Excerpted from the 12/26/11 issue of the Southwest Journal:
Neighbors of Note
By Southwest Journal Readers
We asked readers to nominate people in the community for our inaugural Neighbors of Note feature. Thanks to all who sent in nominations highlighting the work of these special people in our community. They deserve our praise, especially since their work often flies under the radar. Happy holidays to everyone in Journal land! We so appreciate your support and wish you a wonderful 2012. Here are the stories of this year's Neighbors of Note, as told by their nominators.
Justin Eibenholzl of the Armatage neighborhood has worked as environmental coordinator for the Souteast Como neighborhood in Minneapolis for over 10 years. Through his collaborative work for Como, he has been able to accomplish significant environmental results that benefit all of us that live and work in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding communities.
He was an instrumental member of the Clean Energy Now campaign to convert the Xcel Riverside plant (and others in the metro) from coal to natural gas. He has been working for several years in partnership with others concerned about the health and environmental impacts of garbage burning at the HERC incinerator in downtown Minneapolis.
He was the lead staff in securing three "Good Neighbor Agreements" with Rock-Tenn, Greatbatch Globe Tool and Ritrama to significantly reduce air emissions from their plants in the city.
Because of Justin's work, SECIA and the three companies received a Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention in 2008.
Justin came up with the idea of creating a bulk purchase program for solar thermal systems and worked with Innovative Power Systems to get 17 systems installed in Minneapolis and St. Paul by 2007. He was the project creator and lead staff for Como's Move-in/Move-out Neighborhood Free Store pilot program in 2010 and 2011, which served SE residents and University of Minnesota students.
In addition to all of these specific accomplishments, Justin has served as an important resource for many neighborhood associations, elected officials and city staff on environmental issues over the years.