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.
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)
South Side 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 on Tuesday evenings from 5:00PM to 8:00PM, October 2017 through May 2018. Agendas and meeting notes are available on the South Side Green Zones Task Force webpage.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Urban Ventures, Colin Powell Center, 3rd Floor
2924 4th Ave S, Minneapolis
Email [email protected] or call 612-673-3014 to receive meeting updates.
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 Northern Metals Advisory Committee has been established by City Council and staff are working in partnership with Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County to hire a facilitator and community outreach specialists to support the Advisory Committee. We anticipate meetings starting in March. CAP-HC is supporting the facilitator and community outreach for two years.
Once the Northern Metals Advisory Committee has determined a work plan for the Consent Decree dollars, Health and Sustainability will transition to looking at the other Green Zone recommendations with the Advisory Committee. This may involve the same people or may establish a subcommittee or a whole separate Task Force. That has yet to be determined. But since both initiatives focus on air and environmental quality in the same geographic area, they are starting as a united project.
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).
Green Zones Mapping Tool
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.
For questions or more information, contact Kelly Muellman at [email protected] or 612-673-3014.
Last updated May 2, 2018