Introducing the Clean Air Assistance Project

  • October 5, 2016
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  • Bjorn Olson

Surprise! We launched a new project! Well, sort of…

Previously known as our Area Source Emission Reduction project, the Clean Air Assistance Project is an effort to connect businesses with grants and technical resources to voluntarily reduce air pollution.

Current resources are available through the City of MinneapolisMinnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the University of Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP), and Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MnOSHA). Environmental Initiative has provided “customer service” to businesses interested in leveraging these resources to voluntarily reduce their emissions. Our services ranged from business engagement and recruitment, grant application assistance, and overall project coordination between funders, vendors, and grantees. We’re still doing this work, but we felt that is was time for us to put our money where our mouth is.

With that, we are excited to announce that Environmental Initiative has additional funding to complement existing programs. Funds are available to businesses of all sizes, locations, and across industry sectors. You name it—auto shops in Alexandria, degreasers in Duluth, printers in Pipestone, and everything in between—they’re all eligible to participate.

Exciting, right? We thought so, too. That’s why we renamed this project to reflect the expansion. We’re hoping to raise additional funds to increases our impact, expand outreach to additional geographical areas and businesses, and further reduce air pollution across the state.

Environmental Initiative is leading the Clean Air Assistance Project, which operates under the umbrella of Clean Air Minnesota, a coalition of diverse partners working toward a common goal of 10% statewide emission reductions.

Through existing grant programs and Environmental Initiative outreach, the combined efforts of Clean Air Minnesota partners have eliminated more than 25 tons of the ozone-forming emissions known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

At the same time, these programs invested over $800,000 in businesses that embraced cutting-edge technologies as well as materials that position them on the forefront of innovative sustainability. Take a minute to watch this video from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency about businesses who’ve upgraded equipment or processes for cleaner air:

We’re proud to offer resources that promote sustainable and tangible solutions to our environmental, economic, and public health challenges.