2017 environmental initiative awards: winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 25th Anniversary Environmental Initiative Awards. Learn more about them below.

Community Action

Governmental Solar Garden Subscriber Collaborative
Run by the Metropolitan Council and the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS), this innovative joint effort by over 30 local governments in the greater Twin Cities area procured 33MW of solar garden
subscriptions to offset the energy usage at public facilities. 

Critical Collaborators

Ron Nargang
Ron Nargang held high-level positions at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). He also has extensive experience in the formulation, passage, and implementation of public policy initiatives through
open exchange and partnership.

Mike Robertson
Mike Robertson has been a key player in environmental policy development in Minnesota for more than 30 years. He’s held positions at several state agencies, been a founding member of Clean Air Minnesota, and had great influence on nearly every piece of Minnesotan environmental policy
since the 1980s. 

Emerging Leader

Eliza Clark
Eliza Clark is the Director of Sustainability and Environmental at Andersen Corporation, a
founding member of the Minnesota Sustainable
Growth Coalition, and the Vice Chair of Super Bowl LII’s Sustainability Committee. She’s a standout in
corporate sustainability, and known for unifying others.

Energy & Climate

City of Hutchinson Landfill Solar PV
The City of Hutchinson is home to the largest landfill solar project in Minnesota, made possible
by public-private partnership. The 400-kilowatt array is tied directly to the wastewater treatment plant
nearby, helping offset energy use for the city’s largest
municipal energy consumer. This project is the first
of its kind in the state.

Natural Resources

Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (Rice Creek Commons)
In 2013, Ramsey County purchased a World War II army ammunition plant with the goal of restoring the site to a vibrant residential and commercial area. The project and its partners removed tons of
hazardous waste, created nearly 2,000 feet of stream,
and restored a floodplain. 

Sustainable Business

Promoting Deconstruction and Reuse (Better Futures)
According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, more than 80% of the 1.6 million tons of construction and demolition waste was landfilled
in 2013. In 2016, through deconstruction services,
Better Futures Minnesota helped recycle or reuse
more than 1,571 tons of building materials. The result was
750.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions were avoided.

Event Details

Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Registration & reception
5:45 - 8:00 p.m. Dinner & program
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dessert & reception 

Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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Presenting Sponsors

Environmental Lay Group

Great River Energy

Reception sponsor

25th Anniversary Sponsors


Community Action

Critical Collaborator

Stoel Rives LLP

Emerging Leader


Energy and Climate

The Weidt Group

Natural Resources

Sustainable Business

Supporting Sponsors

Minnesota Power

partner SPONSORs

In-kind sponsors


CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Consulate General of Canada

Rochester Public Utilities

Associate Sponsors

Bremer Bank
G & K Services
Nova Consulting
Smith Partners