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Minnesota Environmental Fund: More than Workplace Giving

November 21st, 2017

As we get into the holiday season, there’s a lot of talk about giving back. While Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF) is a workplace giving organization that benefits 19 member organizations across Minnesota, it’s also a way for people to volunteer and get involved directly with conserving our environment. It’s more than workplace giving— it’s a way to give back.

What does volunteering with MEF look like?

1. This September, MEF coordinated a volunteer event for Carlson employees. They went to Burwell Park in Minnetonka for an afternoon of pulling invasive species around the Park.

2. MEF also offers opportunities for in-office volunteering or “speed volunteering.” We recently hosted a speed volunteering event at the HGA office in Minneapolis. Over the course of an hour, employees were able to join us in their break room to help assemble native seed packets and MEF note cards, both items that MEF uses as thank yous.

3. I recently led a volunteer event for alumni of the University of Minnesota. During the event, volunteers pulled invasive species along the Mississippi riverfront in Minneapolis.

4. Over the summer, MEF hosted a volunteer event with Mississippi Park Connection and Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Volunteers spent the afternoon on the Mississippi riverfront at Mill Ruins Park pulling invasive species and planting native species. Volunteers joined a Park Ranger in the Amber Box at the Guthrie Theater to hear about the history of that industrial part of Minneapolis. MEF offered this event for those who live in and work in downtown Minneapolis, so that they could come together as a community to improve the environment. Some of the workplaces represented included: Wells Fargo, Jamf Software and the University of Minnesota.

5. Washington County hosted MEF at their Health, Safety and Wellness Fair. Washington County employees stopped by the MEF booth to participate in speed racing and help assemble native seed packets.

Bring Volunteering to Your Workplace

Does your employer offer giving and volunteering at work? MEF is currently offered to employees in over 100 Minnesota workplaces– including Environmental Initiative! MEF connects more than 200,000 employees with their communities. Employees love to help out, and MEF makes that possible– supporting so many great stories of caring for our environment! To learn more about volunteering or to sign up for a workplace learning activity, sign up here.

Find out about how you can contribute through workplace giving today by contacting Cordelia Pierson or by visiting www.mnenvirofund.org. Choose to help the environment. It adds up!


A note from Environmental Initiative:
We’re one of nineteen member organizations receiving support from Minnesota Environmental Fund’s workplace giving program. Interested in adding Minnesota Environmental Fund to your workplace giving campaign? Learn more »

Cordelia Pierson

POSTED BY:

Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund

Supporting Great Stories with Minnesota Environmental Fund

October 12th, 2017

As a communications professional, I’m a sucker for a good story. Lucky for me, I work at an organization that is constantly telling great stories— from our work to clean up Minnesota’s older diesel engines to forming farmer-company partnerships to so many other things.

But I also know that other environmental nonprofits in Minnesota have amazing stories too! Environmental Initiative is one of 19 members of the Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF), which helps people volunteer and give at work to protect, conserve, and restore Minnesota’s environment. At our last membership meeting, I got to hear about how MEF positively impacts the 19 member organizations it supports and how each organization is helping Minnesota’s environment through its own unique projects. Here are some of my takeaways:

Protecting a Mississippi River Park
In early August, the River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights was in danger of being sold and redeveloped, but Friends of the Mississippi River, along with its neighbors and partners, stepped up to defend the land. The park, which is part of the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area as well as the Mississippi River Flyway, has been preserved thanks to their hard work.

Nurturing Future Leaders
In the St. Cloud area, Wilderness Inquiry took dozens of sixth graders to Lake Sagatagan, where they went canoeing and learned about Minnesota history from a “floating classroom.” Wilderness Inquiry staff shared stories about the voyageurs and children learned about fur traders, and became more comfortable on the water and in the wilderness.  Paddling in a huge canoe is a great way to practice teamwork and leadership!

