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Catching Up With Minnesota GreenStep Cities

February 27th, 2013

With the deadline for 2013 Environmental Initiative Award submissions approaching on Friday, we wanted to get an update from GreenStep Cities — the project who won both Partnership of the Year and in the Sustainable Communities category at last year’s Environmental Initiative Awards. GreenStep Cities coordinator Phillip Muessig shares a little more about what GreenStep Cities is all about and what’s been happening since their win:

1. What is GreenStep Cities?

It’s really three programs in one: a voluntary challenge to cities to complete sustainability actions; assistance to help; and recognition from the League of Minnesota Cities. The goal is to help cities achieve their self-defined sustainability and quality-of-life goals by implementing best practices. We’ve researched thousands of ‘good things to do’ and pared them down to manageable size. Being coordinated out of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, it is a free continuous improvement program, managed by a public-private partnership. Each of 28 best practices can be implemented by completing one or more actions at a 1, 2 or 3-star level, from a list of four to eight actions. These actions are tailored to all Minnesota cities, focusing on cost savings and energy use reduction, as well as encouraging civic innovation. (more…)

Phillip Muessig


GreenStep Cities Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

BPA and Receipts – A Call for Businesses to Go Paperless

February 20th, 2013

Receipts and BPA – if this doesn’t ring a bell on environmental issues, it will soon. You may be able to find one in your pocket – take a look – many printed receipt papers contain a chemical called Bisphenol A, (or BPA for short). BPA is often used as an ink developer in thermal receipt paper and is a chemical that can cause human and environmental health hazards. It is on the Minnesota Department of Health’s list of Priority Chemicals, is listed is a chemical of concern for the State, and has been banned in children’s toys. However, BPA can still be found in receipt paper.

Recent studies have found individual thermal receipts from retailers and restaurants can contain a mass of BPA that is 250 to 1,000 times greater than the amount in a can of food. Other studies have confirmed that BPA in thermal papers is easily transferred onto the hands of those who handle the receipt.  While the rate of absorption through the skin is not completely known, those who handle receipts as part of their employment have been found to have higher amounts of BPA in their bodies than other people. More information can be found here. (more…)


LEED AP, Director of Environmental Procurement, Stratford

Create Your Member Login

February 19th, 2013

Over the past several months, Environmental Initiative has been transitioning to a new system to help us manage our fundraising, communications, and event registration functions. Our new system is in place and it will allow you to update your contact information, check which events you have registered for, and view your membership status. Sounds great right?

Like many other membership-based organizations, you will now need to create a login and password to update your contact information and ensure you receive member discounts for our events. It’s easy and just takes a few minutes.

To create your login:

  1. Click here and choose a login and password (the password must be at least 6 characters).
  2. Fill in your contact information
  3. Click submit and you’re done!  You will be sent a confirmation email.

Once you have created your login, keep it in a safe place and use it each time you register for an event, or when renewing your membership.

Creating your login will not only allow you to receive member discounts, but it will also automatically fill in your contact information when you register for an event – saving you a little time over the long run.

Thanks so much for being a member and for your patience as we make this transition! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or contact Andrea Robbins at 612-334-3388 ext. 109 with any questions.

Sacha Seymour-Anderson


Development Director

3 Rules for Partnership: A Farewell Post

February 7th, 2013

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
–Isaac Newton

Newton sums up my bittersweet feelings as I write about leaving Environmental Initiative to accept a position as the Energy Program Director for the Izaak Walton League of America. As a temporary steward of only a part of Environmental Initiative, I am now more acutely aware than ever of what we owe to those that built the foundation upon which we now work, and of how much I value my opportunity to expand the horizon for those still at Environmental Initiative and for those yet to come.

It has been an incredible run. I owe thanks to a great many people who have partnered with me on projects over the last ten years. There are too many people and organizations to thank, but I am overwhelmed and eternally grateful for the opportunities I had to try things. Environmental Initiative is poised for great success in 2013 and beyond. (more…)

Bill Droessler


Senior Director of Strategic Project Planning
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