Environmental justice

See if a property qualifies for the Green Cost Share’s environmental justice rate.

What it is

The City of Minneapolis defines environmental justice as the right to a clean, safe, and healthy quality of life for people of all races, incomes, and cultures.

Environmental justice emphasizes:

  • accountability
  • equitable treatment
  • democratic practices
  •  remedying the historical impact of past environmental injustices.

How Green Cost Share helps

The City helps businesses reduce the disproportionate impacts of climate change and environmental pollution.

The Green Cost Share aims to broaden access to the benefits of energy efficiency, solar, and pollution reduction projects by providing upfront matching funds. These projects can deliver several additional health and economic benefits beyond climate change mitigation. It is important to ensure that all communities have access to these benefits as the City pursues its climate change goals.

The Green Cost Share leverages the efforts of other City and State initiatives to help designate which projects qualify for the higher Environmental Justice incentive rate. The goal of the Green Cost Share is to ensure that at least 40% of program funds and project benefits are directed towards environmental justice projects. 

Geography based initiatives

Program based initiatives

Green Zone Initiative: a place-based initiative to improve health and support economic development using environmentally conscious efforts in communities that face the cumulative effects of pollution, social, political, and economic vulnerability.

Great Street Eligible Priority: Business districts that lie within:

  • Green Zones
  • Areas of Concentrated Poverty where 50% or more of residents are people of color (ACP50)
  • Promise Zones
  • Cultural Districts

Properties already participating in an income qualified housing or utility bill support program that do income verification.

Common Examples:

  • Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program
  • Low Income Rental Classification (LIRC)
  • Income Qualified Solar*Rewards
  • Minnesota Energy Assistance Program
  • Weatherization Assistance Program

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Environmental justice priority areas

How to use the map

  • Enter an address in the search bar on the map
  • Properties in the colored areas qualify for the Green Cost Share environmental justice incentive

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