CONGRATULATIONS 2015 AWARD FINALISTS

  • March 18, 2015
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  • Andrea Robbins

This is one of my favorite blog posts to write each year! Congratulations to the outstanding projects and partnerships selected as the 2015 Environmental Initiative Award finalists.2015 Awards Logo

Earlier this week a group of seventeen judges from business, government, and nonprofit organizations met to discuss project nominations from all over the state. They selected three finalist projects in each category (and one winner). Winners will be announced “Academy Award Style” on Thursday, May 21 at Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. Check out this year’s group of inspiring projects below:

COMMUNITY ACTION

Judges: Tracy Babler-Nordquist, Tracy Babler & Associates; Katie Galloway, Aveda Corporation; Jason Willett, Metropolitan Council

ENERGY AND CLIMATE

Judges: Annie Perkins, Andersen Corporation; Anu Ramaswami, University of Minnesota

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Judges: Sam Hanson, Minnesota Waste Wise; Shri Ramaswamy, University of Minnesota; Lark Weller, National Park Service

FOOD STEWARDSHIP

Judges: Christina Nicholson, Mississippi Market; Julie Mackenzie, Mindsailing, Farmer; Emily Torgrimson, Eat for Equity

NATURAL RESOURCES

Judges: Mark Lundgren, MSA Professional Services; Joe Otte, Wenck Associates; John Pearson, Minnesota Public Radio

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

Judges: Sarah Braman, Dakota County; Thaddeus Owen, Herman Miller; Bob Warner, Warners’ Stellian

Congratulations to this outstanding group of finalists! Thanks to the judges who shared their time with us. I would also like to thank Medtronic for hosting our judging event, as they have for many, many years. Thank you, Medtronic!

Finally, I hope you will join more than 450 environmental leaders for networking, dinner, and a celebration of Minnesota’s most innovative and collaborative success stories of the year. The big party is on Thursday, May 21st. Full tables (seating 10) and individual tickets are on sale now – Friday, May 8. Don’t miss it!