More than ever before companies are driven to make meaningful, positive impacts that address complex environmental and social issues across the globe. Minnesota has a proud leadership history addressing these challenges, but we’ve reached a new tipping point – one that encourages us to bring our talents and expertise together to tackle issues from natural resource scarcity and risk to changing customer preferences.
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.
Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition members are collaborating to:
Define the Circular Economy
Coalition members will work together to build the vision and action steps required to achieve a fully realized circular economy.
Develop Projects and Initiatives
To determine projects that move Minnesota towards a circular economy, the Coalition will evaluate options through stakeholder, environmental, economic, social wellness, and life cycle lenses. To start, collaborative projects will advance clean energy, convert organic waste into valuable resources, and protect or restore the natural water cycle.
Tell Our Story
Building our brand as a place that is safe, healthy, economically vibrant, and sustainable will advance the coalition’s goals while retaining and attracting new talent to the region.
The Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition recognizes that a circular economy can only exist if it is powered by 100% renewable energy. Members have selected clean energy as the initial priority for leadership and collaboration.
With this articulated vision and integrated approach, Coalition members will collaborate in a way that transforms our existing energy systems and moves us closer to a 100% clean energy economy.
Clean Energy Work
- Clean Energy Roadmap
- Renewables procurement
- Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Engagement
Greening Gray Infrastructure
In a circular economy, our infrastructure is restorative and mimics the efficient processes of the natural world. By greening our infrastructure, we will realize ongoing, equitable benefits in the form of improved human health, increased biodiversity, resilient systems, enhanced resources, and a high quality of life for everyone.
Greening Gray Infrastructure work
Organics - Materials
A circular economy aims to keep products and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. Waste does not exist when the biological and technical components (“materials”) of a product are designed to operate within a cycle. Shifting away from a linear model (extract, use, dispose) of waste has direct implications for businesses by refocusing efforts on designing durable goods that are easily disassembled, and developing efficient systems to take back, reuse or upcycle goods.
The Coalition will work together to advance effective product design and use of materials to maintain or increase technical and natural resources. We will employ a lifecycle approach to advancing innovation across product design, manufacturing processes, service and business models, food, farming, feedstocks and products.
Together, we will work to flip the traditional waste hierarchy (or “pyramid”) and create new systems and mechanisms to help our region reach and exceed its goal of diverting 75 percent of waste from landfill.
The Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition meets quarterly. Environmental Initiative convenes the partnership and provides staff support for the effort.
Becoming a Coalition Member
The Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition is currently accepting member applications from leading Minnesota businesses and organizations.
If advancing the circular economy through a diverse, collaborative effort is something your organization is interested in, please complete the following steps.
Step One: Information Requirements
Before beginning the application, please get acquainted with the Coalition’s mission and charter by reading the following documents:
- Executive Summary (PDF) »
- Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition Charter (PDF) »
- Membership Guidelines »
Step Two: Application Completion
The Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition member application is eleven questions long and should take roughly a half hour to complete. Progress cannot be saved, so it should be completed in one sitting. The Coalition is interested in knowing about your organization’s background, it’s ties to Minnesota, and current sustainability goals. Get started now »
Step Three: Application Review
The Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition has a Steering Committee that makes all decisions on membership. The Steering Committee will review applications on a quarterly basis and will notify applicants immediately of all decisions. Applicants will be notified when their applications have been received and will be made aware the timeline for Steering Committee decisions.
Questions about the application process, becoming a member, or member commitments can be directed to Sam Hanson at 612-334-3388 ext. 8111.