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2011: Year in Review

December 23rd, 2011

Phew! Where did the year go? 2011 has been a great year for us here at Environmental Initiative – we’ve been busy and have had a great time working with our partners on all kinds of projects.

Before we jump right into 2012, we’re taking some time to look back on what we’ve done over the past year.  In the spirit of the ubiquitous end-of-year top ten lists, here’s our own 2011 top ten countdown, complete with a slideshow!


Georgia Rubenstein


Senior Manager, Sustainability Program

High Performance Homes = Low Bills for Homeowners

December 16th, 2011

From the Environmental Initiative team: We have a rich history working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Through our former Resources for Redevelopment program, we collaborated with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to help redevelop and clean-up contaminated sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul so homes could be built on cleaned up sites. Environmental Initiative and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity also worked together to improve the sustainability of Habitat’s homes throughout their entire life cycle through a pilot green build in Crystal, MN. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity continues to build green. Learn more: http://www.tchabitat.org/green/home.

We were so excited to learn about the East Central Minnesota affiliate’s efforts to build energy-efficienct, environmentally responsible and affordable homes, we had to share it with you!


Roxy Helmeid


Communications VISTA, Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota

Support Environmental Initiative, Support Solutions

December 7th, 2011

I learned early in my legal career that I am not well-suited to be a litigator.  Frankly, I learned I’m not all that fond of lawyers.  We’re a generally disagreeable lot, prone to argument and confrontation – not a lot of fun to hang around with.

Even though I’m as game as the next person to argue politics or religion, I am professionally predisposed to finding common ground and solving problems.  I can be a strong advocate when necessary, but I believe we all are better off when we can find a result that works for everybody – or at least leaves everybody equally unhappy. (more…)


Attorney, Bloomberg & Podpeskar LLP and Environmental Initiative Board Member
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