Each year Environmental Initiative honors innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership. New this year, we’ll also honor three individuals for their impact in our community. We are pleased to announce the winners for the 25th Anniversary Environmental Initiative Awards. Meet the winners »

We invite you to join us on Thursday, May 25, 2017 for an inspiring night of networking and 

celebration with over 450 of Minnesota’s environmental leaders. The evening includes a reception, formal dinner, and awards program to honor the seven award recipients.

Event Registration

Individual tickets and tables seating eight are available now through Friday, May 12: 

If you prefer to be invoiced for your ticket(s) or want to inquire about donating tickets, contact Erin Niehoff at 612-334-3388 ext. 8102.

Questions about the program? Contact Damian Goebel at 612-334-3388 ext. 8106.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Please contact Sacha Seymour-Anderson at 612-334-3388 ext. 8108 for more information.

Share your memories and follow the festivities on social media using the hashtag #EIturns25.


Frank Vascellero co-anchors the 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. CBS Channel 4 news Monday through Friday with his wife, Amelia Santaniello. Frank has been an anchor in the Twin Cities since 1996. Before coming to Minnesota, Frank worked at WAND-TV in Decatur, Illinois and at WHOI-TV in Peoria, Illinois as an anchor and reporter. The Society of Professional Journalists recognized Frank with its broadcast award for Investigative Reporting in 2008. He was also awarded the 2011 and 2012 Regional Emmy for Best Anchor.



Event Details

Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Registration & reception
5:45 - 8:00 p.m. Dinner & program
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dessert & reception 

Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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2017 Award Winners »

About the Awards »

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Evaluation Criteria and Judging »

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Past Finalists and Winners »

Presenting Sponsors

Environmental Lay Group

Great River Energy

Reception sponsor

25th Anniversary Sponsors


Community Action

Critical Collaborator

Stoel Rives LLP

Emerging Leader


Energy and Climate

The Weidt Group

Natural Resources

Sustainable Business

Supporting Sponsors

Minnesota Power

partner SPONSORs

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

In-kind sponsors


Rochester Public Utilities

Consulate General of Canada

Associate Sponsors

Bremer Bank
G & K Services
Nova Consulting
Smith Partners