Let's get rid of lawns

by Dale Tennison | Feb 14, 2013
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Summary:

If we use $1 million to eliminate lawns, the fertilizer that runs off to our waterways and the gas isn't burned in lawn mowers, we could have rain gardens, vegetable gardens, flowers, prairie restoration on a yard by yard basis and pay residents in the neighborhoods to do the work, learn valuable skills and have an immediate positive impact on life and the visibility of our city.

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Dale

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Tennison

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St Paul

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United States, MN

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Let's get rid of lawns

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

If we use $1 million to eliminate lawns, the fertilizer that runs off to our waterways and the gas isn't burned in lawn mowers, we could have rain gardens, vegetable gardens, flowers, prairie restoration on a yard by yard basis and pay residents in the neighborhoods to do the work, learn valuable skills and have an immediate positive impact on life and the visibility of our city.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

We have a city of extremes, with perfect grass, manicure lawns and fertilized perfection while some homes have weeds and a lack of care. By changing the structure and appearance of properties, we also have the opportunity to stimulate the economy by hiring and training neighborhood residents to learn valuable skills while eliminating pollutants that end up in our waterways.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

It will be cleaner, with less noise pollution and visibly more diverse than the common lawns we have today. Any gas not burned has a positive impact on the environment and global warming, even if on a very small scale. We need to start small and start in St Paul.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

If St Paul is a model for fundamentally changing the environment surrounding our houses, other cities may be inspired to change their green spaces to a more sustainable community.

apolinario sasam said: Lawns really make a house comfy. - Feed the Children Reviews about this Competition Entry. - 2541 days ago read more >
Jill Alleyne said: I love the idea of making our yards habitat and food for insects, birds and animals, and some nice things for people to eat too! I also ... about this Competition Entry. - 2856 days ago read more >
Sheldon Gitis said: simple and practical idea. - gets rid of dirty, smelly, nasty, noisy lawn mowers and herbicides. - feeds the birds and the bees ... about this Competition Entry. - 2865 days ago read more >
Melissa Hartner said: Great idea! about this Competition Entry. - 2883 days ago read more >

Dale Tennison updated this Competition Entry. - 2894 days ago

Dale Tennison submitted this idea. - 2894 days ago