Environmental Initiative

Mission Statement

Environmental Initiative builds partnerships to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota's environmental problems.

Contact Information

211 1st Street North
Minneapolis, MN 55401

General Information

Alternative Name
Minnesota Environmental Initiative
Principal Staff
Mike Harley
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE)
Number of Clients
5.457 million


Board Chair
Jon Bloomberg
Number of Board Members
Board Meetings with Quorum
Average Member Attendance

Impact and Programs

In 2014, we completed retrofits on the final eligible school buses in Minnesota to reduce air pollution. Since Project Green Fleet began in 2005, Environmental Initiative, in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, has cleaned up more than 4,600 diesel vehicles, which is the equivalent of removing 750,000 cars from the road each year. We also completed a small scale-pilot project in the Middle Sauk River watershed to demonstrate that farmers are willing to participate in a developing program called Field Stewards that financially rewards their work to reduce nutrient runoff and soil erosion. Through our work on the Waste Reduction Collaborative, we helped lead the creation of consistent regional business signage for waste, composting, and recycling and have facilitated partnerships to improve waste management strategies and increase waste diversion. In 2014, we also facilitated an ambitious conversation between seven state agencies to set goals for protecting and restoring Minnesota's water resources over the 25-year life of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Lastly, we engaged more than 1,500 attendees through our event programming in the Business and Environment Series, Policy Forum Series, clean air events, and the Environmental Initiative Awards.
Current Goals
In 2016, Environmental Initiative's strategic priorities are to: 1) increase overall general operating funding by 10% over 2015 giving; 2) strengthen and enhance Environmental Initiative's leadership through projects and programs to extend our impact; 3) support staff development and organizational learning to cultivate and motivate engaged employees who produce high-quality outcomes that align with Environmental Initiative's project goals, values, donor intent, partner and funder expectations, and financial goals; 4) clearly and compellingly communicate the value and effectiveness of Environmental Initiative's approach to environmental problem solving in order to raise our profile, build our influence, and extend the impact of our work; 5) Explore, articulate, and strengthen what equity and diversity mean to the success of Environmental Initiative, our mission, and our impact.
Community or Constituency Served
Environmental Initiative serves the citizens of Minnesota through event programming, facilitated dialogue to achieve policy solutions and on the ground projects to improve our air, land, and water. More specifically, Environmental Initiative convenes leaders from the business, government and nonprofit sectors to work collaboratively to solve environmental problems.
Geographic Area Served
State of Minnesota


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $881,341 73.2%
Management $202,461 16.8%
Fundraising $119,879 10%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2014 2013 2012
End of Year: $710,226 $618,301 $589,133
Beginning of Year: $618,301 $589,133 $551,544
Difference: $91,925 $29,168 $37,589

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