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Green Zones Policy: 2016 Pilot

Upcoming Meeting Details

The Green Zones Workgroup held its final meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. See the Green Zone Workgroup agendas and meetings page for more information about past meetings.

As the next step, recommendations will be brought to the City Council Health, Environment and Community Engagement (HECE) Committee for staff direction to move forward. Recommendations will include:

Check back soon for announcement of the HECE presentation date.

February Focus Groups for Community Members

A series of focus groups were held in February and March 2017 to get input from more residents and community leaders on possible Green Zones areas and strategies. A summary of feedback will be posted soon.

Green Zones Mapping Tool

To support the Green Zones Workgroup's data-driven decision making, a Green Zones Mapping Tool was created. The tool shows data by Census Tract for each of the eight priority issues selected by the Green Zones Workgroup: 1) equity, 2) displacement, 3) air quality, 4) brownfields and soil contamination, 5) housing, 6) green jobs, 7) food access, and 8) greening. Multiple data sets may be turned on at once to show cumulative burden.

Green Zones Background

Low-income communities and people of color in Minneapolis experience unequal health, wealth, employment, and education outcomes, and also are overburdened by environmental conditions such as traffic and stationary pollution sources, brownfield sites, blight and substandard housing.

In an effort to support these communities and mitigate negative impacts, the Minneapolis City Council created a Green Zones Workgroup aimed at analyzing data and developing data-driven recommendations.

The Workgroup will be led by the Coordinator’s Office, including Sustainability and Equity and Inclusion staff, in conjunction with relevant City staff and external partners.

The Workgroup is tasked with identifying Green Zone recommendations based on specific data sets, including environmental issues (land, air and water) as well as race and income, to create basic overlays to demonstrate the intensity of the intersection of these factors.

The Workgroup shall review the gathered data and draft recommendations regarding Green Zone priority areas; designation criteria and eligibility; goals and metrics tracking progress within each designation; and strategies aimed at improving health and supporting economic development based on the results of the above data analysis.

See the full text of the Green Zones Policy Workgroup Resolution passed by City Council on February 12, 2016.

For questions or more information, contact Kelly Muellman at kelly.muellman@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3014.

Last updated Mar 16, 2017

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