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2015 Environmental Initiative Award Winnners Announced

May 22nd, 2015

I’m excited to announce the winners of the 2015 Environmental Initiative Awards. For those of you who attended the event, thank you for spending the evening with us to celebrate. We lucked out again with spectacular weather and even better company. On behalf of Environmental Initiative I’d like to extend a special thanks to Tom Weber from MPR News for serving as the evening’s emcee.

And, be sure to check out some of the fantastic photos, tweets, and posts that were shared here.
(Great work with the table selfies, everybody!)

Congratulations to this year’s group of winning projects, and to the finalists, whose work is truly inspiring and we’re honored to share:

Manston Slough Restoration »

Morris Engaged: Planning and Action for Climate Resilience »

Project Standing Sun »

Master Water Stewards »

Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program »

Manston Slough Restoration »

Tiny Diner »

The Environmental Initiative Awards annually honor innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership. From large statewide efforts to small-scale locally based projects, many of Minnesota’s most innovative environmental efforts have succeeded as a result of collaboration. Learn more »

Andrea Robbins


Director, Engagement and Systems

Member of the Month: Waste Management

May 7th, 2015

Waste Management has been a proud member and sponsor of Environmental Initiative since 2009.  In the past, Waste Management was the Series Sponsor of the Business & Environment Series, which helped Environmental Initiative grow the program into what it is today.  Waste Management has also been a sponsor of the Environmental Initiative Awards. We are so happy for their continued membership support.

A little bit about Waste Management:
Waste Management is the largest recycler and waste services provider in Minnesota, recycling nearly 250,000 tons of material per year at the Twin Cities Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Minneapolis.  Waste Management also brought single sort recycling to Minnesota in 2002. Due to its ease and convenience, single sort increases participation in recycling and increases the recycling rate dramatically. The Twin Cities MRF is the top Waste Management performing recycling facility in the nation.

Waste Management has embraced renewable fuels with its transformation to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations and fleet.  Locally, the company has 2 fueling stations and over 100 CNG trucks, which result in cleaner, quieter collection of recyclables and trash.  Nationally, Waste Management has over 50 CNG fueling stations and has decreased truck emissions by over 15%.

With the largest network of recycling facilities, transfer stations and landfills in the industry, Waste Management’s entire business can adapt to meet the needs of every distinct customer group. For the seventh consecutive year, Waste Management was named one of the world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere Institute, a research based organization that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and compliance.  Ethisphere recognizes companies “that truly go beyond making statements about doing business ethically, and translates those words into  action.”

Finally, Waste Management is also a renewable energy provider, producing more than twice the amount of renewable electricity than the entire US solar industry. One of the ways Waste Management does this is by recovering the naturally occurring gas inside landfills to generate electricity, called landfill-gas-to-energy. All three of Waste Management’s landfills in Minnesota have gas collection and recovery systems and agreements to sell the electricity to utilities to meet state renewable energy goals.

For more on Waste Management’s sustainability efforts visit: http://www.wm.com/sustainability/index.jsp.

Thank you, Waste Management for your continued support of Environmental Initiative and we look forward to our future partnerships.

Sacha Seymour-Anderson


Development Director
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