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April is EarthMonth— Celebrate with Minnesota Environmental Fund

March 30th, 2017

You care about Minnesota’s environment – now you have easy ways to make a difference this April, with the Minnesota Environmental Fund.

The Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF) gives you the opportunity to support many environmental causes with giving and volunteering. With one gift, you can help protect water, grow healthy food, support clean energy, preserve natural landscapes, and more. Environmental Initiative is just one of the Minnesotan organizations that MEF supports, and Environmental Initiative employees also have the choice to give to MEF.

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. This year, Minnesota Environmental Fund, along with our partners and members, is hosting a variety of celebrations, presentations, and volunteer opportunities throughout the month. I would love to see you at one (or more), of these events in honor of Earth Day.



Friday, April 7, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Nature, art and history come together at Sheridan Memorial Park, where we will explore the wild banks of the beloved Mississippi River together. Check out the flyer and register »


Friday, April 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Event co-leaders: Mississippi Park Connection, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, and the National Park Service

Care for our Mississippi River together, and get to know people who work or live downtown. To learn more, check out the flyer and be sure to RSVP here.


Monday, April 24, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

You and leaders like you are making a difference by supporting clean water, clean air, clean energy, natural places, and healthy food in Minnesota. Share your stories and network with colleagues at this free event. 


Friday, April 28, 2017
One-hour shifts available
Event co-leaders: Gordon Parks High School, Community Action Partners (Ramsey & Washington), the City of St. Paul, and the Trust for Public Land

Minnesota Environmental Fund is teaming up community partners to offer a volunteer experience for people who work, learn or live nearby. You can help clean up the places we share and learn about the new park being created on Griggs Street near Gordon Parks High School and Skyline Towers. Register for this free event »


A note from Environmental Initiative
We’re one of nineteen member organizations receiving support from Minnesota Environmental Fund’s workplace giving program. In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share these event opportunities as you make plans to celebrate. Interested in adding Minnesota Environmental Fund to your workplace giving campaign? Learn more »

Cordelia Pierson


Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund

Mississippi River Refresh for Earth Day

April 27th, 2016

To celebrate Earth Day, Environmental Initiative got out of the office for a few hours to support the Minnesota Environmental Fund’s Mississippi River Refresh clean up event. Our five staff members worked on cleaning up the riverfront area from the North Loop playground at 4th Avenue to Bassett Creek.

We moved through bushes and around trees, down steep slopes and back up, picking up all sorts of trash. Among the bottles and styrofoam, some of the gems we found included the front end of an old tricycle and part of the top of an old stove. We even found a geocache — though you have to go find that yourself!

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Erin Niehoff


Project and Administrative Assistant

Celebrate Earth Day with Minnesota Environmental Fund

April 18th, 2016

Did you know you can help protect clean water, grow healthy food, support clean energy, preserve natural places, and more – all with one gift to the Minnesota Environmental Fund? I’m grateful to those of you who donate to Minnesota Environmental Fund at work and am so proud to have Environmental Initiative among our members.MEF_logo_web

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22 and Minnesota Environmental Fund, Climate Generation, the US Green Building Council, and several Minneapolis employers are teaming up on two great events to celebrate. I would love to see you at one (or both) of these events in honor of Earth Day.

Here are the details:


Wednesday, April 20, 2016
6:00 p.m. – Reception
6:30 p.m. – Film Screening
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Climate change is affecting our state’s varied regions and residents in different ways. All Minnesotans have a climate story to tell. Celebrate Earth Week with a screening of the film “Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate” at Mill City Museum. The Twin Cities PBS production showcases three individual climate stories, narrated by some of the state’s leading experts. The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion with Climate Generation and City of Minneapolis Sustainability Staff.

This event is free and open to the public and includes a pre & post reception with an hour of hosted bar and appetizers.

Learn more or register »


Friday, April 22, 2016
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
327 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Take a healthy break from work and help clean up our downtown Mississippi River shoreline and park with the Minnesota Environmental Fund and US Green Building Council – a great way to celebrate Earth Day. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will provide gloves and bags. Wear closed-toed shoes appropriate for outdoor activities and bring water to drink.

Learn more or register »

You can also contact me at Minnesota Environmental Fund at 651-917-1876 if you have questions. Happy Earth Week!

A note from Environmental Initiative: We’re one of more than twenty member organizations receiving support from Minnesota Environmental Fund’s workplace giving program. In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share these two event opportunities as you make plans to celebrate. Interested in adding Minnesota Environmental Fund to your workplace giving campaign? Learn more »


Cordelia Pierson


Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund

Earth Day Turns 45 (Plus Ways to Pitch In)

April 22nd, 2015

According to a recent article from Triple Pundit, 1 in 10 Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Following Rachel Carson’s game-changing book Silent Spring and several major environmental disasters (a major oil spill and a river on fire), Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson had the idea for Earth Day, as an organizing event to bring environmental issues to thhepatica flowere nation’s political forefront.

On the first Earth Day, 20 million people collectively flooded the nation’s streets, parks, and university campuses to demonstrate and rally for conservation and environmental protection. Many credit Earth Day as the watershed event which helped lead to the passage of our major environmental laws and creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

While we’ve come a long way since the first Earth Day, its clear we still face major challenges. President Obama is speaking today in the Everglades about the threat of climate change. Debate is underway at the Minnesota Legislature about buffer strips to protect water quality. Links between poor air quality and negative health impacts continue to grow.

But, this isn’t meant to be a doom and gloom post! In the spirit of all of us having the ability to make a difference, here’s a few events, resources, & easy things you can do to pitch in for Earth Day:

Happy 45th Earth Day. How will you celebrate this year? What does Earth Day mean to you? Share in the comments below!

Emily Franklin


Director of Communications

Earth Day 2012: Down and Dirty At Quality Bicycle Products

May 2nd, 2012

Engaging coworkers, peers, and family members in environmental sustainability, and educating them about the the merits and benefits of it, is a perpetual challenge. Even though we are seen as a progressive company we are challenged by how to meaningfully share our message and get buy-in and participation from our coworkers.

Well, we’ve unanimously decided engaging employees with a physical task or event is a tactic we’re going to use more often from this point on. Point being, most of us are bombarded with emails non-stop, sunup to sunrise, everyday of the week in our personal and professional lives. Thus the best crafted newsletter, memo, or poster will often go unread, or read and forgotten about. In essence, “doing” is more likely to engage than reading an email.



Environmental Coordinator, Quality Bicycle Products
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