The Upstream Blog: Stories from Minnesota

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

Bold North Cellars: Upstream Up North

Situated in the trees and prairie grasses of Alexandria, MN, Bold North Cellars (BNC) is home to  Carlos Creek Winery, 22 Northmen Brewing Co,, Grand Hall Event Center, Stoke Wood-Fired Pizza, and Sizzle food truck   With brews inspired by Scandinavian heritage, 22 Northmen Brewing Co. resembles a Viking long hall. Throughout Carlos Creek Winery,…  Read More

Science Museum of Minnesota: Action for Earth

Founded in 1907, the Science Museum of Minnesota seeks to improve lives through science education that centers equity. It serves over a million people every year through visits, online experiences, Omnitheater movies, traveling exhibitions, and school programs. The Science Museum is not just a place to visit, though; it is an idea—one about educating, preserving,…  Read More

CentraCare Redwood Falls Hospital Opening

CentraCare: Healthy Places, Healthy People

Upstream Partner CentraCare is the largest healthcare system in central and western Minnesota.  Their purpose statement begins with the words, “We’re Here for Your Whole Life”, and is intentional about the ways they engage with and care for the natural places where they work. CentraCare understands how important nature is to public health. “We’re purposeful…  Read More

Jefferson Lines: Connecting People and Places

Since 1919, Jefferson Lines has been connecting people to places across Minnesota and beyond through intercity bus transportation – the most sustainable mode of long distance travel. Today the Jefferson regional network directly serves 170 communities across 14 states, with Minnesota as its home base. With a fleet of 56 buses, Jefferson and their nearly…  Read More