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

MUD brings to my community what no other can. The expertise and professionalism which is available through MUD is incomparable to any other.

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

Seeing others enjoy the fruits of their labors.

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

Give them the $5000 award. Cent for Cent MUD will get so much for the community from that prize.

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

MUD is the most humble of charities. I'll bet a dollar will go farther with MUD than just about any group you can come up with. We have led the solar installation workshop on site, been a member, done small presentations and donated a truck. Every town should have a group like this to set a great example to youth and allow students to live a sustainable life 24/7. MUD competes for donors with many other eco-minded organizations and has shown itself to be a survivor. That is a testament to MUD's true adherence to sustainability. From worms to tools to compost and manure, MUD gets it right!

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

many ways. We have attended workshops, done presentations at workshops, done solar home tours in conjunctions with MUD, donated a used truck which they kept running many years longer than I thought they could; using it to pick up coffee grounds for their compost and vermiculture and haul manure for their spring fundraiser.

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

figure out some way to bring up the standard of living just a little. I think the rest of the community could relate better if MUD was more like a typical home that incorporated all these wonderful things. It would take money to do that.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is a unique and intregal resource for a sustainable Missoula. They offer hands on education and the tools needed to carry out sustainable living practices. They are a highly colaberative organization that is greatly valued in the Missoula Community.

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

through collaberation this the Missoula Nonprofit Network

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

increase funding, so they could have a larger community inpact.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a fellow member of the Missoula Nonprofit Network, we support MUDD and the impressive work that they do locally in our community. They are working to make Missoula a more sustainable place to live including helping other non profit organizations become more sustainable through partnership and training. Good luck MUDD in this contest!

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

Partnership and training through the Missoula Nonprofit Network.

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

Give them more money so they could have a larger impact.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD has received media assistance grants from Missoula Community Access Television to record just some of their many helpful and informative demonstrations and workshops. We have recorded and cablecast over 30 programs for MUD over the last five years. Each program offer great information on pruning, gardening, water collections, green cleaning projects, baking demonstrations, straw bale building, bee-keeping and more. They provide a wonderful service!

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Many MUD programs inspire phone calls from our over 30,000 viewers requesting copies, or to thank us for running the program.

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

Give them a million dollars.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

MUD is a wonderful local organization that has provided the tools for sustainability in the Missoula area for decades. I love their workshops and community events that provide great educational opportunities to learn how to be more sustainable. Also, they have a great tool library that provides a broad assortment of tools for members who are implementing sustainable living knowledge.

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

I have used their tool library

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

Increase its budget so that it could more effectively operate in the community

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was hired by the Down Home Project to speak at universities about genetic diversity in cultivars in 1984. My wife Sue and I had our first child at MUD. She was raised in the organic nursery we operated there. It has always been a magnet for fascinating people who are actively experimenting on ways to live better while consuming less. In addition to the usual suspects of hands-on workshops from everything from solar water heating to tofu, MUD has is a place where societal, intellectual and spiritual ideas are freely shared. Here’s to the current crew of brilliant and visionary staff and volunteers that are continuing old traditions and breaking new ground.

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

A 13 year old low income youth was employed in a federal traiining program to help with the community and herb gardens. She grew up to be a fully trained herbalist who is actually a pillar of the community.

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

Formalize the relationship between MUD and the University of Montana. The Unversity of Montana should pay MUD for serving as a hands-on sustainability lab for UM students.

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

MUD serves a vital role to a community highly interested in preserving our environment through education, outreach, and advice. I strongly recommend MUD to everyone.

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

community gardens, tool library, MUD garden.

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

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

MUD continues to provide a unique educational role in promoting greater sustainability in Missoula and outlying areas. They not only teach people how to do many things relating to local food production, and energy conservation but they show by example. The solar greenhouse built with local materials and gardens have inspired me and countless others to work harder and derive more satisfaction and enjoyment from achieving greater levels of sustainability in an urban environment. Based on the many ideas I learned from MUD I was inspired to design and build a year around passive solar greenhouse for food production and also to use all that was learned from MUD and my project to enhance my classes at the University and to participate in community events aimed at encouraging others to use their creativity to achieve greater sustainability and contribute to the community.

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

MUD provided inspiration for many projects that I have developed and pursued. What I learned from MUD and their volunteers and what they have inspired me to do has been transformative in how I approach living in an urban environment, and has helped me in turn encourage and inspire many students and community members to find their own ways to apply & adapt these ideas to their lives.

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

MUD has substantially evolved over time, increasing their effectiveness. I think they would benefit by continuing a close connection with the academic community at the University. In addition I would encourage them to make more direct connections regionally to academic and technical research organizations so that they can provide the most up to date technical advice in the rapidly growing field of sustainable urban agriculture and agroecology

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is a much needed resource which is moving us toward self sufficiency through community interdependence from the corporate orchestrated consumerism that is devastating our environment.

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

developing a community meeting place for DIYers. and take advantage of membership in MUD in shopping at locally owned businesses that support MUD.

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

want them become more professional.

 
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