ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATiVE AWARDS:
2011 Finalists & WINNERS

Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the 2011 Environmental Initiative Awards. Read more about them below.

Energy and Climate Protection

Winner

Milan Sustainable Energy Utility
The Milan Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) was developed to expand energy conservation resources available to the Greater Milan community. Led by a board of local business leaders, residents, the mayor and an energy expert, the Milan SEU conducts outreach and education campaigns, has implemented numerous energy efficiency upgrades and serves as a model for other small towns across the state.

Finalists

Como Green Village Move In/Move Out (MIMO) Project
Como Green Village Move In/Move Out (MIMO) Project works with the University of Minnesota and student liaisons to educate community members and students on the importance of reusing instead of disposing. The creation of a “free store” in a neighborhood with high renter turnover diverts usable household waste from landfills back into the community.

Minneapolis Saint Paul Solar Cities Project
With assistance from a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Solar Cities Project collaborated with federal, state and local government, industry, labor, academia and non-profit organizations to identify and remove barriers to solar energy market transformation in the Twin Cities, and implement several solar demonstration projects.

Environmental Education

Winner

Powderhorn Lake Neighborhood of Rain Gardens
Working with a range of partners to conduct public education and outreach efforts, and to secure funding and technical expertise, Powderhorn Lake Neighborhood of Rain Gardens used a citizen-based approach to work with 122 neighbors to install rain gardens on their properties. The new gardens both beautified the neighborhood and improved the water quality of Powderhorn Lake in South Minneapolis.

Finalists

Big Sandy Water Institute
The Big Sandy Water Institute provides a summer environmental education program combining recreational and environmental activities to encourage questions, imagination and creativity. Through collaboration with local environmental organizations and government agencies, youth are provided an outdoor summer learning experience that enhances the traditional K-12 classroom experience.

Como Green Village Student Involvement Project
The Como Green Village Student Involvement Project engages university students in the work of their neighborhood association. Students work on environmental issues through grassroots, hands-on activities like community gardening, rain barrel workshops and energy reduction projects.

Green Business and Environmental Management

Winner

Target Field
Serving as an icon for green innovation, Target Field is LEED-NC (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design - New Construction) Certified. All construction waste was processed for recycling, and building was done with limited power resources on a rehabilitated brownfield site, with energy efficient components. The site is highly accessible by bus, train, bicycle and pedestrian pathways.

Finalists

The Mustard Seed Garden Center
The Mustard Seed Garden Center demonstrates environmental stewardship and sustainability through many unique features including on-site rain gardens, pond water irrigation and high efficiency appliances. Education is provided to the community through field trips, seminars and working with local children in a community garden.

Thomson Reuters: Greening the Eagan Campus
Employees and local partners are working to green the Thomson Reuters campus in Eagan through a variety of initiatives, including converting food scraps to pig feed, using compostable serviceware, restoring land to native prairie, creating an organic community garden and other educational activities and employee challenges.

Natural Resource Protection and Restoration

Winner

Go Blue! Diamond Lake Community Makeover
The Go Blue! Diamond Lake Community Makeover, a citizen-led initiative, reduces pollutants in Diamond Lake by working with public and private partners to provide property owners in the 690-acre watershed with up to 50% in cost-share for a variety of stormwater-mitigation projects.

Finalists

Connecting Commerce and Conservation: Innovations in Land Restoration
This project connects foresters, energy producers, local units of government and conservation organizations to develop a new economically viable paradigm for land restoration.  Project partners remove invasive buckthorn and create woodchips that are then used as a renewable energy source.

Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework
The University of Minnesota Water Resources Center worked with scientists, water management professionals and citizens to develop the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework. This comprehensive 150-page report addresses long-term social, environmental and economic needs around water, and identifies strategies and recommendations to achieve a sustainable water future in Minnesota.

Sustainable Communities

Winner

Saint Paul Port Authority’s Beacon Bluff Redevelopment
The Saint Paul Port Authority’s Beacon Bluff Redevelopment brings together businesses, government agencies and community members to restore economic vitality on Saint Paul’s East Side. This collaboration developed and revitalized a 61-acre site through innovative brownfields practices and green redevelopment, building and operating strategies.

Finalists

Burnsville Sustainability City Initiative
The Burnsville Sustainability City Initiative brought together all City of Burnsville departments, as well as local non- and for-profit organizations, to develop a plan for city-wide sustainability. Over 45 sustainability initiatives, in fourteen priority areas, were completed in 2010, with more planned for coming years.

Edina Pubic Works Facility
The Edina Pubic Works Facility adapted and renovated the old Con-Agra Foods Building to accommodate the growing needs of the public works department. By utilizing existing building components and incorporating energy conservation strategies, the project serves as an example of environmentally responsible design and development.

PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR

Winner

The Mustard Seed Garden Center
The Mustard Seed Garden Center demonstrates environmental stewardship and sustainability through many unique features including on-site rain gardens, pond water irrigation and high efficiency appliances. Education is provided to the community through field trips, seminars and working with local children in a community garden.

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Presenting Sponsors

Environmental Lay Group

Great River Energy

Reception sponsor

25th Anniversary Sponsors

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

In-kind sponsors

AFFILIATE SPONSORs

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Consulate General of Canada

Rochester Public Utilities

Associate Sponsors

Bremer Bank
G & K Services
Nova Consulting
Smith Partners