Environmental Initiative will honor projects and individual leaders in the following categories:


A collaboration that utilizes residents or volunteers to solve sustainability challenges on a community scale. This could include grassroots efforts in neighborhood revitalization or beautification, alternative land use strategies, or policy initiatives that contribute to economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, and improved quality of life.

critical collaborator

The critical collaborator award recognizes an individual who has dedicated their career to solving environmental problems. This award is an honor Environmental Initiative confers upon an individual over the age of 50 who has utilized partnership and collaboration to achieve positive and lasting environmental outcomes. 

Emerging leader 

The emerging leader recognizes an outstanding young professional working in groundbreaking ways with unlikely allies to solve environmental problems. This is an honor Environmental Initiative confers upon an individual under the age of 40 who has demonstrated extraordinary capacity to solve environmental problems in partnership.


A partnership that works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut energy consumption, advance energy efficiency, or improve air quality. Projects may also include collaborative efforts to prepare Minnesota to adapt to a changing global climate.


A collaboration designed to implement sustainable solutions to preserve, protect, or restore Minnesota’s land, water, biological diversity, and other natural resources.


This award acknowledges collaborative efforts to pursue sustainable business practices or offer private sector-based solutions to environmental challenges. The project should contribute to environmental stewardship, economic benefit, and competitive advantage.

Winners in each category will be honored at the dinner and celebration on Thursday, May 25 at Nicollet Island Pavilion. Registration to attend the event will open in mid-March. 

Contact Damian Goebel at 612-334-3388 ext. 8106 with questions. 

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