Clean Air Minnesota

Meet the Clean Air Minnesota co-chairs

Meet the co-chairs of Clean Air Minnesota, Jon Hunter and Tony Kwilas. The two have worked on air quality throughout their careers. As chairs, they advise the work pursued by Clean Air Minnesota to reduce air pollutants.

Our role in helping reduce air emissions

An overview of some of the air work convened by Environmental Initiative. These programs help reduce pollutants through numerous avenues, including helping small businesses secure funding to replace sources of emissions with cleaner alternatives and educating groups on air quality standards and sources of pollution.

Clean Air Minnesota participates in EPA program

The Clean Air Minnesota partnership is now participating in the Advance Program offered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Participation in the program is designed to provide tools and resources needed to improve air quality and public health outcomes.

New research reinforces need for emissions reductions, Clean Air Minnesota

Over the past several weeks, new research has added to growing bodies of evidence demonstrating the catastrophic consequences of air pollution and inequitable distribution of impacts along racial and socioeconomic lines. Each time studies like these are published,…

East Metro businesses prevent pollution through voluntary upgrades

Many small businesses, including auto body shops and dry cleaners emit at least some chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. These chemicals are harmful to human health. VOCs also react with other gases to form other air pollutants when released into the air. Improving health and safety is why Environmental Initiative…

Dry cleaner cost share program launched

Perchloroethylene or “perc” is a hazardous solvent once commonly used in dry cleaning operations. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed HF91, a bipartisan bill banning a harmful dry cleaning solvent into law during 2021. In addition to the chemical ban, the bill…

Air Quality Awareness Week: Highlighting our work

It’s the first week of May, the weather is starting to warm, spring is in full swing, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Awareness Week. Clean Air Minnesota has been busy this year with partnerships to…

Project CAR and Newgate School share a unique partnership

For approximately 30 young adults each year, training through Newgate School represents a path to a higher paying job and more stability for themselves and their families. Newgate School in Minneapolis offers free training to lower income students in auto body or auto…

Powerful partnerships guide Clean Air Minnesota on path to success in 2020 (and beyond)

Air quality across Minnesota is relatively good but there’s still room for improvement. Clean Air Minnesota aims to continue to reduce emissions by targeting sources that aren’t regulated or permitted. Some contributors to poor air quality are the fumes from an older, high-polluting car, the diesel engine school bus in front of you…