News & Ideas

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

Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy developed a resident-led program to adopt recycling best practices in apartments within neighborhoods identified as vulnerable to climate change.

Board Voices: An unexpected transformation with Environmental Initiative as a catalyst for personal change

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.

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.