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2019 Environmental Initiative Awards

May 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re excited to honor seven innovative people and projects that are working collaboratively to build holistic solutions to environmental issues at our annual Environmental Initiative Awards celebration. The 2019 Environmental Initiative Awards will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

Environmental Initiative works across difference with partners to create spaces where people can openly exchange ideas and come to a consensus on challenging issues. Our goal is to create a healthy environment, prosperous economy and equitable society, and we know that’s only possible through partnership. Join us to celebrate the successes of collaborative individuals and creative projects doing the same.


Join us for an inspiring night of networking and celebration with nearly 500 of Minnesota’s environmental leaders. Both individual tickets and tickets for tables seating eight are available. The evening includes a networking reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by a seated dessert and awards program to honor the award recipients:

  • Courageous Innovator, presented by Aveda Institute — Dania Marin-Gavilan
  • Critical Collaborator, presented by Dorsey & Whitney — J. Drake Hamilton
  • Energy and Climate, presented by Stoel Rives — CU Green Clean Energy Lending Platform
  • Environmental Innovation, presented by 3M — Three Rivers Climate Conversations
  • Rural Vitality, presented by Houston Engineering — Poplar River Management Board
  • Large Employer Sustainability, presented by Wenck — Minnesota State University–Mankato: Energy Savings and Sustainability
  • Small Employer Sustainability, presented by Barr Engineering — Rural Grocery Stores: Energy and Access

Learn more about our winners on our blog.


May 22, 2019
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm