Water takes center stage at Minnesota Idea OpenGet your best thinking out of the shower and into the open – the Minnesota Idea Open, that is.
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
Get your best thinking out of the shower and into the open – the Minnesota Idea Open, that is. Beginning this week, Minnesotans can go online at www.MNIdeaOpen.org
All Minnesotans can be part of the solution by submitting ideas for how their communities could use the awarded funds to help solve water issues, including pollution, contamination and its diminishing supply. Expert judges will narrow the ideas to three finalists and then every Minnesotan can vote for their favorite solution. The Idea Open will fund $15,000 to the “Champion” idea to make that idea a reality.
“Here in the ‘land of 10,000 lakes,’ we really value the quality of our water,” said Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO of Minnesota Community Foundation. “It is exciting to be able to bring attention to the issue of water quality and inspire each other to develop solutions to that quality for future generations.”
Visitors to www.MNIdeaOpen.org
The Minnesota Idea Open is a project of Minnesota Community Foundation with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Challenge II Lead Partner is Pentair
“We recognize the Minnesota Idea Open as an effective platform to engage Minnesotans in civic matters. We’re particularly excited to support Challenge II and see our fellow Minnesotans’ best thinking on sustainable water conservation and clean water solutions,” said Todd Gleason, vice president of strategy and marketing for Pentair. “Often the simplest ideas garner the strongest, most meaningful returns.”
Challenge II: Facts to Keep in Mind when Addressing Water Issues
--According to the University of Minnesota Extension, the average Minnesotan household uses as much as 30-60 gallons of water each time they shower, 30-50 gallons every time they run a washing machine, and 6-8 gallons each time they flush a toilet. Leaky faucets and running toilets inside our homes only compound the problem.
--Water contamination and consumption pose a major challenge for farmers in Minnesota. In each growing season, corn requires 54 gallons of water per plant, tomatoes require 35 gallons, and potatoes require 25 gallons. Water issues are especially crucial in Minnesota because agriculture plays a large role in our economy.
--Pollution of our water, the introduction of invasive species, and the drying up of streams and rivers may limit the continued recreational use of our lakes.
Imaginative entries with real-life applications are encouraged – no matter how small or how broad the solution.
Idea submissions will be accepted through Friday, July 15. The three finalists will be announced on Saturday, August 6. Voting on the finalists will take place Tuesday, August 23 – Monday, September 5, in conjunction with the Minnesota State Fair. The Challenge Champion will be announced on Tuesday, September 6.
Minnesotans can find more information and resources about Challenge II at www.MNIdeaOpen.org
About Minnesota Idea Open
Minnesota Idea Open is an interactive, cutting-edge utility that facilitates community problem-solving around critical issues facing Minnesota. Minnesota Community Foundation launched the Idea Open in 2010 with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and partnered with Ashoka’s Changemakers