2016 ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE AWARDS: FINALISTS AND WINNERS

Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the 2016 Environmental Initiative Awards. Learn more about them below. 

2016 PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEARAgPlastic

Recycling Agricultural/Marine Plastics
With the use of plastic films on the rise, a diverse group of stakeholders identified and established environmentally and economically sustainable methods for properly managing agricultural (like bale wraps) and boat plastic wrap waste.

COMMUNITY ACTIONSun Ray Library

Sun Ray Nature-Smart Library
The newly renovated Sun Ray Library is changing the way the community thinks about literacy, environmental stewardship, and youth leadership by becoming a hub for nature learning and recreation. The library transformed both its physical environment and programming to serve as a place for families to learn and engage with nature. 

2016 Finalist: Frogtown Park and Farm »
2016 Finalist: Washburn Center for Children »

ENERGY & CLIMATETheRose526

The Rose
A model of the next generation of multifamily housing, The Rose successfully  incorporated ultra-sustainable design, energy efficiency, and healthy building materials into a Minneapolis apartment complex accessible to low-income families. 

2016 Finalist: Minneapolis Energy Benchmarking Program »
2016 Finalist Safer Products That Work »

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATIONRace2Reduce

Race 2 Reduce
Race 2 Reduce is engaging the public and educating youth in the surrounding communities of White Bear Lake on the importance of local water conservation. Last year, Race 2 Reduce reached over 2,155 students and 870 adult community members and engaged more than 62 classrooms and 5 clubs.

2016 Finalist: Saint Paul EcoDistrict »
2016 Finalist: Sauk River Watershed District WaterFests »

FOOD STEWARDSHIPFeastLocalFoods

Feast! Local Foods Network
The Feast! Local Foods Network is a partnership committed to growing a sustainable, local and regional food system. While Feast! works to expand markets for local foods businesses and helps those businesses to grow, it also encourages businesses to move towards environmentally-responsible practices.

2016 Finalist: From the Ground Up North »
2016 Finalist: Wadena School Food Project »

NATURAL RESOURCESCoffeeCreek

Coffee Creek Daylighting and Restoration
Project partners restored a severely damaged section of Coffee Creek in the City of Duluth. The new stream channel provides valuable habitat for trout, is more resilient for future flood events, and promotes sustainable redevelopment of urban land. 

2016 Finalist: Faces of Tomorrow »
2016 Finalist: Grand Marais Creek Outlet Restoration »

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

MAC - Blog

Metropolitan Airports Commission’s Sustainable Solar PV and LED Lighting Project
The Metropolitan Airports Commission and Ameresco partnered to install the largest (non-utility) solar PV project in Minnesota and the largest integrated solar and lighting project at a U.S. airport.

2016 Finalist: Go Twins, Go Green »
2016 Finalist: Recycling Agricultural/Marine Plastics »

Event Details

Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration & reception
6:00 - 7:45 p.m. Dinner & program
7:45 - 9:00 p.m. Dessert & reception 

Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
 

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RELATED INFORMATION

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About the Awards »

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Guidelines and Eligibility »

Evaluation Criteria and Judging »

Sponsor the Awards »

Past Finalists and Winners »

Presenting Sponsors

Environmental Lay Group

Great River Energy

25th Anniversary Sponsor

CATEGORY SPONSORS

Community Action

Critical Collaborator

Stoel Rives LLP

Emerging Leader

Aveda

Energy and Climate

The Weidt Group

Natural Resources

Sustainable Business

Supporting Sponsors


Minnesota Power



partner SPONSORs

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

In-kind sponsor

AFFILIATE SPONSOR

Rochester Public Utilities

Associate Sponsors

G & K Services

Bremer Bank