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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

MUD is great!
I've used the truck share program to haul many loads of tree trimmings to EkoCompost.
I just attended a workshop on American Mud and can't wait to try the trowel techniques on my walls.
The tool library is amazingly well- stocked with odd tools designed for a specific job- the shingle shovel was a great time saver on my house roofing project.

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

classes, tool library & truck share program

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

-Offer more classes - Extend hours of tool library to more days/wk

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center has been proud to share many events and initiatives with MUD over the years we have both been part of Missoula. It's a great resource for empowering local people to take local action and make the world a bit more sustainable.

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

It's great to have the truckshare program as a resource

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

not sure I have any suggestions at the moment

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

M.U.D. has been a valuable part of this community for years now. I have been a class participant, a member, and a grateful tool borrower. The tools in the library helped me to refinish my home's bathroom and have inspired my many gardening projects!

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

Being able to complete home projects way more affordably!

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

Get the word out to the greater community of all the serves they provide.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I love the apple press from the tool library. Making apple cider is so much fun with this great press! It is a perfect activity for a beautiful fall day. I only wish it was available more often.

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

apple pressing

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

The tools to be available more often then once or twice a week

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter, whom I adopted three years ago, had many emotional and behaviorial issues. Amazingly, what has helped her the most has been working with her hands, and gardening. Organizations such as MUD really helped her (and me, too), understand the importance of getting your hands dirty, choosing the proper tools, designing a living space for green things, and then--drumroll please--WAITING to see how it works out. There are always surprises, and MUD teachers are available for coaching. I was born and raised in a city and my garden was a windowbox--my daughter has a larger garden, but a clueless Mom. Together with organizations like MUD, we're planting a better world, and improving ourselves in the process!
THANKS, MUD! "May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."
--Wendy Leibowitz
Washington, D.C.

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

Haven't. But would hope to, if they expand to Washington, D.C. Boy, do we need some more gardens.

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

Bring it to more cities. Especially my city.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member for several years. As an older gardener I really appreciate being able to pick up tools to use rather than buy them. Last year I bought a truck share and was able to pick up llama manure for my garden. Really liked having the truck share. MUD is an invaluable non profit to our community. My one problem is that I don't utilize my membership enough.

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

Missoula, Montana

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

make sure when I purchase membership that this is logged onto their computer system so that months later I don't get email after email asking me for something so that my membership can be logged on.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When we purchased our first home MUD was invaluable, not only by loaning us tools, but by providing us with the information and guidance we needed to take on home projects we might have never had the confidence to pursue. Over the years we've also received valuable advice about gardening, food preservation, weatherproofing, and other sustainability measures during our visits to MUD. More than any other local organization, MUD has made us feel part of a strong, forward-looking community.

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

Tool library, education programs

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

Expand its hours of operation

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

AMazin organization. If you have the power or means to help please do

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

feedback from others

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

give them a ton of Money!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

MUD is a great organization that really gets on the ground for sustainability and building social ties among Missoula's citizens. It is the model of what a community-building group should be.

They could really use some more resources, and this award would be a big help.

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

practical skills and resources for local sustainability - energy efficiency, gardening, and green building.

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

Encourage them to provide a community forum for sustainability - a symposium, lecture series, annual publication...

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MUD is an integral part of the effort to create a sustainable future for Missoula. This organizations hard work and collaboration with the community has greatly increased public awareness regarding issues of the urban environment.

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

This organization's efforts can be seen across the community.

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

Increase public support!

 
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