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'll be honoring the seven award recipients on Thursday, May 25, 2017 with 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.

Information for Attendees

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

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

Our program looks a little different this year. In addition to honoring collaborative projects and leaders, we'll have longer reception times so you can get to know other attendees. Here's what you can expect:

  • 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Registration & reception
  • 5:45 - 8:00 p.m. Dinner, awards program & investing in the next 25 years
  • 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dessert & reception 
New This Year
It's our birthday party, so we won't disappoint. Along with our new program, we'll also have a live band, giant lawn games, a selfie station and photo booth, a walking timeline of the organization's history, giving opportunities, and complementary Fair State beer (while supplies last, then cash bar available).

Getting to Nicollet Island Pavilion

Bike racks will be available outside of the Pavilion to lock up bikes.

Public 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

Valet parking is available for $5 per vehicle. Carpools of 2 or more will receive complimentary valet parking. Please refer to the map for where you can drop off your 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.

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.


Frank Vascellaro 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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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