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Green Zones Initiative

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Join the Southside Green Zone Council and Northside Green Zone Task Force - Apply by November 1

Apply by November 1 at the Southside Green Zone vacancies page or the Northside Green Zone vacancies page.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

Background

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.

 

Green Zone Boundary

Download a PDF of the map.

 

Southside Green Zone

The Southside Green Zone includes the greater Phillips community and Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. It was created by the City Council Resolution Designating Green Zones on April 28, 2017. 

Southside Green Zone Work Plan

Built on over two years of work and hundreds of hours of community members' time, the Southside Green Zone Work Plan was adopted by the Southside Green Zone Council on December 16, 2019

Southside Green Zone Meetings

The Southside Green Zone Council meets the fourth Monday of the month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Meetings will be held online due to the local public health emergency (novel coronavirus pandemic). All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to join the Online Meetings.

Southside Green Zones Videos

Land Use: Air and Soil

Self Determination and Accountability

Green Economy and Anti-Displacement

Healthy Food Access

Produced by Creative CityMaking artist, Rory Wakemup, Lorenzo Serna and members of the Southside Green Zone Council.
This is a project of Creative CityMaking, a program of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy at the City of Minneapolis.
Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Kresge Foundation.

Northside Green Zone

The City of Minneapolis Northside Green Zone was created by the City Council Resolution Designating Green Zones on April 28, 2017. It exists to address the environmental justice overburden in North and Northeast Minneapolis and design and implement a plan of action to improve environmental and population health, and social, economic and environmental justice.

Northside Green Zone Meetings

The Northside Green Zone Task Force meets the first Thursday of the month from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Meetings will be held online due to the local public health emergency (novel coronavirus pandemic). All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to join the Online Meetings.

 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.

Contact Information

For questions or more information, contact Kelly Muellman at [email protected] or 612-673-3014.

Last updated Oct 19, 2020

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