Sustainability, Healthy Homes and Environment Division

We oversee our city's environmental programs and services. We take a public health approach to our work.

What we do

Our team of environmental health professionals:

  • Plans, directs and coordinates many of the City's environmental programs
  • Educates residents about the connection between their health and their environment, including the:
    • Air we breathe
    • Water we drink
    • Soil in our yards, gardens and community spaces
    • Buildings where we live, work and play
    • Changing climate
  • Ensures environmental justice and equity by:
    • Engaging diverse people who reflect the population of our city
    • Listening to and supporting people in our most vulnerable communities
Child in garden watering plant



The people in our unit focus on:

  • Preparing for climate change
  • Reducing the impact of climate change
  • Environmental justice

We perform several roles, including:

  • Leading city-wide efforts on climate change
  • Preparing our most vulnerable communities for the impacts of climate change
  • Convening resident advisory bodies
  • Ensuring all City departments and policies are sustainable

Learn about our sustainability work

Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control

The people in our unit focus on environmental hazards inside your homes.

We manage grant programs that help residents with the cost of home renovations to:

  • Remove lead hazards
  • Remove other home hazards

We offer education and services related to:

  • Lead-paint
  • Asthma
  • Radon
  • Bed bugs

Learn about Healthy Homes grants and services

Environmental Programs

The people in our unit focus on environmental hazards outside your homes.

We offer education and services related to:

  • Air Quality
  • Biochar
  • City Trees
  • Energy Benchmarking
  • Green Careers Exploration
  • Green Cost Share

Learn about what we do to care for our outdoor environment

See Environmental Services inspections

See Environmental permits

Contact us

Minneapolis Health Department




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415