Minneapolis wins partnership award for innovative climate change grants
The City of Minneapolis Climate Change grant initiative has won the Minnesota Environmental Initiative’s 2009 Environmental Initiative Award in the Energy and Climate Change category. The City pioneered these first-in-the-nation innovative grants in 2007, creating partnerships and leveraging funds for neighborhood and business groups, faith-based organizations and nonprofits whose efforts inspire their members to curb climate change.
Each climate change grant fights climate change by creating learning opportunities and empowering Minneapolis residents and businesses to making changes – large or small – to reduce the carbon footprint in their communities. With the 2007 and 2008 climate change grants, Minneapolis residents and businesses pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10.9 million pounds and save themselves $1.33 million in energy costs each year.
The Minnesota Environmental Initiative (MEI) gives annual awards for outstanding partnerships between business, government and nonprofit groups in various categories. The grants helped fuel increased partnerships between organizations including:
- Linden Hills Power and Light which organized almost 80 volunteers going door to door, educating about energy and organic composting.
- Do It Green! Minnesota’s Eco Party Kit that can be downloaded or checked out.
- Phillips Community Energy Cooperative’s six-classes and four-home energy conservation workshops in English and Spanish, and participation in 10 neighborhood events, and
- Bike On, a small all-volunteer nonprofit, which taught Somali and Hispanic women how to ride and care for a bike.
The Minnesota Environmental Initiative is a 16-year-old nonprofit organization that works with nonprofit, business and government partners to develop consensus on critical issues and move collectively toward positive environmental outcomes. MEI began the annual Environmental Initiative Awards program in 1994. For more information on MEI and the award, visit.
Minneapolis is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the country, and the City has long been a leader in creating policies and practices that protect and enhance the environment and combat global climate change.
May 28, 2009
Published May 28, 2009