Partner Stories Blog

Meet Upstreamer Mary: From Paddleboards to Plastic

Mary Flood-Maneely loves walking along the Mississippi, around the lakes of the Twin Cities and being outside any time she can.  “I find my outdoors time restores me and allows me to reset.”  Minnesota’s natural places are important to Mary.  Whether camping at one of Minnesota’s many state parks, or on her paddleboard on Lake of the…  Read More

Caring for Place: Good Business

Better businesses lead to a better community, and no one knows that better than the Minneapolis Regional Chamber. Their initiatives work not just to help Minneapolis businesses do better, but to engage both businesses and the larger community in caring for the place of Minnesota. Through their programs, they create, invest in, and protect the…  Read More

Xcel: Power to Care

As the first energy company in the nation to commit to 100% carbon free power by 2050, Xcel Energy understands what it means to care for the place we call home. From infrastructure improvements and expanding wind and solar to electric vehicle programs, Xcel Energy works to improve the ways we generate and use energy.…  Read More

Loppet Foundation: Care In All Seasons

The Loppet Foundation, which connects people through a variety of outdoor programs, knows the importance of celebrating the place of Minnesota. They operate out of Theodore Wirth Park, and proudly welcome the responsibility of being stewards of that land. As the largest park in Minneapolis, Wirth Park offers plenty of beautiful natural resources for residents…  Read More

Fairview Health Services: Partnering for a Healthier Future

Upstream partner Fairview Health Services is committed to driving a healthier future in partnership with our community. This commitment means looking beyond the walls of clinics and hospitals and meeting people where they work, live, learn, play, and worship, including in our shared natural spaces. Fairview is one of Minnesota’s largest employers with 30,000 team…  Read More

IAM: Celebrating Culture and Care for Place

India Association of Minnesota (IAM) loves and respects the land and beauty of Minnesota. “Minnesota is the best place to live in the United States,” says board member Suyash Jains  “you don’t have to make people love Minnesota; it’s loved by default.”  Representing Indian people in Minnesota that hail from all 29 Indian states, there’s…  Read More

Minnesota Twins: Greenest Ballpark in America

Upstream partner Minnesota Twins play their home games at Target Field recently named the Greenest Ballpark in America! Water management, energy reduction, best in the league recycling and composting are all ways the Twins care for Minnesota. They were proudly awarded the 2021 MLB Green Glove Award for their near-100% waste diversion rate. “The team…  Read More

Terra Firma: Building for Beauty and Care for Place

Terra Firma, a Minnesota-based general contracting company, helps bridge between their clients vision and sustainable building practices that care for our place.. As an employee-owned company, they understand the importance of creating shared value and a strong culture.  Terra Firma helps their clients to create sustainable homes that consider their neighbors, the rest of Minnesota,…  Read More

Tech Dump: Reducing E-Waste While Building Community

Tech Dump is an industry-leader in electronics recycling. The nonprofit hosts two drop-off sites – one in St. Paul and another in Golden Valley – where folks can bring their old electronics to recycle. Since their inception in 2011, they have processed more than 35 million pounds of electronic waste, which includes items like computers,…  Read More