Minneapolis climate change grants will help reduce City's carbon footprint

Minneapolis has awarded the 2009 Climate Change Innovation and Micro Grants to help local neighborhoods and organizations fund creative ways to inspire residents to fight climate change. Thanks to the successes of the first two years, Minneapolis awarded 15 small grants worth a total of $75,000 this year to neighborhood and business groups, faith-based organizations and nonprofits whose efforts inspire their members to curb climate change.

The City pioneered these award-winning grants in 2007 to help create learning opportunities and empower Minneapolis residents and businesses to fight climate change. Minnesota Energy Challenge , which now has more than 7,000 Minneapolis members. With the 2007 and 2008 climate change grants, Minneapolis residents and businesses pledged to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 10.9 tons and save themselves $1.33 million in energy costs each year.

A new trend among a number of 2009 climate change grantees involves mobilizing residents to reduce energy use by shopping locally – often on foot. Buying locally grown food and walking to the corner store instead of driving miles away to shop not only helps local businesses grow, but also helps reduce our use of energy and fight climate change.

Minneapolis is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the country, and the City has long been a leader in creating policies and practices that protect and enhance the environment and combat global climate change. To learn more about the sustainability initiative and the climate change grants, visit Sustainability Initiatives.

May 7, 2009

Published May 7, 2009