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Public Works/Engineering: The Public Works Department ensures that the city water is safe, streets are cleared of ice and snow, and traffic signals are maintained.

“Drop by Drop” Water Conservation Guide: The guide, provided by the City of Bemidji, teaches people how to conserve water. With a "how-to-guide," they make conserving  water a simple process.

Waste Water Treatment Facility: The City of Bemidji operates a Waste Water Treatment Facility designed to treat municipal waste water.

Paul Bunyan Transit: Paul Bunyan Transit is the most reliable and economic way to get anywhere is town. They offer bus passes and a 'dial-a-ride' service, and a general fee for daily uses.

Mayor’s Climate Change Commitment: The City of Bemidji, along with others, signed the commitment stating that they want to strive to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets in their own community, urge state and federal governments to enact environmental sound policies, and to urge Congress to pass the bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation.

Local Environmental Initiatives/Issues

Companies/Organizations

  • Harmony Food Coop
  • Headwaters Science Center
  • Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Biohaus at Concordia Language Villages
  • Sunrise Foods Is located at 802 Paul Bunyan Dr S, Bemidji, MN. It is a organic food and craft store that caters to a variety of needs. For more information stop by or contact them at (218) 751-9005
  • Good Will is a great place to support a local community. Everything is second hand. For more information about the Bemidji Goodwill, call (218) 759-2147
  • Twice But Nice is a consignment shop located at 411 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN. For more information please stop by or call (218) 751-4241. Twice but Nice has a variety of fantastic fashion for less. Also, used clothing and goods are a great way to be sustainable.
  • TKs Closet is also a consignment shop located at 217 3rd St NW, Bemidji, MN, they also have a great selection of previously owned apparel. For more information call them at (218) 444-8406
  • 7th Generation is an ecological concept that urges the current generation of humans to live sustainably and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future."

    In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation... even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine."

    —Great Law of the Iroquois

    Though the name has a thicker meaning, it is also the name of a product line that specializes in earth friendly products.

  • Habitat Restore is The ReStore is a surplus and re-use store that accepts and sells new and gently used building materials, appliances, and furniture dontated from individuals, contractors and suppliers. Profits generated by the ReStore go toward building Habitat for Humanity homes right here in Beltrami and Clearwater counties- furthering to eliminate poverty housing.

  • Kat's Book Nook is a used book store that started in 2010. For more information, call (218) 497-101

"We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy -sun, wind and tide. ... I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
~ Thomas Edison to Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone (1931)