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What’s New at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair?

August 28th, 2012

Did you know the Eco Experience is the second most popular exhibit at the State Fair? (Second only to the Miracle of Birth Center). This is the seventh year the Eco Experience has been at the State Fair and it wouldn’t be possible without partnerships.

This exhibit is a partnership between the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota State Fair and more than 150 organizations and businesses across the state. This year all of the partners have done a great job pulling together the exhibit and we’ve brought in some new and exciting features. (more…)

Britt Gangeness

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Eco Experience Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Event Recap: Reducing Waste, From Cradle to Gate

August 22nd, 2012

In the sustainability world, waste management may not be quite as glamorous as some of its cousins – solar panels and raingardens are a little sexier than dumpsters! You never would have guessed it, though, at last Thursday’s Business & Environment Session, From Cradle to Gate: Managing Upstream Waste. The engaging speakers, reports on the effective waste reduction work of local Twin Cities businesses, and the buzz of small group discussions suggested that waste continues to be one of the biggest sustainability challenges – and areas of opportunity – for organizations today.

Many companies have specific waste reduction goals that are part of their sustainability initiatives, and often find that efforts to reduce waste can result in both environmental benefits and greater efficiency and cost savings. As they seek to maximize these benefits, organizations have recognized opportunities for waste reduction extending far beyond efforts taken within their four walls, and are focusing on minimizing waste throughout their supply chains.

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Georgia Rubenstein

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Senior Manager, Sustainability Program

The Hike to Consensus Continues For Parks and Trails

August 17th, 2012

Outdoor recreation participation has been on a downward trend nationwide since the 1990s. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, declines in activities like hunting, fishing, and boating among young adults and their children, are driving the changes. These challenges, as well as a set of strategies to overcome them, were identified in the Parks and Trails Legacy Plan. Over the next two decades, Minnesota parks and trails providers will play a crucial role in reversing these trends by helping connect people to nature-based outdoor recreation statewide.

The Parks and Trails Legacy Funding Work Group has also kept these challenges in mind as they work to develop a recommendation for Parks and Trails Legacy Funding. During the most recent meeting, agreement was reached on a series of ideas that will likely end up in the final recommendation. The group has decided to establish a small “Opportunity Fund” to support efforts to jointly market and coordinate parks and trails of state and regional significance managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails, and Metropolitan Regional Parks and Trails. (more…)

Emily Franklin

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Director of Communications

Going for the Green

August 10th, 2012

I love the Olympic Games. I truly enjoy watching the best athletes in the world swim, spike, flip, balance, and race against one another for gold, silver and bronze. In addition to being somewhat glued to the television over the past few weeks, I’ve also been interested in learning about how London has worked to reduce the environmental impact of the summer games.

The environmental impact of the Olympics is significant. Especially when you consider air travel to and from the games, constructing new facilities, and the amount of waste generated at the various events. For the London games, planners established lofty goals on everything from energy to water, to food and transportation, and even to social issues like health and employment. (more…)

Emily Franklin

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Director of Communications

Introducing Sacha Casillas, Director of Membership & Development

August 3rd, 2012

My name is Sacha Casillas and I am the newest staff member at Environmental Initiative. A little bit about myself: I have spent the last five years working for the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness as their Membership Director.

Before that I spent a year in Baja, Mexico participating in sea turtle conservation work with the School for Field Studies. My work in the environmental field all started at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, where I received my degree in environmental biology with minors in chemistry and Spanish.
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Sacha Seymour-Anderson

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Development Director
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