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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Downtown Minneapolis buildings

Energy Benchmarking

Owners of large buildings can track their water and energy use. We explain how.
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.
Adopt-a-Block yard sign


You can improve your neighborhood's curb appeal when you volunteer to keep your block free of litter. The City provides free bags and gloves for cleanup.
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.
sewer grate


When you adopt a storm drain in your area, you help keep our lakes and other waterways clean.
concrete litter contianer

Adopt-a-Litter Container

By adopting a litter container, you can reduce litter on the streets where you live and work.
adopt a median image


It’s easy to keep our medians, traffic circles, and other public green spaces beautiful year-round.
adopt-a-recycling container

Adopt-a-Recycling Container

You can help keep Minneapolis clean and beautiful by adopting a recycling container.
adopt a street sign

Adopt-a-Street or Highway

We invite you to adopt a street or highway to help keep our city clean. The City provides free bags and gloves for cleanup and recognizes volunteers with an Adopt-a-Street or Adopt-a-Highway sign.
people picking up litter with litter grabbers, gloves and yellow litter bags

Litter cleanup

Minneapolis stays beautiful with the help of volunteers like you. When you sign up to remove litter, we'll provide supplies for your cleanup event.
sewer grate that says "flows to creep keep drain clean" with turtle

Storm drain stenciling

You can organize a group to stencil our motto and clean up storms drains in your neighborhood.
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.