SECIA has 25+ years of proven neighborhood based advocacy with award winning environmental initiatives benefiting the entire Twin Cities.
Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) is a nonprofit serving Minneapolis’
Como neighborhood. Membership to SECIA is open to anyone who lives in the
neighborhood, owns a business or represents another entity located within its
borders and any member can serve on the board. Given
the unique location – just north of the U of M Minneapolis Campus –
SECIA also has two student board seats with representatives from the Minnesota
Student Association (MSA) and the Graduate and Professional Student Association
Community Services – www.secomo.org
manages limited resources, seeks grants and other revenue to maintain a
neighborhood office and staff enabling us to undertake initiatives that cannot
be done by volunteers alone. Under direction of the SECIA board and its
various sub-committees the SECIA staff:
- Provide timely information
through mailed and electronic newsletters.
- Support the work of
volunteers and committees.
- Help with neighborhood
events and projects with other neighborhoods, institutions and the City.
- Provide critical
day-time communication with the City, University, County, Park Board,
elected officials and others on behalf of the board and community members.
- Provide university student paid and unpaid internship opportunities.
- Maintain multiple community flower gardens and the Fare Share cooperative produce garden.
Located in the ‘heart of
the metro’, Como is an urban island in a sea of historic industry. With our unique combination of location,
educational focus and student involvement, Como residents have taken an early
and successful environmental advocacy position. Knowing that pollution
and sustainability are borderless concepts SECIA’s Environment Committee developed award winning initiatives that become the “Como Green
The Green Village
umbrella concept was based on core principles related to sustainability which involve a balance
between the environment, economics, and social justice. When all are working
together in harmony those activities become 'sustainable'. Highlights
- Waste Reduction: MIMO (Move-in/Move-out) - addresses the uniqueness of student tenant cycles
- Air Quality: Air Permit Inventory Mapping Project. Good neighbor agreements. Founding member of Clean Energy Now! Coalition.
- Water Quality: Build your own rain barrel workshops. Rain garden installations. Bridal Veil Creek Reconstruction & Pollution Remediation Project.
- Renewable Energy: Solar Heated Water Pilot Project resulting in 17 Twin Cities installations. Xcel Windsource promotion. Solar motion light giveaways.
- 2018 Presented at the national EPA conference on pollution reductions through community collaborations.
- 2017 EPA Video honoring our community work on the Air Pollution Reduction Project.
- 2011 Best of Community
Showcase Award winner from the MN State Fair.
- 2011 MEI award
finalist for our Move In/Move Out (MIMO) Project.
- Twin City’s Business
Magazine’s Best of Business issue (Sept 2009).
- 2009 MEI award finalist
for our Solar Thermal Pilot Project.
- 2009 MEI award finalist
as a partner on the Bridal Veil Reconstruction & Remediation Project.
- 2009 City of Minneapolis Special Council Resolution.
- 2008 Governors Award –
Air Pollution Reduction Project for our good-neighbor agreements.
- 2008 City of St. Paul
accommodation from the City Council and Mayor.