Make every day Earth Day

Minneapolis celebrates Earth Day every day. The City and its residents are collectively learning to operate in ways that protect our resources and well-being for generations to come. There’s a lot that City government is doing, and residents can make all kinds of decisions to be greener and save money at the same time.

Minneapolis most recent sustainability efforts are detailed in its fourth annual Greenprint report . City staff track progress around 11 major components of a healthy and environmentally responsible city. The Greenprint gives concrete indicators on conserving energy, reducing pollution and improving our impact on the environment. In 2008, the City also adopted an ordinance that restricts vehicle idling in the city and raises awareness about the effects of vehicles on global warming and air quality.

This year, Minneapolis held its big spring cleanup event of the year the weekend before Earth Day. The Earth Day Watershed Cleanup is a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis. It was initiated in 1995 to draw attention to the water quality improvement needs of Minneapolis’ lakes and the effects that individual actions have on urban water quality.

Also, earlier this month, Minneapolis also kicked off the Clean City program to help keep the city clean and litter-free throughout the year. The campaign showcases all the benefits of getting involved in Clean City programs, and taps into community pride to get folks to pitch in.

What can you resolve to do?

Eat more Commuter Challenge where you can track any trip you’d normally take by car and instead replace it with a bus or train ride, bicycling, car- or vanpooling, walking or telecommuting.

About Earth Day

Earth Day was founded April 22, 1970, to put the environment on the national agenda. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts. For more information on Earth Day, visit www.earthday.net.

Many organizations, businesses and communities are now celebrating Earth Month, using the entire month of April to reinvigorate their commitment to the environment.

April 22, 2009

Published Apr. 22, 2009