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Northside Safety NET interns begin putting learning into action

Nine interns joined me and Jaycie Thomsen in November to form the 2021-22 cohort of Northside Safety NET. The year-long Environmental Justice Internship is led by Environmental Initiative. During the school year we meet after school and on…

Code red for humanity: Our response

The headlines on Monday, Aug. 9 were terrifying: “Code red for humanity,” “Global climate crisis: inevitable, unprecedented and unavoidable,” and “Wake up to red alert on climate crisis.” We have been battered since early 2020 with a seemingly relentless stream…

Allianz Life survey shows sustainable investing is here to stay

At Allianz Life, we recognize that as an insurer and investor, we have a unique opportunity to bring about change on a local scale in the Twin Cities as well as on an international scale. We accomplish this through a…

For immediate release: Report trends show financial and environmental success for dairy farmers

Three Stearns County dairy farmers enroll in a project to measure the financial cost or benefit of conservation practices (Stearns County, Minn.) — Three Stearns County dairy farmers have experienced improved environmental impacts and lower financial costs while implementing conservation…

Valuing water: Showing principles through protection

This year, the theme of World Water Day—coming up on March 22—is valuing water. As the campaign says: “How we value water determines how water is managed and shared. The value of water is about much more than its price – water…

For immediate release: Dairy farmers share early financial and environmental successes

Three Stearns County dairy farmers enroll in a project to measure the financial cost or benefit of new conservation practices (Stearns County, Minn.) — Three Stearns County dairy farmers are featured in a new video about farm conservation and finances.

Working across systems for co-benefits

Environmental Initiative’s project and program work include numerous systems—agriculture, water, air, corporate sustainability, circular economy, and more. Often, these systems are treated distinctly in our dominant culture; I know that helps me think about levers to pull to create change without becoming overwhelmed. However, as I—and we as a society—get better at…

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…