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Tips to make moving easier on you and the planet

Planting the Via Sol Urban Forest

The opening day for Via Sol is right around the corner! In preparation for our new residents and others moving soon, read below for tips on making the move easier on you and the planet.

Apply today to join this healthy, sustainable, art-filled community! Or, contact our management team with Roers.

Happy learning and happy living!


The PLACE Team:

Chris Velasco Elizabeth Bowling Alice Hiniker Todd Bagby

The Move

Moving can be stressful. Here are some tips to help make it easier on you and the planet.

Pause before you throw anything away!

Packing often involves getting rid of stuff. Before you throw anything away, ask yourself…

  • Can this be repurposed?

  • Explore these fun DIY repurpose ideas.

  • Planning on buying new things with a new home? What do you already have that can fill that need?

  • Can this be donated?

  • Consider a local organization like STEP, Goodwill,or a neighbor.

  • Donate clothes, shoes, dishes, kitchenware, furniture, tools, food, toys, games, and other still functional items.

  • Can this be recycled?

  • Is it a regular household item accepted by Hennepin County recycling (paper, cartons, glass, plastic, metal cans)?

  • Or, something else that could be recycled at a drop-off (electronics, clothing & linens, metal, plastic bags, batteries)?

  • Old medicines?

  • Find a Hennepin County medicine drop-off or check with your local pharmacy.

  • Absolutely needs to be thrown out?

  • Check out Hennepin County Green Disposal Guide.

  • Avoid bringing hazardous chemicals into your new, healthy home!

  • Check out Hennepin County guide on identifying and reducing hazardous household chemicals.

  • Via Sol’s designers searched far and wide for nontoxic materials. Help keep your indoor air healthy with nontoxic cleaning supplies.

Reuse boxes & packing materials!

Don’t get new cardboard boxes that are expensive to your wallet and to the environment.

  • Use boxes and packing materials from deliveries.

  • Ask your co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family for boxes (cardboard and reusable).

  • Find resusable moving crates and used cardboard boxes by searching for “boxes” in the Hennepin County Choose to Reuse Directory.

  • Instead of buying packing material, use your towels, blankets, clothing, or newspaper.

  • If you do buy packing materials, choose starch-based peanuts that break down in water. Avoid buying single-use plastic.

  • Using a moving company? Ask them to use reusable boxes, and reusable or non-plastic packing material.

The New Home

New home, new opportunities for a healthy sanctuary.

Starting out on the right foot for you and the planet!

As you assess what new items you need for your new home consider options that are healthy for you and the planet.

  • Less-toxic cleaning supplies

  • Use less-toxic cleaning supplies, which are healthier and more affordable.

  • Check out Hennepin County green cleaning recipes

  • Need light bulbs?

  • Consider LEDs to lower your utility bill and reduce how frequently you replace the bulb.

  • Need other items?

  • Buy used from local thrift stores, Goodwill, or the ReStore.

Clear out the waste properly!

In your new home and ready to purge the debris? Time to recycle!

  • Via Sol and all residents in Hennepin County have access to recycling!

  • Regular household items accepted by Hennepin County recycling (paper, cartons, glass, plastic, metal cans).

  • Other items that could be recycled at a drop-off (electronics, clothing & linens, metal, plastic bags, batteries).

  • What about food waste and organics?

  • First, avoid wasting food by following Hennepin County tips for creating meals, not waste.

  • Via Sol offers compost collection, so you can help feed gardens in the Twin Cities! Each participating Via Sol household gets a free kitchen compost collection container and compostable bags, courtesy of Hennepin County!

  • Hennepin County guide on what can be composted

  • A portion of Via Sol’s Urban Forest topsoil comes from St. Louis Park compost. Thank you neighbors for feeding our trees and native plantings, which are open to the community!

  • Each Via Sol refrigerator has a handy guide magnet to help you sort your recycling and organics. No plastic bags in regular recycling or the organics, so please take them to your local grocery store for recycling.

Resources for Healthier, More Sustainable Moving

Join the Healthy, Sustainable, Art-Filled Via Sol Community!

Are you interested in living in a healthy, sustainable, art-filled community adjacent to the Cedar Lake Trail and future Wooddale Light Rail Station in St. Louis Park? Apply today to reserve your favorite Via Sol apartment or live work suite for creatives.

Are you a creative interested in extra floor space, extra ceiling height, and extra natural light in a community of other creatives? Learn more about Via Sol’s live/work for creatives here.

The management team is now scheduling virtual tours for those interested in living at Via Sol and seeing the apartments. Contact them to join an upcoming opportunity. Check out the floor plans here too.

Did you fill out a pre-application? Fill out the full application here for joining the Via Sol community!

Via Sol

PLACE’s Via Sol community, a sustainable, transit-oriented community in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, producing its own food and energy, filled with art and imagination, offering healthy apartments and live/work space to households across the income spectrum.

Via Sol is currently under construction and expected to open in late July 2022. Applications are now being accepted. For more information:

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Call (612) 712-3649

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