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Green Zones Initiative


Low-income communities, Indigenous communities and communities 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.

The idea for developing a Minneapolis Green Zones initiative came from the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan Environmental Justice Working Group. A Green Zone is a place-based policy initiative aimed at improving health and supporting economic development using environmentally conscious efforts in communities that face the cumulative effects of environmental pollution, as well as social, political and economic vulnerability.

Curious about what questions people have? Visit the Green Zone Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.


Green Zone Boundary

 A PDF of the map can be found here. 


One time funding of $75,000 was given to the South Side Green Zone to fund the initiatives outreach and work plan development.

Below is language referring to the money allocated to the South Side Green Zone Initiative. Visit the City's 2018 budget website to learn more.

“Motion by Cano to amend the 2018 Mayor’s Recommended budget for the departments of Information Technology and the City Coordinator’s office on a one-time basis. Decreasing the onetime appropriation in Information Technology for the public website redesign project by $75,000, and adding a one-time appropriation of $75,000 in the City Coordinator’s office to fund the Southside Green Zone initiative, with specific focus on green and culturally specific entrepreneurial activities. Adopted.” (page 607)


Southside Green Zone Task Force

 South Side Green Zones Task Force was created by the City Council Resolution Designating Green Zones on April 28, 2017. The Task Force will develop an action-oriented Work Plan specific to the South Side Green Zone, which includes the greater Phillips community and Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. The Work Plan should identify actions that promote health and economic well-being using environmentally-beneficial strategies.

The Southside Green Zone Task Force meets monthly. Agendas and meeting notes are available on the South Side Green Zones Task Force webpage.

Next meeting:

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Phillips Community Center – South Meeting Room, 2323 11th Ave. So | Minneapolis, MN 55404

North Side Green Zone

The City’s Health Department and Sustainability staff are coordinating the efforts of the Northern Metals Advisory Committee and the Northside Green Zone.

The City of Minneapolis is partnering with Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC) to contract with Public Policy Project & Environmental Justice Coordinating Committee to engage North and a portion of Northeast Minneapolis residents. The Public Policy Project & Environmental Justice Coordinating Committee will work primarily in the Hawthorne, McKinley, Sheridan, Bottineau and Marshall Terrace neighborhood to develop recommendations as to how the community should spend the Northern Metals settlement. The settlement is $200,000 per year for 3 years, within the stipulations of the consent decree. Concurrently the Public Policy Project & Environmental Justice Coordinating Committee will develop a work plan for the Northside Green Zone to execute the recommendations.

For more information see CAP-HC's Green Zone webpage and the Northern Metals Advisory Committee webpage for meeting announcements.

 Minneapolis Green Zones Workgroup 2016-2017

Read the Minneapolis Green Zones Workgroup Final Report for a summary of the work completed by the Green Zones Workgroup, as well as the efforts of many community leaders, environmental advocates and City staff that led to the final, amended resolution (PDF).


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To support the Green Zones Workgroup's data-driven decision making, a Minneapolis Population Characteristics and Environmental Indicators Map 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.

Contact Information

For questions or more information, contact Kelly Muellman at [email protected] or 612-673-3014.

Last updated Sep 18, 2018



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