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Missoula Urban Demonstration Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Education, Environment

Mission: Provide a model of urban sustainable living through education, demonstration, and celebration in the missoula community. Our most significant programs are the missoula tool library, truck share, and sustainability living workshop series and its related residency project.

Programs: Tool lending library served over 400 households this year, with close to 700 people borrowing tools for home improvement, lawn and garden care, food preservation, and more. Our library has over 2,000 tools available for our members to borrow.

educating the greater missoula community through demonstrating sustainable urban living methods with the backyard sustainability workshop series, resources library and website, and youth focused programs to expand our impact in future, urban decision makers.

residency program allows our residents to live in our community as part of aplanned living environment. M. U. D. Residents care for the community gardens, help run other programs, and contribute time as volunteers leading tours of demonstration projects on our sites. In exchange, m. U. D. Residents receive low rents for their efforts. This program allows city residents to explore using sustainable living techniques so they can live with less impact throughout their lives, especially when they move on in the future.

truck share program reduces large vehicle trips on our community by allowing our members to borrow a truck for large hauling tasks, like moving, gardening, waste removal, and other projects. M. U. D. Members can then purchase smaller vehicles, or use sustainable transportation methods for everyday use, and reserve the trucks for a few times a year they need a larger vehicle.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Paul A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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RobinSaha

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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!

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Lisa M.

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Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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!

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Nathan K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

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