SECIA to kick off “Green Village” initiative April 17


The Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) will kick off its “Green Village” idea to move toward an ecologically sustainable neighborhood on Thursday, April 17, 3–5 p.m., outside the Van Cleve Park building, 901 15th Ave. SE.

The kick-off is in conjunction with the annual Beautiful U Day at the University of Minnesota and precedes Earth Day, April 22.

The Green Village kick-off will include distribution of solar-powered motion-detector lights, at cost, to Como residents, and the start of a bicycle-trailer rental program. A build-it-yourself bike trailer workshop will be held that evening.

There will be information promoting the Xcel Windsource power program, through which residents can purchase wind power. SECIA’s goal is to sign up 25 percent of the 2,376 households in Southeast Como.

Representatives from student and local environmental organizations will distribute information on topics such as climate change and mass transit. Food available will include organic apples, and the event will offer games and activities.

The Green Village idea is “A dream, a vision,” said Justin Eibenholzl, SECIA environmental coordinator. “It’s a novel concept, which takes a holistic view on how to incorporate green or ecological ideas into a community as a whole, including business, industry, and residents.”

For information about the event, visit, or phone 612-676-1731.