that will all amount to nothing without the participation and involvement of the community members. We want to engage homeowners in a healthy discussion so that they can be made aware of the benefits of green architecture and ultimately about green living. We want to provide them with proper knowledge about the principles of green building which concerns resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environmental quality, and site and community impact. With knowledge comes informed choices and we are hoping that they will make the smart choice of going green. After all, it is the homeowners and community members who will ultimately benefit from this endeavor. When they practice the principles of green living, they will reap a return on investment, return on health, return on the quality of life, return on the environment, and return on their children’s future. These may be simple practices at home and in the community but the rewards are huge and long-lasting. We need to act now before it is too late.