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Going green is good for Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls Green Project celebrates one year
Discuss green issues at Plain Green 09
Sioux Falls Green Project Board of Directors
Sioux Falls Green Project Founding Sponsors
Green Tips

Going green is good for Sioux Falls

By Amy Smolik
Marketing & Communications Manager

With Earth Day being observed this month, as well as the one-year anniversary of the Sioux Falls Green Project, going green is getting attention and gaining momentum in Sioux Falls: The City of Sioux Falls hired a Sustainability Coordinator to help guide the city's efforts in being a leader in green practices and technology.

The South Dakota Lions Eye Bank is building a new, "green" building as part of its Chamber-approved Community Appeals campaign (see related story in this issue).

Several businesses observed Earth Hour, held March 28, by turning off or dimming their lights for one hour.

The Sioux Falls Convention Center has implemented several green practices in its facility, including: the use of green cleaning detergents for all surfaces; installed energy-efficient hand towel dispensers for restrooms with recycled paper in those dispensers; installed Sloan UpperCut dual-flush levers for restroom toilets, which use 40 percent less water than standard flush levers and are manually operated by the user and no longer use battery-operated sensors, to name just a few.

The Sioux Falls Arena catering and concessions department is polystyrene foam free. The department continues to work on green initiatives, such as purchasing locally produced and sustainably raised products, using non-petroleum-based products, and recycling waste whenever possible. The Arena has also adopted a "single stream" recycling program.

All paper, plastic, glass, cardboard, metal and other recyclables can be placed in the same recycling cart. In 2007, the Sioux Falls Arena recycled 22 percent of its waste stream, which translates to 26 tons of trash being diverted from the landfill.

These are just examples of local efforts to green Sioux Falls. Being "green" isn't a fad; it appears Sioux Falls is embracing this movement. Log on to to learn more about how to be greener at home and at work.

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Discuss green issues at Plain Green 09

By Amy Smolik
Marketing & Communications Manager

Several area businesses are partnering to hold the second Plain Green Conference April 17 at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science.
The symposium will bring together professionals, government officials, students and the general public to discuss and address current issues in sustainability and green communities.

Stacey McMahan with Koch Hazard Architects said the Plain Green concept was developed to allow interested people a chance to get together and to have a green symposium. Koch Hazard Architects contacted South Dakota State University and together they worked on program that included a variety of green topics, many of which related to design and construction. The first conference was held last fall with more than 240 attendees, including 60 students.
"We'd like to grow this event large enough that we have to have it at the Great Hall," McMahan said. "We tried to find programs that appeal to people and help educate them about green living."

Go green with brands that use nontoxic, natural ingredients like grain alcohol and coconut or plant oils. Or make your own:

  • To kill bacteria, mold and viruses, use white vinegar.
  • The best way to kill food-borne pathogens on counters and cutting boards is still hot, soapy water.
  • Scrub sinks, tubs and counters with a paste of baking soda and water.
  • Clean glass with water and one-quarter cup white vinegar or one tablespoon lemon juice.
  • Polish wood with a mixture of one teaspoon of olive oil and one-half cup of white vinegar.your energy bill.

This year's conference features several pre-conference workshops that will take place April 16 at the Museum of Visual Materials, Cherapa Place and the Pavilion. The pre-conference workshop topics include: green homes, LEED NC Technical Workshop, greenscapes, Sioux Falls Green Project conversations, Glacial Lakes Permaculture.
Topics at the conference include: cool buildings for a cooler planet, local foods, architecture and environment, urban environment, EnergyStar inspection, Sioux Falls Arboretum: The Vision in Green, and designing a more resilient future. Conference registration is $75 at the door and $25 for students. Register for the conference or view the conference schedule at

For more information, contact Stacey McMahan at Koch Hazard Architects at (605) 336-3718, or Jane Hegland at SDSU at (605) 688-4000.

Sponsors include: Koch Hazard Architects, SDSU College of Family and Consumer Sciences Helen Van Zante Endowment, Blend Interactive, Inc., Howalt-McDowell Insurance, Inc., Lawrence & Schiller, Associated Consulting Engineering Inc., O'Connor Company, South Dakota Interior Designers, Jasper Stone Company, and SMG/Sioux Falls Arena.

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Sioux Falls Green Project celebrates one year

By Amy Smolik
Marketing & Communications Manager

Sioux Falls Green Project

The Sioux Falls Green Project was born out of conversations by green-minded individuals who wanted to educate and inspire the Sioux Falls community to build a greener future.

The Green Project celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. In the last year, the group has launched a website,, and partnered with other organizations to help educate the community about the project and living greener. The website gives people "how-to" tips about living greener at home, work and school. It also has a forum for people to ask questions and have discussions about living greener.

