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  

I teach in the Enviornmenal Studies Program at the University of Montana. MUD provides great learning and leadership opportunities for students to be involved in MUD programs, projects, and community events. MUD also serves as an incubator for new sustainability ideas and helps community members become sustainabiltiy "pioneers" themselves.

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

Going to a grey water workshop.

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

Mobilze membership to advocate and do grassroots lobbying on sustainabilty policies and intiatives that facilitate urban sustainability at the city and county level -- like you did with the chicken ordiance. How about advocating on green buildings policy (and/or green roofs), climate action planning, distributed energy. Get more political.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It's mission and the dedicated members and how much their services are appreciated in the communty.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

MUD provides valuable internship and training experiences for students in our graduate and undergraduate Environmental Studies degree programs. The resources they offer to the community and the opportunity for learning are outstanding. MUD is effective well beyond its budget thanks to the dedication of its volunteers, staff and board. I would recommend MUD for an internship for students from any higher education institution

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

my work as an educator.

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

get it more funding!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I'm a high school science teacher in Helena and I think MUD’s Youth Education Program (YEP!) provides great resources for teachers and students. The opportunities they make available through educational trunks, tours and hands-on activities will help our children make important connections to the land and ecosystems around them. These methods are inexpensive and easily replicated in Montana or around the globe and will help re-connect our kids with nature through lessons in sustainability. Thanks for all you do, MUD!

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

Haven't yet.

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

Get teachers involved across the state. Maybe provide a class for selected school districts that teachers can sign up to attend for their certification renewal. I know a lot of teachers would be interested in MUD's programs, but don't always seek these opportunities out themselves. A teacher's conference like the annual MEA or MEEA conferences would be a great place to start.

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

MUD was an invaluable resource to me as a graduate student at the university of Montana. As an intern there, and later as site manager, I learned volumes on many aspects of sustainable living, including organic gardening, composting, solar panel installation, passive solar greenhouse design, green building, waste management, recycling and so much more. Now, ten years later, these aspects are still demonstrated on the site, and the tool library provides a much needed service to Missoula. I checked out dozens of tools that enabled me to remodel my first home. I can't say enough great things about this organization that has been on the forefront of sustainability for decades.

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

...my life in Missoula. It has been transformational in my education and life.

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

Create another site or branch of the tool library in a more central part of town so that the benefits can be more visible and accessible to more people.

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Rating: 4 stars  

As an MSU-Missoula County Extension Agent, MUD has been a partner and mouth piece for me to provide reliable research based information to the public regarding food preservation. The interest in canning has more than tripled in the past 4 years and MUD has partnered with me to offer canning classes scheduled this summer. As the interest in food preservation increases, the risk for food borne illness also increase as people rely on word of mouth or the internet for directions that may not be acurate. This winter, I received several calls from people who wanted to give their home canned products as gifts but were concerned about food safety. When I reviewed their home canning methods I found out that errors were made which could even be life threatening. MUD has agreed to let me teach canning classes to their members and surrounding community. They have the ability to reach the community that I don't have and will, thus, help me do the job of educating the public in safe food preservation techniques. They also provide canning equipment for members to check out. Way to go, MUD!

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

meeting with staff and volunteers to plan and provide publications on food preservation as well as check the dial gauge on their pressure canner with is available for check out.

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

build a demonstration classroom and community kitchen.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is a wonderful organization. It continues to thrive through the decades. Our neighborhood (40+ homes) holds a get-together in the fall to harvest apples from our common area apple orchard, harvest the apples together and make apple cider. The kids get especially excited to participate in this event. This community coming together is in large part made possible by the loan of an apple press from MUD, and their staff and volunteers have been great about teaching us how to use it and properly put up gallons and gallons of cider. In the past I also kept several bee hives at the MUD facility and shared my love of beekeeping with the public, it is great to have a place to teach and learn from each other in our community. The MUD gardens, workshopsand social events are great for our community and no doubt inspire people to dig in the dirt and enjoy the fruits of their labor. The tools and truck loan programs are affordable and fantastic way to share community resources. I love MUD!

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

so many ways. This is a unique organization, ever-changing and innovative, small but far reaching, and focusing on things that bring our family joy and satisfaction while meeting others in the community.

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

expand the grounds and have a more extensive gardening and self-sufficiency workshops year-round. I would like to see them partner with the Missoula County Extension Master Gardeners to develop demonstration gardens in more locations in the Missoula area.

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a professional horticulturist and former nursery industry worker, I have recommended the services of MUD to many clients all of whom have found answers to their questions and help with their projects through MUD. They teach many informative classes to the general public and loan tools to their members. They share their collective knowledge in a way that builds community spirit. They are indispensible to our civic minded community and we only hope the organization gets stronger. Thanks for considering them for this grant....they really deserve it!

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

visiting their site and observing their work in our community.

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

Give them much money so that they could continue their good work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD has become an integral part of the Missoula sustainability community through their active community involvement and great workshops and programs. I have participated in several events and was very impressed as I also work in the sustainability field. I hope MUD continues to grow and flourish.

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

Missoula, MT

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

Help fundraise as they are great and if they can get larger they will only get better.

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Rating: 4 stars  

MUD is a staple in the Western Montana community, encouraging and supporting sustainable healthy lifestyles in an era when we need it most.

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

Working with the staff with their bee hives.

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

More bee class, but you could say I'm biased.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Missoula Urban Demonstration Project is doing some great and innovative things. I think that the role of demonstration in learning about sustainable systems and self-sufficiency is so valuable. MUD is a model for the community as well as other organizations working on resource conservation.

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

my interactions with the staff and learning about their programs.

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

n/a

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