Como Green Village MIMO presentation

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An overview presentation that covers the first 2 MIMO (Move-in / Move-out) events in the SE Como neighborhood. This neighborhood free store targets college students during move out periods coinciding with the U of MN academic cycles. MIMO is a waste reduction effort trying to capture re-uasable household goods and direct them to folks moving in. The presentation describes how the store was achieved and what resources were needed to support it.

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Como Green Village MIMO presentation

  1. 1.  SOUTHEAST COMO’S<br />MIMO PROJECT<br />Created by Justin Eibenholzl and Alison Henderson <br />www.comogreenvillage.info<br />
  2. 2. Where is SE Como?<br />Neighborhood just north of University of Minnesota<br />Borders defined by railway to the south, highway 35W to the west, Highway 280 to the east and Hennepin Ave (E.) to the north<br />Home to families, long-term residents and student renters <br />NRP Minneapolis Neighborhood <br />
  3. 3. The Problem<br />Student moving cycles –> piles of usable furniture and garbageleft curbside<br />Nuisance to neighbors<br />Attracts vermin <br />Encourages frequent disposal and purchase vs. reuse<br />No centralized exchange <br />Items rained on = ruined <br />
  4. 4. The Solution<br />Increase frequency of garbage trucks X<br />Allow furniture to decompose curbside X<br />A college friendly furniture exchange program ✓<br />
  5. 5. MIMO<br />
  6. 6. What is MIMO?<br />MIMO= Move In Move Out<br />MIMO= Neighborhood “free store’’ that facilitates the exchange of usable household items<br />MIMO = Biannual event held in September and May at U of M Reuse Warehouse <br />
  7. 7. What can you find at MIMO?<br />
  8. 8. How Did We Do It?<br />Partnerships<br />MPCA supported funding (Pollution Prevention Grant)<br />University of Minnesota Reuse Center provided space and helped with promotion<br />
  9. 9. How Did We Do It?<br />Logistics -- Volunteers <br />Previous SECIA volunteers, service learners, restorative justice, Student Neighborhood Liaisons and community members (incentivized with food, t-shirts and gift cards)<br />Worked 3.5 hour shifts<br />+2 shifts received gift card<br />
  10. 10. How Did We Do It?<br />Logistics -- Transportation<br />-Participants were encouraged to drop off items during hours of operation<br />-Scheduled two pick-up days for donators without transportation <br /> More trucks needed<br />
  11. 11. How Did We Do It?<br />Logistics – Inventory<br />-Inventory sheets tracked address,<br /> weight and description of donation<br />
  12. 12. How Did We Do It?<br />Logistics – Bedbugs (ew)<br />-published list of accepted<br />items; any at-risk items <br />(couches and mattresses) <br />were not accepted <br />
  13. 13. How Did We Do It?<br />Promotion <br />Earth Day Bike Jam <br />Flyering,Doorknocking, Como-tion<br />Tidbits, Facebook, Como Green Blog <br />Star Tribune, MN Daily, Fox 9 News<br />Yard Signs, balloons, banners and billboards <br />
  14. 14.  Success?<br />May/June 2010 <br />Attendance: 510   <br /> <br />Pounds diverted: 4077 <br />August/September 2010<br />Attendance: 912<br />Pounds diverted: 9141<br />
  15. 15. MIMO Totals<br />
  16. 16. Zip Codes <br />People from over 61 zip codes participated in Fall event<br />
  17. 17. Success?<br />Participant Comments<br />This is a great service to the community!<br />This is exactly what I needed!<br />-Amanda<br />Thank you MIMO!<br />Everything is better when it’s free!<br />This is awesome and super helpful! <br />-Sarah<br />MIMO needs a permanent home!! They could also use a truck!! <br />You guys saved my room!<br />
  18. 18. Plans for the Future?<br />Recruit student groups early, such as fraternities, Athletics, etc…, especially for the fall event <br />Increase amount of volunteers for busy days, up to six per shift<br />Rent trucks/ pick-up vehicles and put MIMO magnets on the side designating them as such<br />Investigate hiring additional student workers for fall event<br />Change up schedule of days open and alternate to pick-up days and days the store is open<br />Consider expanding to other neighborhoods?<br />
  19. 19. MIMO<br />A Summary in Photos <br />
  20. 20. Thank You!<br />QUESTIONS?<br />www.comogreenvillage.info<br />

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