Save the Waste! Minneapolis Nonprofit PLACE is Developing the First Affordable, Multifamily Community in the US to be Powered Solely by Organic Solid Waste

PLACE's first Save the Waste! project will divert organic waste from landfills, and process it through neighborhood-scale anaerobic digestion into clean energy to power homes, businesses, and transit in a new community in St. Louis Park, MN. The high-quality fertilizer that results will be used to grow food for their residents and at nearby urban farms.

Minneapolis, MN, December 14, 2013 --( PLACE, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, is developing a first-of-its-kind project in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, to show the world that good waste should not go to waste.

In conjunction with Hennepin County and the City of St. Louis Park, PLACE will redevelop a derelict building -- the former McGarvey Coffee roastery at the intersection of Highway 100 and Highway 7 -- into a $19M facility that processes organic solid waste into clean, renewable energy. With several technology partners, PLACE has developed a patent-pending system that uses neighborhood-scale anaerobic digestion to efficiently convert this waste into biogas, which will then be used to generate electricity.

The renewable energy facility comprises Phase I.

Once Phase I is up and running, in Phase II, PLACE will develop a live/work community to surround it, all of which will be powered by waste. The community will include affordable housing, makers’ space for artists and craftspeople, commercial space for local businesses, and more.

This ambitious project will show the world that communities can be developed to be empowering for residents and truly sustainable. Currently, organic solid waste in Hennepin County is trucked far outside the city to be composted, costing money and fuel, and releasing greenhouse gases. With this project, PLACE will divert up to 30,000 tons of waste from landfills annually, powering homes and businesses in an closed loop: waste creates energy, which allows community to flourish, which generates more waste, and so on.

#Save The Waste! is close to making this vision a reality. PLACE needs to raise an additional $2 million in donations by January 1st, 2014 to compete the financing package. A campaign has been established on Indiegogo (, and PLACE also accepts donations through its website.

This project, once built, will be a catalyst for hundreds of similar projects to take off across the world. The impact of neighborhood-scale distributed renewable energy will divert millions of tons of solid waste from landfills, lessen human dependence on fossil fuels, and enable PLACE to more easily finance its public-benefit communities.

Changing how the human population handles its garbage could truly change the world.

For more information about PLACE (Guidestar Exchange Silver Member):

PLACE - Projects Linking Art, Community & Environment
100 Portland Ave S, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55401 // // 612.309.3889
Elizabeth Bowling