Missoula Urban Demonstration Project

Rating: 4.72 stars   599 reviews

Issues: Education, Environment, Economic Development

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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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is a great resource for Missoula residents. If only every town had more MUD in their back yards.

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

Heard presentations.

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

Reduce the costs charged for workshops.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with MUD for more than 11 years. First as a very sporadic volunteer, then a Board member for 4 years, back to a sporadic volunteer, and now as a dedicated Tool Library user. MUD has been many things during its lifespan. It will never be a traditional success nor approach perfection, yet it continues to sustain, adapt, and inspire. Thus it has achieved a paradoxical manner of success and perfection I deeply admire.

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

The MANY, MANY times I have saved time and more through use of tool library check outs.

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

Never hold another strategic planning session. EVER! Planning was meant for and should be restricted to penance for government agencies and corporate boards. Dream, theorize, talk it through, try it, keep it going or start again. That's MUD. That's how it works best.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked with MUD as a volunteer in the past. I was very poor and needed bedding plants for my garden. MUD gave me the opportunity to work in exchange for the plants I needed. Way to help community members support healthy lifestyles. The tool library is also and excellent resource for our community.

One of the best things about MUD is its longevity. MUD has been advocating sustainability in Missoula since the 70's as I understand the history. Good job!

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

helping me grow food for myself and family.

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

find them additional funding support.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered a day to distribute organic fertilizer to the public. It was quite an interesting asssortment of takers filing through in old pick-ups and new Volvo's. Everybody appreciated the product, though shoveling it was tough. The experience was good opportunity to help out the community with a valuable natural product. Manure happens!

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

cheese making workshops and tool lending.

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

Not my job.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is a great organization who is always teaching me new was to be a better member of my Missoula Community.

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

Being more sustainable.

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

Give them more money.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD adds meaning to city life in a way no other endeavor does. It helps make Missoula Missoula!

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

library

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

No changes!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

MUD has been a great resource to Missoula. Personally, to know there is a place I can go to share tools and avoid adding to the multiplication of resources is invaluable to me. I have also gained new techniques from how to build a straw bale structure to composting to outdoor pathways by volunteering there and through their many workshops. They also throw some of the best garden parties in town!

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

I've experience the results of this organization through workshops and volunteer opportunities

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

suggest ways to improve efficiency in administrative practices and consistency in hours of operation

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project has grown and evolved over the years. It's always finding new ways to give Missoulians new information and opportunities to live well and live simply.

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

One of my favorite MUD experiences was a study and discussion group about Sustainable Living.

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

I can't think of anything

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've learned a lot since I became a member with MUD. This organization gives Missoulians the tools they need to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I have given my time to help teach girl scouts about recycling by making paper mache with them. I have also spent a lot of time in the native garden, weeding and redoing the landscape so kids can come through and learn about native plants.
MUD is a genuine organization filled with amazing people who volunteer their time to make Missoula a better place.

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

I've experienced the results in hands-on programs. Through the YEP program and the classes that are offered, like canning, gardening, composting etc I have learned how to live a more sustainable life.

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

I would like to see more advertising for the tool library and for it to have more convenient hours

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Tool Library and Truck Share programs are a way to help me make my home more sustainable and to help your non-contactor home owner access tools to complete projects. The social events to get people together to work on and do demonstartions of proctical and useful ideas to make "green living" do-able on a budget. MUD has also become the Cornerstone partner in the annual Earth Day Festival w. the University of Montana and other organizations.

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

I bought hardy seeds at reduces cost to grow food. I have saved money by using the tool library.

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

Encourage more meals made from garden produce as member events.

 
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