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East Metro businesses prevent pollution through voluntary upgrades

Many small businesses, including auto body shops and dry cleaners emit at least some chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. These chemicals are harmful to human health. VOCs also react with other gases to form other air pollutants when released into the air. Improving health and safety is why Environmental Initiative…

Project CAR celebrates 100 repairs at The Lift Garage

Every car owner knows the stress of seeing the check engine light glow red on the dashboard. Suddenly, any normal day is taken over by concerns of finding a repair shop and the potential costs of an unknown repair. For…

Dry cleaner cost share program launched

Perchloroethylene or “perc” is a hazardous solvent once commonly used in dry cleaning operations. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed HF91, a bipartisan bill banning a harmful dry cleaning solvent into law during 2021. In addition to the chemical ban, the bill…

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…

Policy Forum recap: Community science, technology, and playing nice in the sandbox

Last week, Environmental Initiative hosted its first policy forum of 2021 on Gather.town and Crowdcast. The session, Community Science, Technology, and Playing Nice in the Sandbox brought together: Brandy Toft, Environmental Deputy Director, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Chris Nelson, Environmental Compliance Director,…

Corporate leadership in community building for equity and sustainability

In December 2020, the Sustainable Growth Coalition convened a cross-functional group of C-suite leaders to explore the relationship between equity and sustainability from local and global perspectives. Themes on this complex set of relationships emerged including: Organizations are expected to…

C.H. Robinson creates links in the chain of progress

C.H. Robinson started the year with incredible news – not only had we reached the halfway point to our goal to reducing carbon intensity 40% by 2025, but we had achieved this milestone earlier than anticipated. Strong progress such as…

Xcel Energy focused on essential change

For many of us, this past year made laser clear what we value most, and perhaps, what needs to change. That’s also true for organizations like Xcel Energy. We operate in an industry already undergoing significant transformation, driven by technology…