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300,000 Minnesota Students Breathing Easier

January 24th, 2013

While the deep chill that has descended upon Minnesota this week might leave some of us trying to catch our breath, over 300,000 students throughout the state are breathing easier every day knowing that the air is a little cleaner on their way to and from school.

Did you know that children are the most susceptible population to the hazards of diesel exhaust? This is because a child’s developing body has a higher metabolism, smaller airways and a faster breathing rate than an adult.

Of the known pollutants contained in diesel exhaust, fine particulate matter (or PM2.5) is of particular concern. These particulates are microscopic and can cause lung damage and premature death. Such tiny particles can also aggravate early onset asthma and bronchitis.


Eric David


Program Manager, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

2012 Campaign Wrap-Up

January 8th, 2013

We here at Environmental Initiative, have some great news to report…because of members like you, we exceeded our fall fundraising campaign goals.  Thank you!  We kicked off the campaign back on November 15 (on Give to the Max Day) with the goal to raise 120 donations from new, renewing, or extra gifts by December 31 to unlock a $10,000 challenge-matching fund that was established by our current and past Board of Directors.  We could not have accomplished this goal without your support of our work.  Thank you all again so much and here is to a great year in 2013.

Below is a list of our members that helped us exceed our goals:


Sacha Seymour-Anderson


Development Director

Policy Forum Recap: 2013 Legislative Preview

January 2nd, 2013

On Thursday, December 20, a bipartisan group of legislators along with a crowd of over 200 members of Minnesota’s environmental community gathered in downtown Saint Paul for our annual Legislative Preview Policy Forum. Each year, the event gives an audience from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors the chance to hear from Minnesota lawmakers about their environmental priorities for the coming legislative session.

A short presentation from Minnesota Management and Budget’s John Pollard and Michelle Mitchell highlighted future budget uncertainties the state will have to contend with this year. They also reminded us of the relatively tiny share of funding that is allocated to environment, energy, and natural resources (0.7 % of general fund spending, and 3.2% of total state spending).


Georgia Rubenstein


Senior Manager, Sustainability Program
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