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Awards Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2022 Environmental Initiative Awards open January 19. Help us recognize exciting work across Minnesota by nominating a project or person you believe is crafting collaborative solutions to our most challenging environmental issues. The Environmental Initiative Awards is our annual recognition program that celebrates people and projects working in partnership at the nexus […]

Profit Through Conservation: Supporting Farmers for Conservation Outcomes

St. Cloud Holiday Inn 75 37th Ave S, St. Cloud, MN

Nature-based solutions, ecosystem services markets, soil carbon farming, on-farm conservation, regenerative agriculture, natural climate solutions – all these concepts center around one key question: How do we harness earth’s natural systems to grow food in a way that benefits farmers, the community, and the environment?  Ecosystem service markets are emerging as a key method to pay […]

Awards Celebration

Our hybrid 2022 Environmental Initiative Awards celebration will begin with a virtual program followed by an in-person event at Quincy Hall in the late afternoon. Registration opens in March.

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Second Chance Community Solar Garden gets ready to shine

The Second Chance Community Solar Garden was recognized in May 2020 as an environmental innovator for its local energy development, solar model, and impact for low-income communities.

Catalyzing a shift in sourcing food for hunger relief organizations

Catching up with Nikki Warner from The Good Acre was a lot of fun and filled me with hope. I am inspired by creative community leaders who are able to pivot quickly when funding and needs shift while keeping true…

Talking climate action and district energy with the City of Duluth and Ever-Green Energy

Three years ago, Ever-Green Energy and the City of Duluth began transforming a major portion of the city’s energy system, replacing 16 blocks of aged steam pipe in its district energy system with new hot water infrastructure. The project, which won a 2021 Environmental Initiative Award, has achieved significant emission reductions, with a nearly…

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