Como Green Village

The Como Green VillageTM  is an umbrella concept that SECIA is promoting in the urban island of Southeast Como in Minneapolis (an industrial, railroad, and highway-locked neighborhood). 

It is based on core principles related to sustainability. While there are many definitions of sustainability, they all involve providing a balance between the environment, economics, and social justice. When all three are working together in harmony those activities become 'sustainable' and can then be carried forward into the future indefinitely.

Since SECIA's inception, environmental initiatives have always been a priority driving the organization to undertake novel efforts such as: tree planting, air quality program, opening new community gardens, organic lawn care, clothesline give-aways, building rain barrels & GrowBarrelsTM  and our Solar Pilot Project

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Contact  SECIA if you're interested in learning more about the 
Como Green VillageTM  concept. 

call 612-676-1731 
or email

Like what we're doing?  Want to help?
The Southeast Como Improvement Association is a volunteer directed community nonprofit.  Our award winning Como Green VillageTM  projects are a result of a 15+ year community commitment to environmental initiatives powered by engaged volunteers, creative staff and energetic student internships.  

Interested volunteers can contact us by clicking this link & filling out our form.

If you would like to financially support our Como Green VillageTM  programming - please click here to donate.

Thank you to the 17 recent donors and 14 fans of SECIA on our page!

TCE Vapor Intrusion from the General Mills/Henkel Superfund site

In November 2013, the Minnesoata Pollution Control Agency contacted Como neighbors, SECIA and local politicians that MPCA will be overseeing an investigation by General Mills, Inc. (GMI). GMI, and its contractors, who will be looking for underground vapors that may be entering homes and buildings. Some of the groundwater in the area is contaminated and could release vapors that can rise through the soil and seep through basement and foundation cracks into indoor air. This is known as “vapor intrusion.”

The source of the potential vapor intrusion in the several-block area is related to historic waste disposal activities at 2010 East Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis, a site owned and operated by GMI from about 1930 until 1977. Beginning in the 1940s, until the early 1960s, solvents were disposed in a soil absorption pit located in the southeast portion of the property. Subsequent discovery of trichloroethylene (TCE), a commonly-used cleaning solvent and degreaser, in the groundwater led to extensive cleanup activities in the area. There is no risk to drinking water supplies. Continue to this page for more information.

East Side environmental issues

A compilation of information about current issues related to industry and pollution in Southeast and Northeast Minneapolis

-- including impacts to nearby St. Anthony Park in St. Paul, St. Anthony Village, Roseville, Lauderdale and Falcon Heights

Como green blog

  • "Garden Prep with the FairShare Farmers" Class Series at Van Cleve Park “Garden Prep with the FairShare Farmers” is a spring gardening class series where you can get ready for the growing season with the FairShare Farmers! FairShare Farm is SE Como ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2015, 8:47 AM by FairShare Intern
  • residential organics drop-off at Van Cleve Park Here are some important items to remember when using the residential organics drop-offs:Residential organics include: all food scraps (including food you should not compost in a backyard bin ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2015, 11:21 AM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • Student and Resident Free Store Returns for Second Year The Pack & Give Back Student Free Store will be held at the University of Minnesota ReUse  Program warehouse once again this year. The free store is open to UMN students ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2014, 4:13 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • SE Como is welcoming spring! SECIA is sponsoring a number of spring community events in April. Come visit us!Earth Day 2014 at Northrop Auditorium and Northrop MallTues. April 22, Tables 11 am - 3 ...
    Posted Apr 22, 2014, 9:42 AM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • SECIA has Internships open for spring! SECIA has four unpaid internship positions that we are looking to fill in spring 2014.  Three of these positions will work on neighborhood community gardens, and one position will be ...
    Posted Feb 11, 2014, 2:36 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • Thank you to all who made TALMAGE RAIN GARDEN possible. The Talmage Rain Garden has come together and met some of it’s goals: erosion and runoff into the storm sewers has been stopped in the area above the rain ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2013, 12:33 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • Urban Air Pollution Impact on Urban Farming - Report by Intern: Brandon Piekarski Hello everyone,This summer (2013) I have been doing research on the impacts of urban air pollution on urban farming, specifically related to HERC. I have prepared a report on ...
    Posted Aug 27, 2013, 3:03 PM by Como Corner
  • Como Corner Commotion: Art, Music, & Food for Community Garden Day Community Gardening Day is a very important time for both Como Corner and FairShare Farm Community Garden.  It is a day to recognize the contributions of community gardeners to the ...
    Posted Jul 30, 2013, 11:52 AM by FairShare Intern
  • SECIA seeking Como Summer Events Intern 2013
    Posted Jun 17, 2013, 7:20 AM by
  • Brandon Piekarski - Summer 2013 Natural Resources and Sustainability Intern Hello Como!My name is Brandon Piekarski and I will be one of the new interns helping out at the SECIA office over the summer. I just finished my junior ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2013, 12:09 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • Upcoming Farm On! Event "Springtime" - Saturday, May 25th Introducing "Farm On!"Farm On! happens the last Saturday of every month from 11am to 2pm at FairShare Farm on 22nd Ave SE & Fairmount Ave.Each day will feature garden ...
    Posted May 24, 2013, 8:09 AM by Stephanie Hankerson
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