Our Work

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

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Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Coalition

Environmental Initiative is working alongside BIPOC environmental justice leaders and mainstream environmental groups to incorporate environmental justice as a core to the work of the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

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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.

Environmental Justice Coordinating Council

The Environmental Justice Coordinating Council (EJCC) is a black and brown leadership base of environmental and social justice change-agents working cooperatively to understand and address environmental justice overburden in their communities.

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Insights & Impact Forums

Environmental Initiative's Insights & Impact forum series connects people from wide-ranging backgrounds to learn from each other and take action to make our communities healthy and equitable places to live, work, and thrive.

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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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Soil Health Farm Tour

A new self-guided tour is highlighting farmers in southeast Minnesota who are pursuing conservation practices on their operations. The goal is to showcase the benefits of these practices and encourage other farmers to seek out more information.

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.