"It's so much fun to see how excited people are about this project. It's our job now to uncover and nourish all the little and big green things that are bubbling up all over the community, by connecting and helping the people with passion and commitment to change," said Joe Bartmann, the project's executive director.
From the beginning there has been a true public/private partnership, organizers say. The project has 13 founding partners and each has committed financial or in-kind contributions for the for the first two years to get the organization up and running. Most recently, the project has been incorporated as a non-profit organization with a board of directors and is formalizing how to get the community involved. Board of Directors Chair Stacey McMahan, Koch Hazard Architects, said additional sponsors will be solicited to sustain funding after those two years are complete.

"What was surprising was how much support we received," McMahan said. "We surpassed our internal goals. There is still so much to do and so many potential projects. We're still in the process of getting everything organized."

Sioux Falls Green Project
Board of Directors
Chair Stacey McMahan, Koch Hazard Architects
Chair-Elect Natalie Eisenberg, Lawrence & Schiller
Secretary Jeff Hazard, Koch Hazard Architects
Jeff Scherschligt, Howalt-McDowell Insurance
Jim Clark, Xcel Energy
Stephanie Gongopoulos, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls
Ryan Snell, Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith PC
Larry Canfield, Canfield Business Interiors
Sioux Falls Green Project
Founding Sponsors

Koch Hazard Architects
Millennium Recycling Inc.
Howalt-McDowell Insurance, Inc.
Novak Sanitary Services
Howe Heating & Plumbing Inc.
Lawrence & Schiller
The First National Bank in Sioux Falls
Canfield Business Interiors
Xcel Energy
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
      Forward Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls School District
KELO Television

The first year has been getting the word out that "green is good," Bartmann said. He hopes to use three vehicles to reach people in the next year and measure success for the community: at home, at businesses and in schools. At home, people can participate by signing a pledge to do their part. At the business level, businesses can participate in a green challenge and participating businesses will be recognized for reaching milestones. In schools, they hope to create student clubs to help students learn about sustainability and design a project they'll lead.

To prove the Green Project is making progress, Bartmann wants to work with the community to make a list of measurable goals and get a baseline and then continuing to measure those goals each year.

Bartmann said the green movement is full of opportunities for Sioux Falls, from economic to cultural to social.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our whole community — lifting up people and businesses, shifting our economy with the world, building better buildings and neighborhoods, making and buying better products, reconnecting with nature, growing healthier kids and families, telling the world about Sioux Falls and South Dakota," he said. "There's lots brewing, we're just trying to host the movement."

Bartmann is hosting a discussion about the Sioux Falls Green Project at the Plain Green 09 Conference (see related story on this page) at a pre-conference session April 16. For more information about the Sioux Falls Green Project, go to

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Green Tips

Which option is better for
the environment?

Matches or Lighter? Matches.
Plastic Bottle or Aluminum Can? Aluminum Can.
Microwave or Stove? Microwave.
Dishwasher or Sink? Dishwasher (when full).
Wool or Cotton? Cotton.
Email or Greeting Card? Email.
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop.
Planes or Trains? Trains.
Local Foods or Organics? Local Foods.
Treadmill or Elliptical? Elliptical.

Clean It.
Replace or clean your furnace's air filter at least twice in the winter. Keep radiators dust free and clear of furniture or clutter.
Bring in the houseplants; they add humidity to the air, making it feel warmer.

Cover It.
Block drafts. A leak around a door or window can be the equivalent of removing a brick from the side of your house and letting the wind blow through. Replace old weather stripping and caulking. Install storm doors and windows.

Close it.
Close off vents in rooms you don't use.
If you have a fireplace, close the damper tightly when it's not in use. Shut your shades and curtains at night; keep them open on sunny days.

Cut It.
Turn your thermostat down to where you feel comfortable in a sweater.Decrease the temperature of your water heater. Turn down the temp at night and when you're out. A five-degree reduction for an eight-hour time period can save up to 12 percent on

Prep your home for the summer:

Avoid the draft.
Draft proof your home or apartment. It's not only easy, you can help eliminate up to 10 percent of your home's heat loss. Replacing old caulk around windows, adding weather-stripping or a door sweep to a door, and even adding window coverings such as curtains can help retain heat in the winter and cool air in the summer.

The clear solution.
In the winter, seal windows with clear plastic, to eliminate draft and keep heat indoors. If it's a seldom-used window, you can keep this plastic covering up year-round.

Insulate yourself.
If you're a homeowner, look for places, particularly in exterior walls, basements and attics, where you can add insulation. Not only are there multiple types to choose from, many are eco-friendly. Go for the highest R-value; typically, the bigger the number, the better the insulation.

At your service.
Part of keeping your carbon footprint and utility bills down is a properly maintained furnace and air conditioner. Have each checked annually to make sure they're running properly and not wasting energy.

Be more efficient.
Consider replacing old, inefficient appliances with new Energy Star qualified appliances that can also earn you up to $1,500 in federal tax credits.

Source: Sioux Falls Green Project

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