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New outreach tool for conservation agriculture aims to reach farmers faster

Environmental Initiative and Trust in Food™ have launched a new outreach tool to accelerate the adoption of conservation agriculture practices. The project focuses on understanding the hurdles and motivations of 'moveable middle' farmers and ranchers through data-driven engagement strategies.

Environmental Initiative helps local lawn care business go electric

Parkway Lawn Service in Minneapolis has transitioned from gas-powered to electric lawn equipment, significantly reducing emissions and improving environmental health.

Clean Air Minnesota earns spot as finalist for Harvard’s Roy Family Award

Clean Air Minnesota is a finalist for the 2024 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership from Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. This recognition highlights our collaboration to reduce air pollution and enhance environmental quality through innovative, voluntary efforts.

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Upcoming Events

Board Finance Committee Meeting

The Environmental Initiative Board of Directors’ Finance Committee meets two weeks prior to each board meeting. To learn more about the Board of Directors, visit their about us page. Read More

Cannon River Watershed Soil Health Bus Tour

Join farmers, industry representatives, and elected officials on a free bus tour of three farms in the Cannon River Watershed, hosted by Clean River Partners. Experienced farmers will teach you about profitable conservation practices in our region, including strip-till, no-till,… Read More

Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership quarterly meeting + tour

The Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership (HASP) meets quarterly. Contact Britta Dornfeld to learn more about HASP. Read More

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Green business grants

Environmental Initiative can help Minneapolis businesses with Green Cost Share Program grant applications to reduce air pollution, save energy, and cut carbon emissions. The next deadline is August 1.

Project Clean Air Repair expands

Environmental Initiative is expanding Project Clean Air Repair (Project CAR) to the East Metro through a new partnership with Turbo Tim’s. Low to no cost emission system repairs are now available in eight auto repair shops ahead of summer driving, air quality seasons.

Reach Farmers Faster

Are you trying to engage farmers in conservation agriculture? We teamed up with Trust in Food to better understand what it takes to accelerate producers’ voluntary engagement with conservation agriculture programs. Backed by research, our new tool provides organizations engaged in conservation agriculture initiatives with a step-by-step process to apply to outreach efforts.

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Member Highlight: Andersen Corporation

Environmental Initiative thanks Andersen Corporation for their organizational support, sponsorship of the 2024 Environmental Initiative Awards, and Sustainable Growth Coalition membership.