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On the Path: Minnesota’s Parks and Trails

June 28th, 2012

Last week, the Parks and Trails Legacy Funding Project Work Group reconvened for the second of six meetings. Their goal is to develop consensus recommendations that can serve as a model for Parks and Trails Legacy Fund allocations for the FY 2014-2015 biennium and beyond.

We met at Cleary Lake Regional Park on a sunny, summer morning. When I arrived, the trails were full of bikers and the visitor center was bustling. I have to admit I was a little bit jealous of the bikers. It was a perfect morning for a ride, but we had a full agenda and lots of work to get done.

The goal of the meeting was for Work Group members to continue to learn about each of the parks and trails provider organizations in Minnesota and to begin brainstorming recommendations for funding allocations.


Emily Franklin


Director of Communications

2012 Environmental Initiative Awards – Photos and Recap

June 22nd, 2012

This year’s rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of attendees at the 2012 Environmental Initiative Awards – on May 24th, over 340 people attended this event to honor the important work people are doing across the state to improve Minnesota’s environment.

Partnership-based projects from around the state were nominated for this year’s awards. And from those nominations, our group of fifteen judges had the difficult task of choosing our 2012 finalists and winners.


Andrea Robbins


Director, Engagement and Systems

3,500 Retrofits and Counting!

June 15th, 2012

With all the news these days about the possibility of tightening federal air quality standards, I am proud to be part of a team that helps bring voluntary, quantifiable and proactive emissions reductions to our great state of Minnesota. It is refreshing to see a viable and successful program working with private businesses, local municipalities, fellow nonprofit organizations as well as state, federal, local and tribal units of government to bring good things to the state. (more…)

Eric David


Program Manager, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Clean Air Work Group Finds Consensus Around Federal Ozone Program

June 4th, 2012

As director of Environmental Initiative’s dialogue work, I am always pleased when a work group achieves consensus.  It is a rare thing when a diverse group of stakeholders can sit around a table discussing a complex environmental problem, such as what to do about air emissions, and come to an agreement. 

Indeed, in our increasingly hyper-partisan world, the idea that people with differing viewpoints and diverse political and social backgrounds can come together and agree on anything is a rarity. However, I am pleased to announce that such a moment happened in our most recent Minnesota’s Clean Air Dialogue (MNCAD) Work Group meeting.


Mark Lundgren


Director of Environmental Projects

GRI Training Comes to Minneapolis for the First Time

June 1st, 2012

Environmental Initiative’s Business and Environment Series is building momentum to integrate sustainability into operational strategy. But how do we reliably measure our current impact, track progress, and determine where to focus our efforts?

The Carlson School of Management and Net Impact Minneapolis are excited to announce a groundbreaking opportunity for GRI Certification.  Taught by ISOS Group, this special two-day Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Training will be held for the first time in Minneapolis on July 19-20.


Sally Mills


Owner, Triple Green Solutions, LLC and Board Member, Net Impact Minneapolis
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