City helping dry cleaners, auto body shops, large manufacturers reduce air pollution
Businesses are reducing air pollution and making the city healthier with help from a City of Minneapolis investment. Businesses using these City programs have already eliminated 19 tons of pollution annually – clearing the air for employees, neighbors and the region – and been recognized at the local, state and national levels for their innovative approach. The program works with small businesses, such as dry cleaners and auto shops, and large manufacturers to reduce pollution. The grants focus on protecting the health of employees and neighbors around certain business activities while improving regional air quality. Examples of the City’s Green Business Cost Share program are in this video.
The City also offers funding in these areas:
- Dry Cleaners – 45 percent match up to $35,000. Switching out perc-based dry cleaning equipment. Apply by April 21.
- Vehicle repair, service and maintenance – 45 percent match up to $25,000. Auto shops switching out paint booths to less harmful waterborne paint or aqueous parts washers. Apply by April 21.
- Innovative ways to reduce pollution – 45 percent match up to $100,000. Any project that significantly reduces pollution in Minneapolis. No lower limits. Apply by April 21.
About the program
The Green Business Cost Share Program goes beyond regulatory requirements to work with business partners on innovative ways to reduce pollution and improve businesses in Minneapolis.
For more information go to www.minneapolismn.gov/greenbusiness.
Published Dec 6, 2016