The Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability works to support and encourage sustainability projects within our communities. Organizations, students, groups, churches or businesses that have a project idea to advance the health and sustainability of Iron Range communities, but need funding to support it, are encouraged to apply for the Community Sustainability Initiative (CSI). Members of the IRPS Board of Directors and the Earth Fest Planning Team review and discuss all proposals. The top four proposals will win $500 to implement their projects! In addition, a $200 People's Choice Award is voted on by attendees at Earth Fest each year.
The CSI contest is supported by the IRPS Silent Auction, which takes place each year at Earth Fest. Participants place bids on goods and services generously donated by local individuals, businesses and organizations.