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Posted on May 25, 2021 in General

A Tenant’s Call for Safer, Healthier Housing

Earlier this year, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) awarded Healthy Building Network a grant to work alongside a community-based organization called Renters United for Justice to reduce toxic chemical exposures among vulnerable individuals. Read about one tenant's story and how a new cooperative is making strides to create safer...

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Posted on May 25, 2021 in General

The Illusion of Plastics Recycling: Neither Just Nor Circular

The production and use of plastics is predicted to soon be the largest driver of world oil demand. While plastic building products are often marketed in ways that give the illusion of progress toward recycling and a circular economy, the reality is that virtually no plastic building materials are recycled. ...

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Posted on Apr 26, 2021 in General

What We're Reading This Earth Month

This Earth Month, we wanted to take the chance to highlight some great conversations that are happening in our ecosystem. We compiled a list of some of the articles and media HBN staff are reading and listening to that we think you should know about.

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Posted on Mar 30, 2021 in General

Our Children’s Health Depends on Our Materials Choices

HBN Chief Research Officer Teresa McGrath shares how doing her job and keeping her children safe go hand in hand. This article uses a personal story to discuss two groups (or classes) of toxic chemicals found both in household dust and children’s bodies, and shares recommendations for how we can...

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