Hennepin County awarded grants to 14 organizations in November 2018 to engage their audiences in taking action to protect the environment. The groups will engage more than 5,400 residents in a wide variety of environmental actions, including reducing waste, recycling, composting, conserving energy, signing up for renewable energy, adopting storm drains, planting and maintaining sustainable landscapes, installing rain barrels, and learning about ecosystems.
Projects will engage residents throughout the county. Ten projects will work with underserved and hard-to-reach communities, and nine projects will engage youth.
Grants to promote environmental stewardship with youth
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Will engage 200 youth from high school green teams in climate change education and environmental leadership activities.
East Side Neighborhood Services
Will engage 150 youth in Minneapolis during out-of-school programs in learning about water protection through a project called H2 Whoa!
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys
Will engage 200 girls in hands-on, outdoor learning through a series of "Adventure Out, Explore In" environmental stewardship events.
Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (Congregations Caring for Creation)
Will engage 700 youth and members of faith communities in environmental education activities to encourage energy conservation and environmental stewardship.
North Hennepin Community College
Will engage 150 American Indian and Indigenous high school and college students in environmental stewardship and care for water through the Dave Larsen American Indian Immersion Experience: Nimino-bimaadiziwininaan (environmental stewardship is our way of life) and Ganawendan nibi (care for the water).
Will engage, in Richfield, 150 students in grades 4 through 6 in learning about environmental topics, using resources wisely, food, population growth, and pollinators.
Will engage 250 youth from Pillsbury Elementary, Northeast Middle, and Edison High Schools in Minneapolis in waste reduction and recycling.
Grants to motivating behavior change with adults and older youth
Clean Water Fund
Will engage 150 of their members and people working in downtown Minneapolis in preventing waste through their "Rethink Disposables" campaign that focuses on reducing disposable on-the-go food packaging items.
Cleveland Neighborhood Association
Will engage 150 youth and residents of the neighborhood in picking up litter, preventing waste, recycling, and cleaning up storm drains.
Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development
Will motivate 250 St. Louis Park residents to use renewable energy in their homes by signing up for renewable energy programs, installing solar, and/or participating in solar energy programs through a youth-led solar energy outreach initiative.
Will engage more than 2,500 people in multifamily residences in Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis in learning about green landscaping techniques and participating in activities to design, practice installing, and maintain native and water friendly landscape features.
Minneapolis Toy Library
Will engage 250 parents in preventing waste by borrowing toys for home, travel, and special events and using green cleaners.
Northside Residents Redevelopment Council
Will engage 150 residents from Willard Hay and Near North neighborhoods in water protection by hosting workshops about stormwater and providing rain barrels installation support to 20 community members.
Will engage more than 200 residents in learning about and taking care of trees in Hopkins, including taking steps to treat or replace ash trees threatened by emerald ash borer.