Minneapolis releases results of environmental work

In time for Earth Day, the City of Minneapolis released its new Greenprint, which shows the year’s successes and challenges in its environmental work supporting a healthy, livable and sustainable Minneapolis. Successes in 2011 include more healthy food in the homes of lower-income residents and a reduction in climate change pollution. Challenges include pests threatening ash trees and Minnesota’s waterways. The Greenprint report, a subsection of the City’s Sustainability Indicators, lays out measurable environmental sustainability goals and annually tracks the City’s progress toward meeting them. Minneapolis sustainability indicators, data and policies are helping systematically make Minneapolis a cleaner, healthier, more efficient city.

The seventh annual Greenprint has a new online format for easier access, more in-depth reporting and more frequent updates. Key results include:

Challenges remain. Our tree canopy remains threatened by emerald ash borer and extreme weather such as the 2011 tornado in north Minneapolis. Asian carp are a major threat to the Mississippi River. The City must work hard to maintain the recent improvements in transit ridership, airport noise and climate change pollution reduction.

Minneapolis is recognized as a national leader in sustainability. In 2011, the city was recognized as:

 

Published Apr. 16, 2012