Restoring nature for clean water and wildlife
Along the Mississippi River, Audubon Minnesota is restoring floodplain forests to improve water quality and habitat for wildlife, both for nesting and migrating.  Now, bald eagles are thriving, and Audubon and its partners are shaping solutions to sustain healthy wildlife– and people– for generations to come.

Support great stories with Minnesota Environmental Fund

Each of MEF’s members has amazing stories from its work to preserve our land, water, air, and wildlife.

Through MEF and with workplace giving, it’s easy to support all of these great stories, including what’s happening at Environmental Initiative!

Does your employer offer giving and volunteering at work? MEF is currently offered to employees in over 100 Minnesota workplaces – including Environmental Initiative! MEF connects more than 200,000 employees with their communities. Employees love to help out, and MEF makes that possible– supporting so many great stories of caring for our environment!

Find out about how you can contribute through workplace giving today by contacting Cordelia Pierson or by visiting www.mnenvirofund.org.  Choose to help the environment.  It adds up!

Rachel Dupree

POSTED BY:

Communications Associate

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.

 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER WALK

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 »

MISSISSIPPI RIVER CARE AND PRAIRIE PLANTING

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.

CELEBRATION AT SURLY BREWING CO.

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. 

CARING FOR THE LEXINGTON-HAMLINE AREA – “CIRCUS HILL”

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

POSTED BY:

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

POSTED BY:

Project Associate

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:

SCREENING: MINNESOTA STORIES IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

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 »

EARTH DAY MISSISSIPPI RIVER REFRESH

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!

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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

POSTED BY:

Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund

Shop for a Cause on November 4th

October 28th, 2014

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is nearly upon us – and with that comes the need to find a perfect gift or two. The Minnesota Environmental Fund has partnered with Ten Thousand Villages in Saint Paul agaiMEF_logo_webn this year so you can pick up that special gift for your host, hostess, family member or friend.

Join me on November 4th for the upcoming shopping event to benefit the Minnesota Environmental Fund at Ten Thousand Villages gift store. From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, you can shop for a great cause: the Minnesota Environmental Fund. The more you shop, the more money is donated to support Minnesota’s environmental organizations!

  • For evening’s sales of $0-$300: 10% of sales will be donated
  • For sales of $301-$500: 15% of sales will be donated
  • For sales of $500+: 20% of sales will be donated

If you can’t make it on the 4th, pre-shop at Ten Thousand Villages. Staff will hold your items and run your credit card information during the event and items can be picked up when it’s convenient for you. I hope to see you there!

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A note from Environmental Initiative: We’re one of more than twenty member organizations receiving support through Minnesota Environmental Fund. As the holiday season begins, we wanted to share this unique opportunity to support us and the Minnesota Environmental Fund through the purchase of sustainable, fair trade gifts.

Cordelia Pierson

POSTED BY:

Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund

Minnesota Environmental Fund Announces Cordelia Pierson as New Executive Director

July 10th, 2014

As many of you know, Environmental Initiative is one of more than twenty local environmental nonprofit organizations that belong to the Minnesota Environmental Fund. We’ve been a member since 2004 and have directly benefited from Minnesota Environmental Fund’s efforts to provide education and a vital payroll giving choice to employees who wish to support environmental causes through workplace giving campaigns. It’s amazing what a few dollars per paycheck can do to help Environmental Initiative realize our mission.

I’m proud to announce  Cordelia Pierson has recently been named Minnesota Environmental Fund’s new executive director. She succeedsExecutive Director, Cordelia Pierson Ed Marek who led the organization for more than a decade. I had the opportunity to be directly involved in the hiring process for this extremely important position. I worked with a handful of other leaders from Minnesota Environmental Fund’s member organizations to support the search over the past several months. This experience was a strong reminder for me about the importance of Environmental Initiative’s involvement in the Minnesota Environmental Fund and with our fellow environmental organizations more broadly.

Cordelia brings more than twenty years of nonprofit and financial management experience to the organization as a former nonprofit executive director, board president, and program director. Most recently, Cordelia served as the executive director for the newly established, Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, where she led fundraising, organizational development, and riverfront land protection and revitalization efforts. I’m so impressed with Cordelia’s passion and dedication to Minnesota, to our special places, and our natural resources. She understands and greatly appreciates the importance of place and the need to build relationships with companies, organizations, and employees who are willing to invest financially to make our communities healthy and beautiful places to live.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Cordelia to the Minnesota Environmental Fund!

 

Mike Harley

POSTED BY:

Executive Director

Shop for Minnesota’s Environment on December 10th

December 5th, 2013

What are you doing on Tuesday, December 10th? I hope you will join the Minnesota Environmental Fund at Ten Thousand Villages in Saint Paul to get a little feel good holiday shopping done. Twenty percent of sales will help support more than twenty environmental and conservation organizations working to protect, conserve, and restore Minnesota’s environment. Here are the details:

What: Minnesota Environmental Fund Benefit Night

Where: Ten Thousand Villages
, 867 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul (map)

When:
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Who:
You, your friends, family and co-workers

Why:
Because for every item purchased – and there are hundreds if not thousands of unique gifts for you and others in your life – 20% of the sale will benefit the Minnesota Environmental Fund.
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A note from Environmental Initiative: We’re one of more than twenty member organizations receiving support through the Minnesota Environmental Fund’s workplace giving efforts. As the holiday season begins, we wanted to share this unique opportunity to support the Minnesota Environmental Fund through the purchase of sustainable, fair trade gifts.

Ed Marek

POSTED BY:

Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund

Brake for Breakfast

May 14th, 2013

I hope you will join the Minnesota Environmental Fund and all of our generous co-hosts for the Brake for Breakfast event on Wednesday, June 12. We’ll be serving FREE breakfast from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Greenway Building to celebrate Bike Walk Week 2013.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Greenway Building
2801 21st Ave S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55407

Register here »

This event is sponsored by Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF), and co-hosted by CERTs, Civia, Energy Center of Wisconsin, Envision Minnesota, Eureka Recycling, Great Plains Institute, Headwaters Foundation, Midtown Greenway Coalition, Nonprofits Assistance Fund, Peace Coffee, SOS Building Services, The Energy Conservatory, and Wellington Management.

Coming to the event? Share it on social media by using the hashtag #brake4breakfast. See you on the Greenway and happy biking!

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A note from Environmental Initiative: We’re one of more than twenty member organizations receiving support through Minnesota Environmental Fund’s workplace giving efforts. We hope to see many of you at the Brake for Breakfast!

Ed Marek

POSTED BY:

Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund

Shop Fair Trade, Shop for a Cause

October 26th, 2012

The Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF) is a state-wide network of Minnesota’s most respected and responsible nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations working together to protect, conserve and restore our environment through employee giving. An employee giving campaign is an employer-sponsored benefit that allows employees to donate a few dollars per paycheck to charities and causes they care about. We are proud to be the employee choice for payroll giving to Minnesota’s environment.

We have partnered with Ten Thousand Villages this fall for an event to support MEF. Join us on Wednesday, November 14 to get a head start on holiday shopping and do a little good for the environment. Twenty percent of all sales will benefit the Minnesota Environmental Fund. Here are the details:

Minnesota Environmental Fund Benefit Night
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ten Thousand Villages
867 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Our fall workplace giving season is in full swing. We look forward to seeing you in the workplace over the next several weeks and in November for this event! Is your company or organization not yet a workplace giving partner? Contact me anytime for more information or visit our website to learn more.

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A note from Environmental Initiative: We’re one of more than twenty member organizations receiving support through MEF’s employee giving efforts. As the holiday season begins, we wanted to share this unique opportunity to support MEF through the purchase of sustainable, fair trade gifts.

Ed Marek

POSTED BY:

Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund

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