Green Zones

The Green Zones initiative improves health and supports economic development in our vulnerable communities.

What is a Green Zone?

A Green Zone is a group of neighborhoods that faces the combined impacts of environmental pollution and racial, political, and economic marginalization. The Green Zone initiative is a resident and city collaboration to support community health, economic development, and the environment.

The Minneapolis Green Zones initiative came from the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan Environmental Justice Working Group.

The goals of the Green Zone initiative are to:

1. Promote equity and prevent gentrification and displacement
2. Clean up soil and water contamination and redevelop brownfields
3. Improve air quality, livability, and pollinator habitat through vegetation, clean energy, and energy efficiency
4. Improve air and environmental quality in business and transport
5. Increase green job and career opportunities for residents through Green Zone activities
6. Improve affordability, availability, and environmental quality of housing
7. Create healthy, affordable food access by supporting a local system of growing, producing, and distributing

Why do we need Green Zones?

Low-income communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color in Minneapolis experience unequal health, wealth, employment, and education outcomes. These communities are also overburdened by environmental conditions such as traffic and stationary pollution sources, brownfield sites, blight, and substandard housing. These burdens won't go away on their own. We need you - residents of the City of Minneapolis - to get involved.

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.

Work plan

The Northside Green Zone Work Plan was developed by the Northside Green Zone Task Force between November 2018 and March 2020. Task Force members spent countless hours meeting collectively and in topic-area working groups to develop and review the recommendations that were finally included.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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