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December 2021 network meeting

Environmental education network meeting. Icons in party hats.


Tuesday, December 7 from noon to 1 p.m.

Let’s get together to celebrate, network and collaborate!

The meeting will include a slideshow highlighting successes and programs conducted by members of our network over the past year and a half. We will also have some fun with interactive poll questions to get to know members of the network better.

Attend ready to participate in breakout groups for networking, idea sharing, and collaboration. We’ll discuss best practices for virtual and hybrid programming, adapting programming and education strategies for cold weather this winter, and how our organizations are approaching requirements for participants and staff as we move toward 2022.

Send your photos to be included in the slideshow!

Send us your highlights from the past year! Send your photos and captions for the slideshow to Angie ( Share 1 to 5 photos and include a caption that describes what is happening in the photo and your organization name.

Register here.

Grant opportunities

Environmental education grants available from the EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has up to $3 million in funding for locally focused environmental education grants. The 2021 Environmental Education Local Grant Program seeks to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Grant awards will range from $50,000 to $100,000.  

Applications are due on Monday, December 6, 2021. Learn more and apply.


Urban Agriculture grants from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture

children working in a garden

The AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program supports projects focused on urban youth agricultural education and community development in urban and suburban areas.

Grant funding can be used to purchase and install equipment, make physical improvements to a space, construct a facility, and cover staff and contractor time. Eligible groups include nonprofit organizations, schools, local government entities, Native American tribal communities, and for-profit businesses.

Applications are due Thursday, January 13, 2022. Learn more and apply.


No Child Left Inside grants from the Minnesota DNR

Child smiling at the camera holding a fish

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ No Child Left Inside grant program aims to support and increase efforts to expand programming that connects youth to the outdoors. Grant funds are available for outdoor environmental, ecological, and other natural-resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth. Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000.

Grant applications open on Thursday, December 2, 2021 and will be awarded first-come, first-serve. Learn more and apply. .

Events and trainings

Transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle: bulk shopping

Interior of Tare Market

Wednesday, December 1 at 7 p.m.

Join Tangletown Neighborhood Association, a Hennepin County Green Partners grantee, for a virtual session to learn about transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle. The session will feature Amber Haukedahl, owner of Tare Market, who will provide an overview of how you can begin living a zero-waste lifestyle. She will share her tools, resources, and more, plus provide an overview of how to shop in bulk.

Register here.


Stop Food Waste Challenge recorded workshops

During the Hennepin County Stop Food Waste Challenge, which wrapped up last week, we offered a series of virtual workshops in partnership with Cooking Matters. Each workshop focused on a different topic, featured basic food safety and knife skills, and included a cooking demonstration.

Recordings, resources, and recipes from the workshop are available for you to view or share with your audiences!

Check out the recordings and resources on the following topics:

  • Meal planning
  • Shopping
  • Kids in the kitchen
  • Creative cooking and safe storage

Environmental jobs

Share our survey for youth about green jobs

Hennepin County is interested in investing in green jobs education and training programs for youth, especially those geared toward young people under the age of 26 who face racial and other social barriers to green job opportunities.

We would like to hear directly from youth on this topic, so please share our green jobs for youth survey with youth you work with.

Here’s a message you can share with the survey: 

Hennepin County wants to hear from young people about green jobs! What are your interests? What is important to you? What should the county consider when investing in green job training and opportunities for youth? 

Take the green jobs for youth survey to provide feedback and make your voice heard! 

The county is interested in investing in green jobs education and training programs and wants to hear from young people age 26 and younger about green jobs to help inform this investment.


Congregational Organizer for Environmental Justice with the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA

Minneapolis Area Synod logo

The Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA is seeking to hire a Congregational Organizer for Environmental Justice. This position draws on the tradition of professional community organizing methodology, facilitated through the institution of the Lutheran church. It is centered on building a network of relationships among congregational leaders that can be organized for effective and strategic change on issues of environmental and climate justice.

Learn more and apply.

Green Partners grantee highlight

The following organization received a Hennepin County Green Partners environmental education grant.

Tangletown Neighborhood Association hosts film screening and discussion

Screen shot of Plastic Wars virtual discussion video


On October 4, Tangletown Neighborhood Association hosted a film screening of the documentary, Plastic Wars. Attendees watched the film on their own time and then joined speakers Kellie Kish, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis, and Andrea Siegel, Hennepin County Master Recycler Composter, for a discussion of the film and the challenges with plastics and plastic recycling. 

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