Our Work

Building the partnerships needed to address complex environmental problems is our priority and our mission. Environmental Initiative has a range of capabilities to address environmental issues – meeting our partners where we are needed most. Learn more about the issues we’re working on below.

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Cedar River Watershed Partnership

The Cedar River Watershed Partnership provides farmers with tools and resources to help them adopt new farm management strategies that improve the soil, water, and economic health of their farms...

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Field Stewards

Field Stewards is a farmer-company partnership that protects water quality in a company’s own backyard while simultaneously furthering their business goals. It is a simple, low-cost program that takes steps...

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Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition

More than 30 businesses and organizations formed the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, a business led partnership harnessing their expertise to advance the next frontier of corporate sustainability – the circular economy.

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Project Green Fleet

Environmental Initiative’s Project Green Fleet (PGF) is a nationally award-winning, voluntary program that provides pollution control equipment for heavy diesel vehicles at low or no cost to participating fleets.

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Project Stove Swap

Environmental Initiative’s Project Stove Swap is a voluntary program that provides financial incentives to consumers and businesses to replace older wood heating appliances with more efficient, less-polluting technologies. Making the...

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High-emitting Vehicles Pilot Project

Environmental Initiative is partnering with two local nonprofit garages to pilot a project to reduce emissions from older passenger vehicles like cars and light-duty trucks. We’ll reduce emissions by targeting...

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Clean Air Assistance Project

Environmental Initiative is partnering with the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Minnesota Technical Assistance Program to connect businesses with the financial and technical resources available to voluntarily reduce air pollution.

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Clean Air Minnesota

Clean Air Minnesota is a diverse coalition of air quality leaders convened by Environmental Initiative who are working voluntarily and proactively to reduce air pollution. The overarching goal of Clean Air Minnesota...

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Agricultural Water Quality Solutions

On behalf of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), Environmental Initiative convened a group of key players in the agricultural sector to develop a set of policy recommendations and industry commitments...

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Regional Business Recycling Outreach

Through this project, Environmental Initiative helped regional and national chains, commercial property management company, and other multi-site business find the best resources for improved waste and recycling practices, free of charge.

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Waste Reduction Collaborative

Environmental Initiative convened Twin Cities businesses and organizations between 2013 - 2015 to work together reduce waste. In the first major overhaul of state recycling rules in more than twenty years, Twin Cities...

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Minnesota Department of Agriculture Pollinators Summit

Environmental Initiative and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) convened Minnesota’s insect pollinator experts and interested stakeholders—from beekeepers to landscapers to farmers—for a day of collaboration to identify solutions that will protect...

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Minnesota’s Clean Water Roadmap

Environmental Initiative convened leaders from the seven state agencies responsible for water management activities under the Clean Water Fund between May 2013 - May 2014 to identify what water resources...

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Minnesota’s Clean Air Dialouge

Environmental Initiative facilitated a conversation between leaders from business, government, and nonprofits to identify cost-effective strategies to improve air quality and avoid violation of federal air quality standards for fine...

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Agricultural Leadership Dialogue

The Agricultural Leadership Dialogue was an informal convening of leaders in the agricultural and environmental communities to discuss agricultural land management and water quality practices and interests.

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Parks and Trails Legacy Funding Project

Environmental Initiative partnered with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to facilitate convene and facilitate a working group of nine members to develop consensus recommendations for the allocation of the...

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