Programs and initiatives

Learn about City programs and efforts to improve our City. Search by department or interest area to learn more.

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People buying vegetables at farmers market.

Green Zones

We seek to improve the health and well-being of people in our community. Green Zones are communities that have been deeply affected by pollution, racism and other factors.
A pile of compost.

Community garden compost

The City offers no cost and low-cost compost to community gardens in Minneapolis.
Garbage, recycling and organics carts and yard waste bags outside a home.

Zero Waste

We want to reduce garbage thrown away in landfills and waste-to-energy facilities. Learn how we plan to do this.
Classroom with students

Clean City Classroom

When you become a Clean City Classroom educator, you can teach youth about the best ways to handle waste. We'll provide you lesson plans and materials at no cost.
Colorful vegetables at the farmers market

Homegrown Minneapolis

We help our community grow and distribute more locally grown food.
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Skin lightening

The Minneapolis Health Department is seeking to reduce the use of dangerous skin lightening products through education.
Downtown Minneapolis buildings

Energy Benchmarking

In Minneapolis, large buildings make up almost 50% of the City's energy use. Our program allows building owners and the City to track energy and water usage year to year.
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Green To Go

The City has rules for businesses that serve food and beverages to go.
Compost bins and raised bed

Garden Lease

You can lease a City-owned lot for community or market gardening.
Three volunteers picking up litter.

Clean City

You can volunteer to help keep Minneapolis beautiful. Take part in one of our Clean City programs and make a difference in our city.
Paint cans and paint brush.

Graffiti paint over program

You can get paint from the City to paint over graffiti on public property. Paint is available for traffic signal poles, control boxes and fire hydrants.
concrete ash collection receptacle

Adopt-an-Ash Receptacle

You can reduce cigarette litter in Minneapolis when you volunteer to empty an ash receptacle on a regular basis.