Minneapolis receives top air quality award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Minneapolis has been awarded one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys top awards for its efforts to improve air quality in the city. Minneapolis was one of just two winners nationwide in the "Regulatory/Policy Innovation" category.

Minneapolis was recognized for its Sustainability Initiative, which was launched in 2003 to take the City's commitment to protecting the environment to a new level. The E.P.A. award recognizes Minneapolis for a wide range of actions designed to improve air quality, including adding three solar arrays to its facilities, planting thousands of trees a year, and adopting a smoking ban in bars and restaurants. Minneapolis also supported the construction of the metro’s first light rail line, worked to expand bike paths, and has replaced part of its City fleet with fuel efficient vehicles.

As part of the Minneapolis GreenPrint report.

May 11, 2007

Published May 11, 2007