News & Ideas

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.

Summer reflections: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Northside Safety NET intern Chairish Byas learned to identify animals by footprint and planted flowers at the University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve this summer.

Minneapolis works with auto shops to clear the air

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed an ordinance amendment requiring all autobody refinishers in the city to convert to either waterborne paint or low-volatile organic compound (VOC) paint.

Farmers building healthy soil featured on new regional tour

Nine farmers in southeast Minnesota are being featured on a new tour highlighting conversation practices that build and restore soil health.

Board Voices: The bumpy road to transformation

Board member James Trice shares his experiences and observations of Environmental Initiative's transformation process and progress.

Youth as experts and emerging leaders

Northside Safety NET interns and Environmental Initiative staff recently celebrated the conclusion of Northside Safety NET’s pilot year. With a focus on "youth as experts" and developing leadership skills, the program offers great potential for growth and replication.

Our role in Minnesota’s Climate Action Framework

The Walz Administration has released their Climate Action Framework, a vision for how Minnesota will address and prepare for climate change. Mike Harley shares examples of Environmental Initiative's commitments to collaborative action.