“The Environmental Initiative Awards are presented annually to projects that exemplify MEI's commitment to partnership and environmental outcomes. This year, new categories were designed to reflect and incorporate the wide range of innovative and collaborative environmental partnerships across Minnesota.”
On Thursday, May 17, 2007, the MEI Awards ceremony was held at the Nicolet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. A record number of 360 participants including the fifteen finalists for the five categories Air Quality and Climate Protection, Green Building and Development, Environmental Education, Green Business and Environmental Management, and Natural Resource Protection along with representatives from Minnesota businesses, architecture and law firms, environmental organizations and many others gathered to witness the announcement of the winners.
Waldsee BioHaus won the award in the category Air Quality and Climate Protection. The presenters of the award described the BioHaus “ as a unique Environmental Living Center for the Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota. The BioHaus features cutting edge approaches to energy conservation and innovations in sustainable building design. This approach resulted in a dramatic reduction in energy consumption, as well as the showcasing of a green roof system and low-emission building products such as paints, flooring materials, and cabinetry.”