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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…

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…

Powerful partnerships guide Clean Air Minnesota on path to success in 2020 (and beyond)

Air quality across Minnesota is relatively good but there’s still room for improvement. Clean Air Minnesota aims to continue to reduce emissions by targeting sources that aren’t regulated or permitted. Some contributors to poor air quality are the fumes from an older, high-polluting car, the diesel engine school bus in front of you…

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…

Sustainable Growth Coalition testifies on business case for clean energy and climate at Minnesota Senate and House committees

On Thursday, Jan. 14, members of the Sustainable Growth Coalition testified about their organization’s commitments to climate and clean energy and the resulting benefits with legislators of the Minnesota House Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division and the Minnesota Senate Energy and…