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The past, present and future of environmental leaders

May 16th, 2017

So you may have heard… but Environmental Initiative turns 25 this year. What you may not have heard is that we’re using our anniversary to bring together leaders in our community not only at the Awards, but also in a series of gatherings.

We’re calling these get-togethers “Champions Gatherings,” and we’re having several of them this year to hear from folks like you about our work, your work and the environmental community.

The topics for these Champions Gatherings include:

  • The history of Environmental Initiative
  • A cross-generational conversation with Critical Collaborators and Emerging Leaders
  • Keeping Minnesota’s air clean: where we’ve been and where we’re going
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Environmental Initiative’s future work

CRITICAL COLLABORATORS AND EMERGING LEADERS

We had our second of five champions gatherings last week that focused on celebrating the nominees from the Emerging Leader and Critical Collaborator categories for the 25th Anniversary Environmental Initiative Awards.

If you have been involved with Environmental Initiative for a while or have ever been to the Awards, you know we have never honored individual leaders at this event. We always focus on the collaboration of the projects. But what all those nominated projects have in common is people! So, we thought our 25th anniversary should celebrate some of the great people in our community that are making this work happen.

We had more than 30 nominees for the two categories, but we knew that not all the nominees knew each other. We certainly didn’t know all of them! We thought: what better way to get them all to come together ad learn from each other than by having a happy hour in our office?

At the celebration, nominees and staff got to know each other and congratulate one another on their amazing work. It was amazing to see the inter-generational connections that were made in the room between environmental veterans and those maybe just starting out.

We hope everyone who attended had a great time, made new connections, and felt celebrated. We want to thank all the nominees for the work they have done and will continue to do. Minnesota’s environmental would not be where it is today if it were not for all the work you have done.


A note from Environmental Initiative:
We still have three more gatherings this year. If you are interested in attending or learning more about these events, please contact me at sseymour@en-in.org.

Sacha Seymour-Anderson

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Development Director

Introducing Sacha Casillas, Director of Membership & Development

August 3rd, 2012

My name is Sacha Casillas and I am the newest staff member at Environmental Initiative. A little bit about myself: I have spent the last five years working for the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness as their Membership Director.

Before that I spent a year in Baja, Mexico participating in sea turtle conservation work with the School for Field Studies. My work in the environmental field all started at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, where I received my degree in environmental biology with minors in chemistry and Spanish.
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Sacha Seymour-Anderson

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Development Director

If You Build It, Will They Come? – Transit Oriented Development in the Twin Cities

July 3rd, 2012

Just because you build it does not mean they will come. That was perhaps the primary insight echoed this past Monday at the Wilder Center by a stellar set of speakers at the first event in our 2012 Policy Forum Series. The speakers represented a range of both public and private stakeholder groups, all of whom play a role in development along our region’s transit lines.

The key question the speakers addressed was, “What do we need to do – as a region and as individual organizations – to ensure a strong return on investment (ROI) in transit?” Their answers ranged from more support for stable, long-term funding; to cultivating greater acceptance of dense development; to finding entirely new language to talk about the benefits of communities that are walkable and accessible to job centers (i.e. dropping the wonky term “transit oriented development,” or “TOD”).

It is clear that in the last decade our region has made incredible progress in developing a robust transit network and catching up with other, similar-sized urban areas. But, we also have a long way to go to engage all communities, explore the relationship between transportation options and economic development, and develop a strong, cohesive vision for the kind of region that we all want to live in. (more…)

Meleah Houseknecht

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Associate Director, Environmental Policy
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