A government leading by example
The City of Minneapolis is committed to citywide economic opportunity, social equality and environmental sustainability. It creates efficiencies, increases resilience and supports quality of life for the present and the future. The City government is also committed to innovative and results-driven business practices to maintain and enhance the livability of our city.
Minneapolis prides itself on enacting environmentally progressive policies, which can provide examples of more sustainable practices for other municipalities that are striving towards the same goal. Minneapolis began integrating sustainability principles into City decision making in 2003 and since 2006 has been located in the City Coordinator’s Office. Many of the early initiatives – such as developing and tracking Sustainability Indicators are now integrated into Results Minneapolis, a performance management and monitoring tool used by Minneapolis City leaders to monitor progress and offer strategic counsel toward achieving the City’s adopted goals and vision.
The Sustainability Office has four full time staff and is focused on integrating sustainability concepts into other City departments and policies, while also leading efforts related to climate change and urban food systems.
Examples of Minneapolis's sustainable approach can be found in Buildings & Energy and Policies.
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