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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.

Improving recycling through community-led initiatives

The Apartment Recycling Specialist Program, winner of our 2022 Environmental Innovation Award, has increased community engagement around recycling in apartment complexes within neighborhoods identified as more vulnerable to climate change. We chatted with Shannon Conk, community engagement coordinator for Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy, to learn more about the 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.

Finding new ways to support manufactured home park residents

Joel Haskard, co-director of the Clean Energy Resources Team (CERTs) spoke with us about the group's work to reduce energy use and increase safety in manufactured home parks.