Coordination across City departments is critical to achieving sustainability. Stronger alignment among City stakeholders will streamline resources, spur creativity and institutionalize sustainability principles. Stakeholder teams increase collaboration between government, businesses and residents. The Sustainability Office convenes the following groups to make Minneapolis more sustainable. For a complete list of the City's active boards, commissions, and advisory groups, visit Boards & Commissions.
Community Environmental Advisory Commission
This group was formerly called the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee.
To further enhance the city's environmental effort, a Community Environmental Advisory Commission (CEAC) has also been formed to provide assistance and advice to the city's efforts with its principal focus on sustainable development. This volunteer committee assists and advises the City on its environmental efforts with a strong focus on sustainability issues. The committee has up to 18 members including community members, representatives from environmental advocacy groups, technical environmental experts and representatives from industries or companies having a major impact on the environment.
This committee works closely with the Environmental Coordinating Team by providing advice and comments on projects, programs and policies. CEAC may suggest priorities for City policies, programs and projects in accordance with criteria, dealing with environmental urgency, the scale of environmental impact, ease of implementation, cost and benefits. They provide comments to the Environmental Coordinating Team on Sustainability Indicators and Targets related to the environment and led the effort for the adoption of a new Indicator/Target related to air quality.
Appointed members include two community members, two representatives from environmental advocacy groups, two persons with demonstrated technical environmental expertise, and two representatives from industries or companies having a major impact on the environment. The Minneapolis School Board and the Hennepin County Board are each invited to designate one representative with expertise in environmental curriculum and a representative with expertise in environmental matters respectively. Each member serves a two-year term.
Community Environmental Advisory Commission Meetings
In 2016, CEAC will typically meet on the second Thursday of the month at 4:00 pm in room 132 of City Hall. CEAC meeting agendas and minutes are available online in PDF format.
Environmental Vision Advisory Committee
Per the Clean Energy Partnership Agreement between the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, the Energy Vision Advisory Committee (EVAC) will provide feedback to the Clean Energy Partnership Board to assist in pursuing the goals of the Clean Energy Partnership and Minneapolis Climate Action Plan. The advisory committee shall include representatives from critical communities within the City, such as, but not limited to business, neighborhoods, environmental justice, and technical experts.
Per the Clean Energy Partnership Agreements, EVAC is charged with reviewing and providing feedback on the biennial work plan and measurement and performance reports; providing feedback on special initiatives as requested by the Board; and, communicating to members' respective constituencies about EVAC and Board decisions and activities. Learn more at the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership website.
Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council
To continue to advance Homegrown Minneapolis, the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council works to support all Minneapolis residents and increase access to quality food, address hunger and food insecurity, connect sectors of the food system, influence policy and decision making, and ensure an environmentally sustainable and socially just food system.
Environmental Coordinating Team
This group was formed in 1994 as a new approach to confronting problems associated with past industrial and land use practices; the team engaged the expertise of various City departments that are associated with Minneapolis' environmental issues. Managers from Operations and Regulatory Services, Community Planning and Economic Development, Public Works, Health, Fire departments, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the City Attorney’s Office were actively involved in the process. The Mayor and City Council Members often attended the Environmental Coordinating Team meetings, along with members of the public.
While this group is no longer active, it created a framework for the regular exchange of information on environmental issues and natural resources, and a forum for the development of consensus. This framework established working relationships between City departments that continue today, facilitating collaboration on a variety of sustainability initiatives.
Last updated Feb 6, 2017