Free money AND do good? Listen in to this Barn Raising Moment with Kristin Klemstrud from S.E.E.D. and Cory Buettner from Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop.  S.E.E.D., the Stillwater Eco Empowerment Directive, is a collaboration with the Main Street Independent Business Association and The Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy Board.  Incentives work better than mandates, so the county is offering generous inducements (up to $10,000 per business) to encourage business participation and improvement of recycling and composting efforts. In this Barn Raising Moment, Kristin explains this gem of a program and awards Cory the “Sustainability Leader Award”. Cory, an inspiration to many merchants, has encouraged businesses to look  at their own current habits – while continuing to make a real commitment to improving his own. Cory explains that, as the youngest of 11 in his family, reusing (hand me downs) and reducing waste (clean plate) was instilled in him from an early age. Congratulations, Cory.

Back in the olden days pioneers would gather round to build a barn for their neighbor in an effort to achieve something that couldn’t be done alone. Members of the community volunteered their time and skills to help each other out. In the same way, the Barn Raising Moment on Voices in the Valley brings experts on the air to share their know how with their neighbors. Together, we can build a better life.

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