Each year Environmental Initiative honors innovative projects and leaders that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership. The 25th Anniversary Environmental Initiative Award winners were celebrated on May 25, 2017. Meet the 2017 winners »

We honored seven award recipients, four projects and three individuals, with an inspiring night of networking and celebration with more than 500 of Minnesota’s environmental leaders. The evening included a reception, formal dinner, and awards program. 


For the last 25 years, Environmental Initiative has worked across difference to do the impossible—create a safe space where people can openly exchange ideas and come to consensus on large issues. 

We’re working toward a healthy environment, prosperous economy, and equitable society—together. Thank you for celebrating with us, and if you couldn't make it, enojy snapshots and anecdotes from the event below: 

Questions about the program? Contact Damian Goebel at 612-334-3388 ext. 8106. Share your memories and follow the festivities on social media using the hashtag #EIturns25.

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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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

In-kind sponsors


CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Consulate General of Canada

Rochester Public Utilities

Associate Sponsors

Bremer Bank
G & K Services
Nova Consulting
Smith Partners