SECIA has 25+ years of proven neighborhood based advocacy with award winning environmental initiatives benefiting the entire Twin Cities.
The Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) is a neighborhood based non-profit that provides services and advocacy on behalf of the Como neighborhood in Minneapolis. Membership to SECIA is open to anyone who lives in the neighborhood, owns a business or represents another entity located within its borders. The SECIA board is elected by the membership and any member can choose to seek election to the board. Given the unique location of Como – 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 (GAPSA).
The Community Services – www.secomo.org
We have effectively managed limited resources, sought grants and other revenue to maintain a neighborhood office and staff enabling us to undertake initiatives that could not be done by volunteers alone. Under direction of the SECIA board and its various sub-committees (Environment, History, Housing & Livability, Safety, Zoning and others) the SECIA staff:
The Como Green Village – www.comogreenvillage.org
Como is an urban island in a sea of historic industry with a legacy of air, ground and water pollution affecting the entire east side of Minneapolis. Current and proposed industries bring added pressures to this ‘heart of the metro’ area.
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 and staff have developed award winning initiatives that have become the “Como Green Village”.
The Green Village is an umbrella concept based on core principles related to sustainability. While there are many definitions of sustainability, they all involve providing a balance between the environment, economics, and social justice. When all are working together in harmony those activities become 'sustainable'. Highlights include:
Recent Awards and Recognitions
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We can continue our model of supporting true grassroots based initiatives. We prove that when you empower people with the proper tools, resources and support, they can find real solutions to real problems.
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