2016 ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE AWARDS

The Environmental Initiative Awards annually honor innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership. Congratulations to this year's winning projects!

2016 PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEARAgPlastic

Recycling Agricultural/Marine Plastics
With the use of plastic films on the rise, a diverse group of stakeholders identified and established environmentally and economically sustainable methods for properly managing agricultural (like bale wraps) and boat plastic wrap waste.

COMMUNITY ACTIONSun Ray Library

Sun Ray Nature-Smart Library
The newly renovated Sun Ray Library is changing the way the community thinks about literacy, environmental stewardship, and youth leadership by becoming a hub for nature learning and recreation. The library transformed both its physical environment and programming to serve as a place for families to learn and engage with nature.

ENERGY & CLIMATETheRose526

The Rose
A model of the next generation of multifamily housing, The Rose successfully  incorporated ultra-sustainable design, energy efficiency, and healthy building materials into a Minneapolis apartment complex accessible to low-income families.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATIONRace2Reduce

Race 2 Reduce
Race 2 Reduce is engaging the public and educating youth in the surrounding communities of White Bear Lake on the importance of local water conservation. Last year, Race 2 Reduce reached over 2,155 students and 870 adult community members and engaged more than 62 classrooms and 5 clubs.

FOOD STEWARDSHIPFeastLocalFoods

Feast! Local Foods Network
The Feast! Local Foods Network is a partnership committed to growing a sustainable, local and regional food system. While Feast! works to expand markets for local foods businesses and helps those businesses to grow, it also encourages businesses to move towards environmentally-responsible practices.

NATURAL RESOURCESCoffeeCreek

Coffee Creek Daylighting and Restoration
Project partners restored a severely damaged section of Coffee Creek in the City of Duluth. The new stream channel provides valuable habitat for trout, is more resilient for future flood events, and promotes sustainable redevelopment of urban land.

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

MAC - Blog

Metropolitan Airports Commission’s Sustainable Solar PV and LED Lighting Project
The Metropolitan Airports Commission and Ameresco partnered to install the largest (non-utility) solar PV project in Minnesota and the largest integrated solar and lighting project at a U.S. airport.

How were the Winners Chosen?

Awards nominations were accepted for five weeks beginning in late January, and finalists were announced publicly in March. At the annual Environmental Initiative Awards Dinner on May 26:

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

Contact Andrea Robbins at 612-334-3388 ext. 8110 with questions or to learn more about this program.

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

CATEGORY SPONSORS

Community Action

Energy and Climate
 

The Weidt Group

Environmental Education

Food Stewardship

Waste Management

Natural Resources

Aveda

Sustainable Business

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Partnership of the Year

Stoel Rives LLP

Supporting Sponsors

Antea Group
Barr Engineering
Dorsey

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

AFFILIATE SPONSOR

Nova Consulting Group, Inc.

Rochester Public Utilities

Westwood Professional Services

Associate Sponsors

Bremer Bank

Smith Partners, PLLP