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Welcome New (Old) Staff

September 9th, 2014

We have been fortunate at Environmental Initiative to welcome two long-time friends back to our staff, each to take on a brand new role that has never before existed in our organization.  The result is a big boost to our capabilities to build innovative partnerships and to deliver on their potential to achieve superior environmental outcomes.

In my last blog post, I re-introduced Bill Droessler, who has returned as our Senior Director of Strategic Project Planning. Bill has a special talent for bringing partners together around common cause, building the will to act collaboratively and helping them organize to reach toward shared solutions. I think of him as our chief architect for environmental partnerships.

I am now happy to announce the return of Ellen Gibson as our Senior Director of Projects and Programs. Just as important as building the EllenBlogcommitment to collaboration and action is the capacity of our organization to deliver positive results. The will to act is crucial, but the success of that action in achieving environmental outcomes is Environmental Initiative’s fundamental reason for being. We are all about the outcomes.

Ellen’s new role will be to serve as superintendent of all of our projects, including those that fall within our clean air, sustainability, and agriculture programs. All project and program staff now report directly or indirectly to Ellen, and she will be responsible for ensuring that we do our best work consistently and that we maximize the potential for positive change through each of our projects. Ellen brings leadership in project design and execution, capacity building, program evaluation and organizational learning.


Mike Harley


Executive Director

Antea Group: September Member of the Month

September 2nd, 2014

At Antea Group, we understand that every environmental challenge has a cause, an effect, and most importantly, a solution. As such, we are committed to the development of sustainable solutions that create value for our clients and partners at the intersectiopeople working togetehrn of business, environment, and society. And it is precisely this understanding and this commitment that led us to join Environmental Initiative during its infancy more than two decades ago.

As a founding member, and local Minnesota business, we are proud to have played an active role in the direction setting and operations of this organization. Additionally, we continue to see increasing value from our participation. The opportunity to collaborate with industry-leading and like-minded companies has allowed us to share our technical expertise as well as receive the multidisciplinary perspectives needed to drive innovative solutions.

“We have always believed in the power of partnerships,” says Gary Wisniewski, CEO of Antea Group USA. “In fact, partnership is one of the core values of our firm. Our involvement with Environmental Initiative has provided us the platform to build strong relationships that are invaluable in tackling complex environmental challenges.”

We are looking forward to Environmental Initiative’s upcoming sustainability-focused Business & Environment Expo. Through case study examples, Antea Group will contribute to the dialogue on how best to integrate sustainability into core business practices and illustrate how sustainable actions translate into long-term competitive advantage. We hope to see you there!

About Antea Group
Antea Group is an international engineering and environmental consulting firm specializing in full service solutions in the fields of environment, infrastructure, urban planning and water. With more than 3,000 employees in over 100 offices around the world, we serve clients ranging from global energy companies and manufacturers to national governments and local municipalities.


Paul Durkee


Senior Consultant, USA Antea Group
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