People

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

Stepping into the unknown is scary. Stepping into the unknown with the history of racism informing your worldview takes courage. Levi Brown, current Environmental Initiative board member, shares his story of transformation rooted in a meeting which led to unexpected insights and meaningful relationships.

Summer reflections: Tree trimming

Northside Safety NET intern Lillina Hood learned how to prune trees at a summer workshop at Camden Pond.

Summer reflections: Infrastructure maintenance

Northside Safety NET intern Gregory Wheeler learned about stormwater and green infrastructure during a summer session with the City of Minneapolis.

Summer reflections: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Northside Safety NET intern Chairish Byas learned to identify animals by footprint and planted flowers at the University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve this summer.

Board Voices: The bumpy road to transformation

Board member James Trice shares his experiences and observations of Environmental Initiative's transformation process and progress. The road is never smooth, and James encourages others to join the organization in partnership, fellowship, or sponsorship to travel together.

Youth as experts and emerging leaders

Northside Safety NET interns and Environmental Initiative staff recently celebrated the conclusion of Northside Safety NET’s pilot year. With a focus on "youth as experts" and developing leadership skills, the program offers great potential for growth and replication.