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  

We recycled a old house in Missoula. We ended up getting ripped off by the company we hired who claimed to be recyclers. The bank gave us a dead line and we had no money to finish but had joined the people at mud. We needed to sand floors, finish the landscaping, finish plumbing, puddy the windows,put up 2x4 walls,tape walls, paint,build a porch. Then our only vehicle was hit while stopped at a stop light on Broadway. We cryed. Then we took out the list MUD had and started to see what they had. We got the power washer first and washed down the house and couldn't get the washer back because our friend truck wasnt home so we called and they had another couple who needed it and lived near by,So they arrange for them to pick up at our house.
We pick up all sort of power tools to finish the walls 2x4-sheet rock-
mudding and the works and they looked thing up for us on how to do
things like framing, mudding nailing, orange peel. Some times we showed up when they where not open and they helped us anyway.
We also used the truck share to haul 2x4s, cement mixer, sheetrock
and trees people dug up or wanted to get rid of for our yard. We ended up meeting the dead line the bank gave us for our first house
we have ever owned. We thought we were going to lose the house, the houseing market crashed and I lost my job and my husband job was looking like they were going to cut hours for them and we had
used our saving to do this not wanting to rent anymore. They had ever thing we needed and still do.

Lona

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

learned to make cheese and be self sufiction.

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

Love the set up-natural plants-garden-chickens etc....

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is a phenomenal resource for members of Missoula community. All in all, this is a very cool place staffed by great people.

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I've also discussed re-designing their native plant demonstration gardens, and donated seed to help them.

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

Help them move to a larger space so they could enhance their ability to present programs and offer more tools at the Tool Library.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

A wonderful place for the Missoula community to utilize. Everything from the tool library to the truck share. MUD creates a beautiful neighborhood with their chickens and gardens. Full of good hearted people Missoula is lucky to have MUD.

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

my personal life

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

make it bigger.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD provides valuable clinics on a wide range of interesting topics such as how to raise chickens and composting. They also have a tool check out system that can help many people save money and is a valuable resource for the community.

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

workshops

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

nothing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is great. It is the kind of experimental non-profit that every quasi-urban area should have. They house one of my friends in their sustainable urban living program, and provide great resources to make urban living even greener.

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friends housed and buddies aided by the tool library.

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

make sure more people know about MUD.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is wonderful! It's a great source for so many and offers a variety of avenues to get the community involved on a really important issues that affect us all every day. It's an opportunity to meet neighbors, work with vast populations on community wide issues, as well as to learn new skills and resources within people all around you.

It makes the community stronger through its community focus and esteemed presence in the Missoula community.

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

the many neighbors and friends who are involved in their board.

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

get more people involved in this wonderful opportunity.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

i love the tool library that MUD has created. they have so many diffrent tools that are available at no to little cost. They always would work with me if i did not return the tools back on time. they also have a truck share that i love and have used many times. it is affordable and a great service.

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In my day to day life and in a non profit buisness

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

i would have them be in a few diffrent locations

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I support MUD's overall mission for encourage people to live sustainably. I know that the organization does fantastic work.

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

reading about MUD's mission and various education projects in Missoula. I have not been able to attend any of its events.

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

do nothing except give it more funding!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD should be considered a contender for this award because it is a pioneer in the field of sustainability, with a long history of innovation and outreach, to offer especially appropriate services and education to the community which it nurtures. The truck share and tool library programs are outstanding examples of ideas that allow us all to live more lightly on the planet, and within our means in trying times. The planned renovation and upgrade of the Phillips Street properties will be stellar models of accessible means to reduce our resource demands and provide a setting for a rich life in community.

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I've personally experienced MUD through the public input process.

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

I might encourage wider involvement with professionals early in the project development process.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

MUD provides an important service to the Missoula community. I have been a big user of the tool library which has allowed me to tackle many home improvement projects that would have otherwise been out of my reach.

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

MUD helped me renovate my house.

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

Update the online tool list.

 
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