2018 Environmental Initiative Awards

On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, we honored this year’s award recipients with an inspiring night of networking and celebration with over 400 of Minnesota’s environmental leaders. The evening included a reception, formal dinner, and awards program to honor the eight award recipients. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to support Environmental Initiative’s mission and vision by helping to reach our fundraising goal during the event of $15,000.

Keep the conversation going. Congratulate winners, share your excitement, and follow the festivities on social media using the hashtag #EIAwards18.



Frank Vacellero co-anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. CBS Channel 4 news Monday through Friday with his wife, Amelia Santaniello. Frank has been an anchor in the Twin Cities since 1996. Before coming to Minnesota, Frank worked at WAND-TV in Decatur, Illinois and at WHOI-TV in Peoria, Illinois as an anchor and reporter. The Society of Professional Journalists recognized Frank with its broadcast award for Investigative Reporting in 2008. He was also awarded the 2011 and 2012 Regional Emmy for Best Anchor.

Learn more about the Environmental Initiative Awards

From the judging process all the way to the celebration, the Environmental Initiative Awards recognizes collaborative projects and influential leaders who make a difference for our environment, economies, and society.


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