Minneapolis tells its green story

Success stories and ongoing challenges are all a part of Minneapolis green story as it continues its work to build a more sustainable city. The City of Minneapolis 2009 Greenprint Annual Report was released on April 13, and details progress made and challenges still ahead.

The innovative and nationally recognized Minneapolis Greenprint report measures our ecologically friendly business practices every year. The Greenprint provides a realistic framework for protecting and enhancing our environment based around 11 key environmental indicators.

2008 highlights include no combined sewer overflows all year during rainstorms in Minneapolis – for a second year in a row; adoption of an anti-idling ordinance that improves air quality and raises awareness about the effects of vehicles on global warming; completion of the City Hall and Courthouse building’s 5,000-square-foot green roof with plantings as part of a waterproofing and stormwater management project; the addition of more bike trails, the launch of the Bike Walk Ambassador program and a revised zoning code that requires bicycle parking for most developments as a way of promoting biking as transportation; and the City's awarding a second set of climate change grants to support grassroots efforts motivating residents and businesses to take action to reduce global warming.

Also, in 2008 an 11th indicator that focuses on green jobs was added to the report. This indicator helps define, develop and track development of the green job economy in Minneapolis. The City promotes investments that provide strategic job opportunities for our future in areas such as green construction, transportation, food production, energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy.

The Greenprint also identifies challenges so the City may continue to address them. Challenges include the need for increased solar power to meet energy goals; maintenance and growth of the urban forest while battling insects, disease and construction; and improving water quality in our lakes and keeping our riverbanks safe and clean for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Read the Sustainability site.

April 14, 2009

Published Apr. 14, 2009