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.