We invite you to join us on Thursday, May 26, 2016 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 eighteen finalist projects

Coming to the event? Here is what you need to know:

Check In
When you arrive, please check in at our registration table located under the tent. You will receive a name tag with seating assignment.

Special Reception
All of our sponsors, finalists, and judges are welcome to join us for a special reception from 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. with complimentary drinks and appetizers.

Most come in business attire, but you are welcome to wear what is comfortable for you.


Bike racks will be available outside of the Pavilion to lock up bikes. Let our staff know at registration that you arrived by bike and receive a free drink ticket.

Mass Transit
Nicollet Island Pavilion is located along several Metro Transit bus routes and is a short distance from both the Hiawatha and Northstar Lines. Click here to access Metro Transit's Trip Planner. Let our staff know at registration that you arrived by transit and receive a free drink ticket.

Valet parking is available for $5 per vehicle. Carpools of 3 or more will receive complimentary valet parking. Please refer to the map for where you can drop off you vehicle. The valet station is located adjacent to the Pavilion. Free and paid self-park options are available in the areas designated on our parking map.


We are pleased to announce Frank Vascellaro is back to join us as the evening's emcee.

Frank co-anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news Monday through Friday at WCCO with his lovely wife by his side. In 2006, Frank and his wife, Amelia Santaniello, became the first married couple to co-anchor a daily news program in the Twin Cities. He was awarded the 2011 and 2012 Regional Emmy® for Best Anchor.


How are the Winners Chosen?

Awards nominations are accepted for five weeks beginning in late January or early February, and finalists are announced publicly in March. At the annual Environmental Initiative Awards Dinner each May:

  • Eighteen finalist projects are honored
  • Winners in six categories are announced
  • One finalist receives the Partnership of the Year Award
  • We have a lot of fun celebrating Minnesota’s environmental success stories

Contact Andrea Robbins at 612-334-3388 ext. 110 with questions or to learn more about this program.

Sponsorships are still available for this event. Contact Sacha Seymour-Anderson at 651-308-4950 to learn more.

Event Details

Thursday, May 26, 2016

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Reception & registration
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner & awards ceremony

Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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Presenting Sponsors

Environmental Lay Group

Great River Energy

Reception SPONSOR


Community Action

Energy and Climate

The Weidt Group

Environmental Education

Food Stewardship

Waste Management

Natural Resources


Sustainable Business


Partnership of the Year

Stoel Rives LLP

Supporting Sponsors

Antea Group
Barr Engineering

Land O' Lakes

Larkin Hoffman Attorneys

Minnesota Power

partner SPONSORs

GHD Services

Gray Plant Mooty

Shakopee Mdewakaton Sioux

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

In-Kind Support

Full Circle Organics

Pictura Graphics


Nova Consulting Group, Inc.

Rochester Public Utilities

Westwood Professional Services

Associate Sponsors

Bremer Bank

Smith Partners, PLLP