2019 Environmental Initiative Awards

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We’re excited to honor seven innovative people and projects that are working collaboratively to build holistic solutions to environmental issues at our annual Environmental Initiative Awards celebration.

Environmental Initiative works across difference with partners to create spaces where people can openly exchange ideas and come to a consensus on challenging issues. Our goal is to create a healthy environment, prosperous economy and equitable society, and we know that’s only possible through partnership. Join us to celebrate the successes of collaborative individuals and creative projects doing the same.


Join us for an inspiring night of networking and celebration with nearly 500 of Minnesota’s environmental leaders. Both individual tickets and tickets for tables seating eight are available. The evening includes a networking reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by a seated dessert and awards program to honor the award recipients:

  • Courageous Innovator, presented by Aveda — Dania Marin-Gavilan
  • Critical Collaborator, presented by Dorsey & WhitneyJ. Drake Hamilton
  • Energy and Climate, presented by Stoel RivesCU Green Clean Energy Lending Platform
  • Environmental Innovation, presented by 3MThree Rivers Climate Conversations
  • Rural Vitality, presented by Houston EngineeringPoplar River Management Board
  • Large Employer Sustainability, presented by WenckMinnesota State University–Mankato: Energy Savings and Sustainability
  • Small Employer Sustainability, presented by Barr EngineeringRural Grocery Stores: Energy and Access

Learn more about our winners on our blog.



Robyne Robinson is one of the Twin Cities’ best known personalities.  An Emmy award-winning news broadcaster, she was the first African-American, prime-time anchor in Minnesota, and the first to be inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Her unwavering support of communities of color, GLBTQ and women’s issues, and the arts have made an indelible impact on media coverage in the Twin Cities.

After a successful on-camera career, she left the airwaves in 2010 to become only the second African-American candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota.

Robinson established and was curator of flatland (2000–2003), a contemporary art gallery that won critical praise from local and national arts writers for its support of emerging local artists.

She is also the owner of ROX Jewelry Designs, sold throughout the U.S. as well as in Athens and London. Her jewelry is currently sold at museums like the Walker Art Center and the Lewis Museum in Baltimore. ROX has been featured in fashion editorials in Nylon (U.S.) and MOD Magazine (U.K.), national televisions shows and at New York Fashion Week.

Robyne is currently Principal Consultant for fiveXfive Public Art Consultants, working with clients such as Alliiance Architects and Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, where in six years as Art Director, she helped create more than $5 million dollars in commissions for the state’s visual and performing artists.


5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.                    Registration and Networking Reception

Hors d’oeuvres served during cash bar reception in tent, featuring hosted local beer courtesy of Fair State Brewing Co-Op and Mighty Axe Hops.

6:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                    Seated Dessert

Guest retire inside to table seating for plated dessert.

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.                    Program

Presentation of 2019 Environmental Initiative Awards.

8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                    Networking Reception and End of Event

Guests continue making connections. Event ends at 9:00 p.m.

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