Our Work

We implement in-community projects to improve environmental, economic, and public health outcomes.

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Clean Air Assistance Project

Environmental Initiative, government agencies, and nonprofits connect business owners with financial and technical resources to reduce air pollution.

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Clean Air Minnesota

Air quality leaders are working to voluntarily reduce emissions from less regulated sources of air pollution like cars, trucks, small businesses, and residences.

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Environmental Initiative Awards

The Environmental Initiative Awards is our annual recognition program that celebrates people and projects working in partnership at the nexus of a healthy environment, a prosperous economy, and an equitable society.

Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership

The Headwaters Agriculture Sustainability Partnership incubates new ideas to help farmers make changes that will result in both economic and environmental benefits.

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Midwest Row Crop Collaborative

Administered by Environmental Initiative, the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative designs, funds, and implements cutting-edge programs that demonstrate the benefits of regenerative agricultural practices.

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Northside Safety NET

Environmental Initiative coordinates an environmental justice internship program for a cohort of North Minneapolis youth in partnership with public, private, and nonprofit partners.

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Project Clean Air Repair

Environmental Initiative and partner car repair shops are reducing emissions by identifying and fixing vehicle exhaust systems in cars owned by people with lower incomes.

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Project Green Fleet

Environmental Initiative partners with fleet owners and operators to upgrade older diesel vehicles and equipment with newer models that release fewer emissions.

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Project Stove Swap

Project Stove Swap connects people with local stores selling wood stoves in order to exchange an inefficient wood stove for a new, cleaner-burning model.

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Source Water Protection Collaborative

The Source Water Protection Collaborative brings together individuals who have expertise in source water, public health, or community outreach and engagement to develop innovative ways to promote land use which protects our sources of drinking water.

Sustainable Growth Coalition

Nearly 30 businesses and organizations are harnessing their expertise and building the vision and action steps required to achieve a fully realized circular economy.