MISSOULA URBAN DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

Rating: 4.72 stars   599 reviews

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Location: 629 Phillips St Missoula MT 59802 USA

Mission: MUD values Urban Sustainable Living: A way of living that embraces low-impact, small-budget, do-it-yourself, resource-sharing practices that foster healthy communities and ecosystems now and for future generations.
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

While I'm not part of the Missoula community, I am intrigued by the ideas and methods of sustainability put forth by this group. I feel as though many of the community services that this group offers, such as the tool library and the truck share programs are great ways to encourage not only sustainability but also a sense of community camaraderie. I think these organizations should be more widespread, especially in agricultural areas.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I don't live in Missoula.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage the spread of organizations like this across the country.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is a great, uniquely Missoula organization. They have helped me with tools/equipment to make countless home repairs as well as apple cider, and plant my garden every year. They are an invaluable service to the average "underfunded" Missoulian homeowner.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My house

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Buy them more tools

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

When the dust settles on this era, urban organizations in the early 21st century focused on regional self-reliance and energy and resource conservation will be looked upon as the most important. These are the people that get it. MUD is 30 years old now. It was and remains ahead of its time. A true leader in its field, setting the example. Living the dream. Helping each other. Inspiring others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

continue to meet leaders who were inspired by and used the services or volunteered for MUD.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help it in its current capital campaign.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been aware and used the services of MUD since it's inception. This nonprofit has been an invaluable source in our community, from sponsoring and organizing activities to educating the general public on sustainable living. I have used tools from their Tool Library, gone to workshops from on raising chickens, pruning trees and building coldframes. I am the advisor for a local high schools recycling/sustainabliity club and MUD has been there to answer questions and help students get involved. I could not have done half of what I do to live sustainablity without the support of MUD.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my lifestyle. I currently have been able learn how to and accomplished a more stustainable lifestyle.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have it be open for longer periods of time. I am sure the reason it isn't is due to costs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is a really fantastic organisation. They have been active in the Missoula community long enough to become a local institution, and from personal experience, their tool library is a one-of-a-kind asset for low and medium income home owners. Thanks, MUD!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sustainable living demos and tool loans.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change it at all!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The tool library is an incredible resource for the neighborhood. It has saved us hundreds of dollars in tools. We have been able to increase the value of our historic house (1906!) and by default the value of our neighborhood because of MUD. Thanks!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my northside neighborhood.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the tool library hours and tools

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

What a magnificent resource. The tool library is my favorite aspect and I promote membership regularly to do-it-yourself clients.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Client satisfaction! Knowing this resource is out there helps homeowners tackle projects that they might not otherwise.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create the ability to purchase gift memberships online for my clients.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This place is awesome! I have borrowed many great tools from the tool library and have also borrowed the truck! I think it is a great way to promote sustainable living. I mean, we don't all need a grass seed spreader, right? Sharing is awesome!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

making my world more sustainable.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do more advertising so that more Missoulians know about it.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I joined MUD over a year ago and just rejoined at the end of 2010. MUD's annual Garden Party was the very first event that I went to after moving to Missoula in the fall of 2009. What an extraordinary community of DIY gardeners, carpenters, artists, and best of all, neighbors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The truck share is great. Easy to sign up, etc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the organization more visible, move it to a more central location.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD provides wonderful services to the Missoula community through its tool library, truck share and excellent workshops. More importantly though, through these services MUD provides an alternate way of thinking about resources and how we use them, an alternate economy that helps to bring people together and build community. It is this kind of far-reaching and creative thinking that I value in a non-profit and I am excited to be part of MUD's vision for the future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my day to day living on the MUD site.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help to make it more sustainable!

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