Sustainability and Stewardship at The Loppet

Loppet Environmental Action Project (LEAP)

LEAP’s aim is to ensure that the Loppet Foundation has a positive impact on our community and world by minimizing emissions and waste while practicing and advocating for a culture of responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

Led by a collaborative group of Loppet staff and volunteers, LEAP contributes a critical lens over the broader organization to evaluate our current standards, and create actions to improve and ultimately be a leader in sustainable, nature-forward practices. 

LEAP has created four different big picture categories that members can serve on and specialize in: 

  • Energy/Infrastructure
  • Waste 
  • Habitat Restoration and Land Stewardship
  • Culture and Education 

To get connected to the work of LEAP please contact

LEAP Initiatives

  • Plans for solar panel installation at the Trailhead and Dowling Avenue location
  • Pursuing funding for a formalized plan to lower emissions
  • Stewardship/Habitat Restoration
    1. Saving and supporting the Oak savannah in land adjacent to the Trailhead
    2. Invasive Species removal – Volunteers needed for weekly Tuesday Habitat Restoration!
    3. Native plant species cultivation
  • Loppet Events sustainability efforts
    1. Reuse and recycling of over 2000 cloth ski bibs per year
    2. Awards partner plants a tree for every item purchased
    3. Waste is sorted and weighed at all Loppet events
    4. Reinforce Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board fluoro wax ban on ski trails via informational signage and fluoro wax collection

LEAP Partnerships

  1. The Loppet has established partnership with Green Cities Accord for carbon offsets, with a special focus on planting and maintaining trees in Theodore Wirth Park
    • Offset purchasing has been integrated via registration for all Loppet programming and events
  2. The Trailhead served as Earth Day clean-up hub for Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board
  3. Pursing EV Charging stations to be installed in Trailhead parking lot


  • Sustainability: a pillar for the planning and execution
  • Infrastructure items purchased with long term use as a priority
  • Sustainable waste management in effect:
    1. Green Team Volunteers recruited to insure proper waste sorting
    2. Waste contractor onsite ensured disposed items were sorted into the appropriate trash, recycle, or compost containers
    3. Food vendors required to ensure all serveware  were recyclable or compostable.
    4. Beverage management efforts
      1. rCup– Reusable cups
      2. Canned water vs plastic bottles
      3. Spectator water bottle refill stations
  • Polestar EVs – official vehicle fleet 
  • Education
    1. Save our Winters session
    2. Xcel Climate panel talk hosted by Bill McKibbon

The Green Team is a critical part of the Events Team. The Team is composed of volunteers and led by our events staff.   The main duties of green team members at events include setting up waste bins, monitoring recycle and compost bins to ensure proper disposal, and switching out bags when needed.

“It’s not a glamorous job, but it’s very important to keep the waste sorted otherwise it all turns into trash.” Bryan Soto – Events Operations Manager 

To get connected to the Green Team contact

Starting May 21. Join LEAP (The Loppet Foundation Environmental Action Project) to remove invasive species, including buckthorn, in Theodore Wirth Park. We’ll meet in front of The Trailhead at 5:30 PM and work until about 7:00 PM. Volunteer activities include cutting, pulling, and hauling buckthorn and other invasives. No experience is necessary. All volunteers 21+ will receive a BOGO coupon for Utepils Brewing courtesy of Utepils Brewing.

The Loppet Foundation is committed to using all of our spaces to benefit our neighboring community. The Loppet has recently added a staff position dedicated to community partnerships and engagement and is actively working to strengthen and deepen ties to existing and new partners.  

Learn more about our community partners here and how to connect with The Trailhead here.