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Lafayette Park Earth Week 2019

Celebrating our history and our neighbors and promoting environmental stewardship

Icon with hand holding globeOngoing Activities 


Treasures Table

State employees can bring unneeded household items and take anything they want, need or can use. 

Note: No clothing, no hazardous chemicals or materials, no large items such as furniture or appliances, no cosmetics unless still sealed. Electronic items can be left with name and phone number in case no one takes it by the end.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N. | Lower Level Lobby | April 15-25 


Cellphones for Soldiers

Donate your cellphone, smartphone, or tablet (accessories, too). Cellphones for Soldiers swaps the phones for international calling cards and sends them to our deployed military. They accept any cellphone in any condition (but no state property). 

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N. | Lower Level Lobby, across from the Treasures Table | April 15-25 


Lions Eyewear and Hearing Aid Collection

Donate used eyewear (including reading glasses and sunglasses) and hearing aids for the Lions Eye Health Program and HARP/Hearing Aid Recycling Program. Both will be refurbished and provided to people who need them. 

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N. | Lower Level Lobby, across from the Treasures Table | April 15-25 


Union Gospel Mission Clothing Drive

Donate new or gently used clothing for all sizes and genders to the Union Gospel Mission. Most needed: T-shirts and warm jackets (size 2X or 3X), new socks, underwear (size 30-36), bath towels and toiletries.

Collection bins in lobbies at Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Honsa-Binder Printing  | April 15-25 


Neighborhood Nature Walks

Dress for the weather and get some fresh air and exercise on a walk to Swede Hollow Park (M/W/F) or Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary (T/Th). Approximately two miles round-trip.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road | Leave from the front entrance | Noon-1 p.m. April 22-26 


Organic Earth Day Cafeteria Menu

In honor of Earth Week, our Taher chefs will serve a tasty, organic dish each day of the week

  • Monday — Organic Three Bean and Farmers Fresh Kale with Ham Soup
  • Tuesday — Tacos from our Organic Selection and Organic Tortilla/Chips
  • Wednesday — Thai Chicken over Farmers Fresh Mixed Greens
  • Thursday — BLT (all natural bacon, organic lettuce and farmers fresh tomato) and House Made Mayo on Organic Bread
  • Friday — Organic Burritos with Pico and Rice, choice of Chicken or Beef, Cheese and Sauce

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., cafeterias | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22-26 

Lafayette Park Map

Lafayette Park Photo Map

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Mon., April 22 — Earth Day

30th Annual Lafayette Park Clean-Up! 

Celebrate Earth Day by joining state agency leaders, your colleagues, and your neighbors to pick up litter in the neighborhood around Lafayette Park. Remember its history as a trout-rich creek bed that became the most elite neighborhood in Saint Paul before new railroads and bustling manufacturing made it a center of commerce and — today — a hub of public service! 

Clean-up takes place rain or shine and will be followed by a free lunch provided by Colliers and entertainment by the Lafayette Park Band.

  • Sign in at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, Lobby
  • Lunch and entertainment in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, cafeteria
  • Clean-up 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; free lunch at 1 p.m. 

Tues., April 23 — Reuse and Recycling Day

Fix-it Clinic with free lunch and tours*

Toaster not toasting? Pants need hemming? Bring in broken household goods or clothing and volunteers with repair and mending skills will offer free guidance on how to fix them. Bring any tools, parts and supplies that might help with the job. It’s first come, first served, and you must be able to carry the items in. Even if you don’t need anything fixed, you can enjoy a free lunch and tour, courtesy of the Union Gospel Mission. You’ll hear how the mission has been helping to repair men’s lives through their recovery center.

Union Gospel Mission, 435 University Ave. E.|11 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch at noon) 

Recycling Facility Tour

Ever wonder what happens to your recycled material after you put in the bin? Join us for a tour of Eureka Recycling which processes all the recyclable material for the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Space is limited, so RSVP to amy.waters@state.mn.us.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N. | Leave from the front lobby at 10:30 a.m. (for an 11 a.m. tour) or at noon (for a 12:30 p.m. tour)

E-waste Collection*

TechDump will be on site to collect old electronic items for recycling. Items that can be dropped off for free include: laptop and desk computers, cellphones, tablets, PDAs, keyboards, mice, disk drives, cords and cables. Items not accepted: household appliances, batteries, TVs, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, satellite dishes, microwaves, media (VHS, CDs, etc.), bulbs.

Front Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., lot, far north side | 2-6 p.m.

Secure Shredding*

Reduce your risk and your clutter by bringing your old documents to a free, secure shredding event. 

Note: personal documents only; no business/work documents accepted.

Minnesota Department of Human Services, 444 Lafayette Road, Front Visitor Parking | 1-4 p.m. 


Wed., April 24 — Energy and EV Showcase*

Considering a new vehicle? Want to shrink your carbon footprint? Talk to EV dealers and test drive electric vehicles. Then talk to All Energy Solar, Inc., about powering your vehicle and home with a rooftop solar system. If your home is in a shaded area or you're not ready for the investment of rooftop solar, learn about utility programs to ensure dedicated wind and solar are produced for your home. Already leading a car-free lifestyle? Come learn about some of the latest electric bicycles.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., Front Parking Lot | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 


Thurs., April 25 — Community Fair

Learn about sustainable urban agriculture, sample bread from a zero waste bakery, compete in the waste sort challenge, and document the day in our photo booth, featuring props that have all been repurposed! April 25 is also Bring Your Kids to Work Day, so this will be a family friendly event with plenty of activities for kids, or kids at heart, to do!

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, Cafeteria | 1:30-3:30 p.m. 


Fri., April 26 — Lafayette Park History Tour

Walk in the footsteps of aristocrats and learn about the rich ecological and cultural history of the Lafayette Park area. This walking tour will take approximately one hour and will be outdoors, so dress for the weather. Space is limited, so RSVP to amy.waters@state.mn.us.

Tours being at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. | Meet in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., Lobby

Event Location and Map Indicator

Lafayette Park Location Map

1 Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)

2 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

3 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

4 Union Gospel Mission Chapel

5 Secure Paper Shredding



Day

Event, Location and Map Indicator


Monday

2 Lafayette Park Cleanup 

Starts at DNR Lobby — 500 Lafayette Road

3 Finishes at MPCA Cafeteria — 520 Lafayette Road


Tuesday

4 Fix-it Clinic 

Union Gospel Mission Chapel — 435 University Avenue East

3 E-Waste Collection 

MPCA Parking Area, North End — 530 Lafayette Road

1 Secure Paper Shredding 

DHS Front Visitor Parking Area — 444 Lafayette Road

3 Recycling Facility Tour 

MPCA Lobby — 520 Lafayette Road


Wednesday

3 Energy and Electric Vehicle Showcase 

MPCA Parking Area, North End — 530 Lafayette Road


Thursday

3 Earth Week Fair 

MPCA Cafeteria — 520 Lafayette Road


Friday

3 Lafayette Park History Tours 

MPCA Lobby — 520 Lafayette Road

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