Recently, the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition announced that we had affirmed our Steering Committee. This Committee is committed to guiding and steering the Coalition as we begin to act on our Clean Energy Vision and other focus areas of water and materials. In addition, these leaders will guide our multi-year planning, ensure members’ voices are heard, inform our membership strategy and help advancing the Coalition’s vision. Learn more about them in their bios below!
Diane Curelli is responsible for helping develop global manufacturing sustainability strategies to enable General Mill’s Sustainability goals, writing environmental and sustainability standards and managing process safety management compliance for global refrigeration systems. In addition, Diane is currently leading General Mill’s Zero Waste to Landfill initiative, is responsible for the corporate Scope 1&2 greenhouse gas accounting, manages the environmental metric data system and supports efforts to reduce the overall environmental risk for the corporation. Diane has over 10 years of environmental, health and safety and sustainability experience with federal and state governments and multinational Fortune 500 companies; her past five years have been with General Mills. Diane earned a BA in Geology and a Master of Science degree in Environmental, Health and Safety — both from the University of Minnesota, Duluth — and is Certified Safety Professional. In her free time, Diane enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors training for her next half marathon or playing in the mountains.
Dana A. Slade is the Director of Sustainability Programs for HealthPartners. In this role, Dana is responsible for managing HealthPartners’ comprehensive set of sustainability programs. He also is responsible for facilitating the enterprise sustainability steering committee and is a member and co-leader of the organization’s green teams and sustainability working groups. Prior to joining HealthPartners, he worked in the environmental and compliance management field for over 20 years, primarily in the energy sector. He has extensive experience in regulatory negotiations and is very well versed in leading teams to accomplish diverse goals.
Shane Stennes is the Director of Sustainability for the University of Minnesota. His principal responsibility is the implementation of the Board of Regents’ policy Sustainability and Energy Efficiency through the integration of sustainability into operational goals and practices. He works with University staff, students and faculty to advance campus sustainability, particularly as relates to energy, food, construction, transportation, water and waste management systems. He is also responsible for campus sustainability reporting, the campus Climate Action Plan and Second Nature Carbon Commitment, engaging the campus community in sustainability initiatives and targeted project and program management. Apart from six years in the Eastern United States, he’s been a life long resident of Minnesota. He was born in the Red River Valley and grew up in Baudette, Minnesota, a small town in Lake of the Woods County on the Minnesota–Ontario border. He is married and has two children, ages 10 and 7. Growing up in a rural Minnesota and his family informs and drives much of his work as a sustainability professional.
Kevin White is the Operational Excellence Manager for 3M. Kevin currently manages the operational waste and water footprint of 3M’s manufacturing facilities worldwide, driving improvements in data visibility, re-use opportunities and technology needs to directly impact how 3M manufactures its products. With a background in operations — from chemical manufacturing to traditional power plant management to nuclear power plant operational training — Kevin looks for creative, technical solutions to common, difficult operational obstacles, often crossing industries and technologies to identify best practices for replication. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Honors English from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. Kevin served for eight years in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer prior to his time with 3M and is currently heavily involved in several equitable social outcome groups focusing on homelessness and veteran services. His role in Corporate Environmental Operations in 3M has allowed Kevin to more holistically approach the strategy necessary for 3M to be a leader in sustainability.
As manager of brand and corporate social responsibility for Uponor North America, Erin Woodward designs and executes the strategic roadmap to ensure the company remains a model corporate steward within its communities. In addition to managing Uponor’s robust employee engagement programs, she plays an instrumental role in building sustainability strategies that enhance brand loyalty and customer experience. Woodward serves on the development committee of the nonprofit organization Girls on the Run Twin Cities and stays active herself chasing after her young son, Cooper.