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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…

Forecasting for better air quality: The impact of air monitors on tribal lands in Minnesota

When we think of Minnesota, we think a lot about the water. We’re known for our lakes and the headwaters of the Mississippi so people may overlook the fact that our air quality is also overall pretty great. Great air…

How Blue Cross is impacting racial and health equity through environmental sustainability

The devastation of dual public health crises, COVID-19 and racism are rooted in systemic inequities. This is true for the less talked about environmental crisis, which research shows is exacting a heavy toll on the health of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) communities. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of…

Choose action over despair

The news of Daunte Wright’s killing at the hands of police has left me fighting a deep feeling of despair. This reaction goes far beyond sadness and it frightens me for its potential to overwhelm and paralyze me. I know…

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…

C-Suite leadership on equity within sustainability

For many, the urgency began after George Floyd’s killing. For others, May 2020 was another month in a long process of defining the relationship between racial equity and environmental sustainability. For all, a commitment to transparency and action…

Relationship is the force that heals division

It was late afternoon on the day of the insurrection at our Nation’s Capital, and I was surprised to hear that the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative event was to go on as planned. Our organization holds events ourselves, and…

Sustainable Growth Coalition: 2020 – a year of successes

As I reflect on 2020, I felt incredibly grateful for being able to work on issues core to making the world better for people and our well-being. I am fortunate to think about circularity, climate and sustainability daily and how…

The differences in our work

Like many in this time of COVID-required isolation and election-inspired connectedness, I spent time on November 3 talking with friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to help myself make it through what I knew would be a long day. Around 9:30 p.m. on election day, many of the people I was communicating with around the country hit…

New vision and bold direction

Environmental Initiative’s board of directors adopted a new strategic plan in September! This five-year plan includes new vision, mission and values statements, as well as strategic pillars and objectives to guide our work. We feel energized with…