Environmental Initiative - Home

Archive for February, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up: Air Pollution

February 14th, 2014

Last week, the Clean Air Minnesota Work Group reconvened to continue prioritizing strategies to reduce emissions. We heard presentations about two possible ideas: expanding the use of alternative fuels and making investments in our urban forests. Note: you can check out the presentations here. The goal of Clean Air Minnesota is to translate good ideas into actual air quality projects that reduce ozone and fine particulate matter emissions.

The creativity of this group is inspiring and air quality has been on my mind as a result. Here’s the top content I’ve picked up on air quality and air pollution in recent weeks:

  1. More reasons to keep reducing emissions: EPA considers tightening the ozone standard to 60ppm (E&E Publishing).
  2. Oregon and California work to clean up older diesel vehicles (Portland Tribune).
  3. INFOGRAPHIC: A crackling fire may smell good, but it’s not good for you. (New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking).
  4. Target pays fine for diesel generator air pollution violations (Star Tribune).
  5. Air quality and health: Breathing air pollution during pregnancy may increase complications like preeclampsia (Daily News & Analysis: India).

At Environmental Initiative we’re dedicated to reducing emissions collaboratively in partnership with diverse stakeholders through our facilitation of the Clean Air Minnesota partnership. Learn more here »


Emily Franklin


Director of Communications

Meet Our Members: Flint Hills Resources

February 3rd, 2014

Environmental Initiative is excited to announce its first member of the month:  the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery.  Located in Rosemount, Minn., Pine Bend is a leading producer of transportation fuels used in the upper Midwest.  It has also been an Environmental Initiative member for more than a dozen years.Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery

Flint Hills Resources is a primary sponsor of the Environmental Initiative’s Clean Air Minnesota, which focuses on bringing businesses, nonprofits, and governments together to explore new opportunities for collaboration that will improve air quality in Minnesota.  It is also a founding sponsor of Project Green Fleet, our groundbreaking initiative to install pollution control equipment in thousands of Minnesota school buses, heavy-duty trucks, and other diesel vehicles.  Since the project began in 2005, it has earned a national Clean Air Excellence Award and has been recognized by the EPA as a national model for improving air quality.

This summer, we will complete the final 90 school bus retrofits in Minnesota.  And now, with an additional $1 million donation by Flint Hills Resources, we can focus on reducing particulate matter and ground-level ozone from other diesel vehicles, such as trucks, transit buses, trains, and construction equipment.

Thank you to Flint Hills Resources for all that you have done to support outstanding air quality in Minnesota!

A note from Environmental Initiative: We’ll be featuring information about one of our members each month on the Initiative blog and on our website. Contact Sacha Casillas at 612-334-3388 ext. 101 to learn more about this membership benefit.

Sacha Seymour-Anderson


Development Director
Environmental Initiative - Home