People

Incubating corporate innovation in 2022 and beyond

The Sustainable Growth Coalition shares what they accomplished in 2022 and what they have planned for 2023.

Northside Safety NET partners reflect and look into 2023

Our Northside Safety NET partners share their experience with the first year of the program and what they are looking forward to in the coming year.

Northside Safety NET gives youth a voice on community environmental justice work

Northside Safety NET, a holistic investment in the educational journey of nine students living in North Minneapolis, is wrapping up its first year of programming.

Invest in North Minneapolis: Incorporating community values into thoughtful design

Youth in the Northside Safety NET program, University of Minnesota architecture students and professionals, and Northside residents worked together to infuse the community's values and experiences into thoughtful architecture and urban design. 

The joy of meaningful connection

Executive director Mike Harley writes about interdependence and the transformative experiences that await each of us when we say "yes" to new relationships.

Summer reflections: Gravel Bed Nursery

Northside Safety NET intern Paris Beasley visited Gravel Bed Nursery this summer to learn all about trees, from how they survive in gravel to how they can die by Dutch Elm Disease.

Centering BIPOC experiences and our connection to nature

Tamara Few, recipient of the 2022 Environmental Initiative critical collaborator award, works to make safe spaces in the outdoors for BIPOC folks to heal, connect, and find joy.

Summer reflections: Celestial Gardens design and implementation

Northside Safety NET intern Evette Eaton helped create a community garden with Celestial Gardens this summer.

Summer reflections: Sustainable landscape training and pollinator survey

Intern Micah Beasley pet bees and pulled weeds this summer with Metro Blooms as part of the Northside Safety NET program.

Board Voices: An unexpected transformation with Environmental Initiative as a catalyst for personal change

Levi Brown, current Environmental Initiative board member, shares his story of transformation rooted in a meeting which led to unexpected insights and meaningful relationships.