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Next time you are passing by I-494 and Highway 169…

February 29th, 2012

Be sure and check out the crane on the southwest corner that’s now running cleaner and greener thanks to Project Green Fleet! The crane pictured below, owned by Edward Kraemer & Sons, is currently being repowered.

That means we are removing the existing 1979 engine, which wasn’t subject to any federal emissions regulations when it was built, and replacing it with a new Tier 3 engine. This new engine will reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by approximately 82% and uses substantially less fuel than the original engine. Visit the Initiative blog again in a few weeks to see before and after pictures! (more…)

Eric David


Program Manager, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Call for Nominations: 2012 Environmental Initiative Awards

February 22nd, 2012

It’s hard to believe in the middle of February, but we’re already gearing up for one of our favorite times of year – the Environmental Initiative Awards! Nominations are now being accepted in five categories, finalists will be announced in April, and winners will be announced at the awards dinner on May 24. Don’t miss your chance to recognize a project that has achieved positive environmental outcomes through partnership! (more…)

Andrea Robbins


Director, Engagement and Systems

You Say It’s Our Birthday?

February 13th, 2012

Environmental Initiative turns 20 this month, and I am proud to kick off our year of celebration with this post. Between now and the end of the year, we’ll invite you to share stories from the front lines of our work, we’ll reflect on what we have accomplished but also where we need to go in the future, and of course, we’ll throw a few parties!

If you know us well, then you may not be surprised to hear that we struggled with how big a deal to make of this anniversary. We’re a pragmatic group of people, with a laser beam focus on unlocking the potential of partnership to improve our environment. What this means is that we put our projects and our partners out in front and have only rarely taken the time to talk about ourselves or to reflect on our successes. Years ago one of our staff described our organization’s mind frame vividly by saying that we aren’t into “excessive celebration.” Who has time for that when there’s always more work to do? (more…)

Mike Harley


Executive Director

Installation, Independence, Education: A Solar Panel Story

February 3rd, 2012

Part of my story goes like this: On January 10th, my recently installed solar panels generated 12.8 kW-hours of electricity!   That was about two-thirds the power my family of six and third floor renter consumed.

That’s not bad for early January.  I do look forward to the long days of summer when we’ll generate more electricity than we use, share it with our neighbors and proudly proclaim our environmentally friendly independence from the electrical grid! (more…)

Steve Cerkvenik


Owner, Great Northern Communications
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