Tools & Guides

Lessons learned and how-to resources for improving water quality, tracking sustainability, reducing waste, and changing systems.

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Electrifying your corporate fleet

Members of the Sustainable Growth Coalition conducted a landscape scan to identify resources for transitioning corporate fleets into electric vehicles.

Schefers Brothers Dairy: HASP Return on Investment

The Schefer brothers joined the return-on-investment program in part to learn how their practices measured up against traditional practices. Learn more about their conservation journey.

Jer-Lindy Farm: HASP Return on Investment

The Jennissen family shares a dream that Jer-Lindy farm can sustainably support Redhead Creamery production growth. Explore how they are working to achieve that vision.

Art and water repository

The Source Water Protection Collaborative recently hired an artist-in-residence to engage members of a rural Minnesota community around protecting drinking water sources. This repository acts as a guide for working with artists and creating artist residencies.

Mergen Acres: HASP Return on Investment

Ben Mergen shares his insights on working into incorporating conservation practices on a farm. Explore the ways he has found sustainable practices that increase his farm's productivity and profits.

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Kuechle Dairy: HASP Return on Investment

The Kuechle siblings operate a third-generation dairy farm, plan to add cover crops into their rotation, and want to learn more about resources from partners and other farmers in the HASP return-on-investment program.

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Blue Diamond Dairy: HASP Return on Investment

The Frericks of Blue Diamond Dairy believe everything they do is conservation minded. Explore the ways this first-generation dairy-farming family has implemented sustainable practices to increase productivity and profits.

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HASP Return on Investment project

Two of ten project farmers with integrated dairy operations in Minnesota are highlighted in the 2022 report which analyzes the relationship between on-farm conservation and finances.

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Brewing a sustainable future: Solutions for spent grain

The Brewing a Sustainable Future partnership with the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild engaged Minnesota’s robust craft brewing and distilling industries to secure sustainable solutions for spent grain disposal.

Corporate Guide to Sustainable Landscaping

Leading businesses and organizations are capturing value by turning corporate properties and potentially under-valued landscapes into productive, biologically diverse areas.

C.H Robinson: Calculating carbon emissions for sustainable supply chains

Sustainable Growth Coalition member C.H. Robinson’s recent efforts include Emissions IQ to help customers track their supply chain's transportation emissions and carbon footprint.

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HealthPartners: Promoting circularity and building a business case

At HealthPartners, the secret sauce for achieving circularity is in senior leadership support, strategic partnerships, accountability, and a strong connection to its mission.

Utility/Customer collaboration on uniform GHG and renewable energy reporting

Sustainable Growth Coalition members developed resources to streamline members’ sustainability reporting.

Blue Cross: Policy levers for changing systems to build a circular economy

Explore ways that executive leaders and corporations can influence public policy through their actions.

Schlangen Family Farm: HASP Return on Investment

Steve Schlangen believes that farming is about being open-minded and finding continuous improvement. Explore the ways he has found sustainable practices that increase his farm's productivity and profits.

Kerfeld Hill-View Farm: HASP Return on Investment

Technology and best practices are constantly changing. Learn how Tim Kerfeld is keeping up with the changes to leave a healthier farm for the next generation of his family.

Mill Creek Dairy Farm: HASP Return on Investment

Tom Gregory has noticed increased biodiversity since committing to conservation practices. Learn what he's done to leave the land more productive and naturally abundant for his children and grandchildren.

Circularity Toolkit

The Circularity Toolkit prepared by members of the Sustainable Growth Coalition offers examples of multi-national corporations investing in circularity with global implications and small-to-medium-sized businesses actively integrating circular principles to meet regional needs.

Tennant: Creating circularity through customer-focused RECON program

Reconditioning equipment uses less energy and fewer components. By offering a refurbished product, Tennant is reducing their overall resource footprint.

Uponor: Sustainability leadership elevated

Uponor's sustainability staff began reporting directly to company leadership, increasing their impact and influence. The change acknowledges the growing importance of sustainability to corporate strategy.

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Blue Cross: Leveraging organizational assets to invest in healthy communities

Giving Garden partnerships engage employees, respond to community needs, and address systemic racial and health equity issues.