Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The District and the City of Maplewood are Finalists for the 2014 Environmental Initiative Awards

Maplewood Mall's main entrance with multiple retrofit stormwater practices integrated with art.

The District Maplewood Mall Volume Reduction Retrofit Project and the Maplewood Living Streets Project are finalists for the Environmental Initiative (EI) Awards. Environmental Initiative is a nonprofit organization that builds partnerships to develop collaborative solutions to environmental problems. The organization:
  • plans and hosts events for environmental leaders from businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to share information, network, and learn from one another.  
  • facilitates environmental policy conversations between diverse stakeholders. 
  • takes action and implements on the ground environmental projects to improve our air, land, and water.
Maplewood Living Streets Project narrowed streets and
added rain gardens, sidewalks, native plants and more.
Each year EI sponsors an award process to honor collaborative environmental projects from across Minnesota. These awards recognize individuals, companies, organizations and local governments for their accomplishments in six different categories; community action, energy and climate, environmental education, food stewardship, natural resources and sustainable business. The Maplewood Mall Project is a finalist in the Natural Resources category and the Living Streets Project is a finalist in the Community Action category.
Nominations are solicited in February of each year. All nominations are reviewed by a panel of 18 judges. The panel selects 3 finalists in each category. All finalists are recognized and a winner is announced at the award event May 22.
It is an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award and be recognized by Minnesota government entities and the business community.



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