Minot Businesses 'Go Green'

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MINOT, N.D. - Some Minot businesses have been recognized for their efforts to reduce their impact on the environment by taking the sustainable business pledge launched by a local environmental group.

Shopping local already reduces extra packaging and waste, but a few businesses in the Magic City are taking the extra step to go green, thanks to a nudge from the Minot Environmental Policy Group.

"We already do some things that are environmentally friendly like we recycle we reuse single plastics for art projects for kids and things like that. I just thought it would be good for us to push further because it will be better for the community and our environment," said Rachel Alfaro.

To receive the sustainable businesses of Minot certificate, the shops must set at least three goals to meet by Earth Day next year.

"Reduce our paper waste and reduce our electricity usage," Alfaro said.

The Taube Museum of Art is one five organizations in town that are participating
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Alfaro said they also pledged to give recyclable items a second life by repurposing them for art projects.

Tim Baumann, one of the group's founders, said reducing waste is one of the biggest ways to lessen the impact on the environment.

"Whether it's waste, or trash, or water, or electricity, I think individually we all have some room to improve and that reduces the demand we place on our systems and our resources," Baumann said.

Reducing chemical use on lawns, install LED lights and taking recyclables to Kalix are also goal options listed by the group.

Souris River Brewing and Prairie Sky Breads have also earned their certificates.

If you would like your business to earn a sustainable certificate contact environmentminot@gmail.com.