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Why I Give

November 30th, 2011

Having spent a big chunk of my career in the environmental arena – from policy-making to policy implementation to helping clients figure out how to adhere to policies – I am convinced of one thing:

There is no black and white. There is no one perfect resolution to most of the intractable challenges we face trying to balance environmental protection and the various demands of society.

I believe the best solutions – the ones that achieve the elusive balance between protecting our precious natural resources and providing economic opportunity – are reached only after people with various perspectives have shared their thoughts with each other, after each person has truly listened to understand and appreciate views different from their own. (more…)

Ann Glumac


Principal, Glumac Executive Enterprise & Environmental Initiative Board Member

A Big Day for Giving

November 15th, 2011

It is a big fundraising week in Minnesota. Give to the Max Day kicks off this Wednesday, November 16th and many nonprofit organizations are in the midst of year-end fundraising efforts. Yes, your email boxes will flood with all kinds of ‘Give to the Max’ day messages as organizations work to raise money to support their work. You might be thinking, ‘Make it stop! How many more emails about this will I get?!?!’

Email flooding aside, what happens in Minnesota on this day is nothing short of remarkable. Last year, more than 40,000 people raised over $10 million for thousands of Minnesota nonprofits through GiveMN.org on Give to the Max Day. That’s amazing!

Nonprofit organizations play an important role in our communities. We deliver essential services, protect our natural resources, enrich our neighborhoods, and improve our quality of life. In addition to the dollars that fund nonprofit programs, organizations also need flexible, unrestricted resources to thrive. (more…)

Emily Franklin


Director of Communications

Clean Water on a Heart and Soul Level: Policy Forum Recap

November 11th, 2011

A group of nearly 100 water quality experts and stakeholders joined the conversation this past Monday for our third policy forum of the year, “Working Together to Achieve Healthy Waters” at St. Cloud State University.

One thing that jumped out at me right away was the energy in the room as people arrived. It felt like a meeting of old friends. The engagement of people in the room on the “heart and soul level” for clean water that our friend and panelist Craig Lieser pointed out was certainly evident throughout the day in the energy and engagement of participants.

For those of you that could not make it out to the event, I want to share some takeaways and summary points that our excellent moderator Louis Smith kindly recapped at the end of the day. Here, in no particular order, were some of the key points from the day:


Mark Lundgren


Director of Environmental Projects

Practicing Product Stewardship: Business & Environment Session Recap

November 3rd, 2011

Last Tuesday, about 70 business leaders, sustainability practitioners, representatives from nonprofits and local and state government, and others joined Environmental Initiative for the third and final session of our 2011 Business & Environment Series. We were lucky to be hosted at Best Buy Co, Inc. headquarters – which we learned is the largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified corporate office, the biggest composter in Minnesota, AND houses the busiest Caribou Coffee!

Besides the sustainability features of their corporate campus, Best Buy has worked hard to become a leader in electronics recycling, pledging to collect one billion pounds of used electronics (or e-waste) over the next five years – and making their location ideal to discuss the topic of last week’s Business & Environment Session, product stewardship.


Georgia Rubenstein


Senior Manager, Sustainability Program
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