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Northside Safety NET brings on new interns

Northside Safety NET has welcomed eight new interns and welcomed back five interns from the original cohort for this year of programming. Learn more about our interns and consider supporting them as they learn about environmental justice in their community.

Report: Conservation practices benefit the environment and local farmer’s bottom line 

A recent return-on-investment study of dairy operations in central Minnesota found that profitability and environmental stewardship are complimentary. The study analyzed 10 farms and found that on average the farms demonstrated improved environmental and financial outcomes compared to benchmarks.

Sustainable Growth Coalition hosts deconstruction tour and embodied carbon learning lab

A recent study revealed that embodied carbon – the emissions generated from the raw material extraction, manufacturing, transportation, construction and disposal of building materials – accounts for roughly 11% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Practitioners in the building industry are…

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Upcoming Events

Midwest Row Crop Collaborative Steering Committee Meeting

The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative Steering Committee meets every three months to discuss regenerative agriculture. To learn more about the Midwest Row… Read More

Environmental Justice Coordinating Council: The Planet We Live On Environmental Justice Series

The Environmental Justice Coordinating Council is hosting a community event to spark important community conversations about air pollution and health. Read More

Coffee With Environmental Initiative

Join Executive Director Mike Harley for a virtual coffee and an update on Environmental Initiative. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Read More

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Member Highlight: Houston Engineering

Houston Engineering is a longtime supporter of Environmental Initiative. The company is a sponsor of the Environmental Initiative Awards and a valued partner of the Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership.

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.

Creative engagement for water

Through the Source Water Protection Collaborative, Environmental Initiative has facilitated an artist residency aimed at empowering rural community members to safeguard their drinking water and at engaging local government to join them in dialogue. Learn more on our YouTube channel.

Conservation practices pay

A recent return-on-investment study of dairy operations in central Minnesota found that profitability and environmental stewardship are complimentary. The study analyzed 10 farms and found that on average the farms demonstrated improved environmental and financial outcomes compared to benchmarks.