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Environmental Services

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The City of Minneapolis Environmental Services team (February 2016)


The goal of Minneapolis Environmental Services is to protect human health and the quality of our natural environment.

Environmental Services is responsible for addressing air, land, noise and water pollution in Minneapolis. We do this by:

  • Issuing permits for environmentally sensitive work
  • Responding to complaints
  • Carrying out investigations
  • Enforcing environmental codes
  • Developing innovative initiatives

Do you have an environmental complaint?

To file an environmental complaint complete the Online Complaint Form or call 311.

Innovative Initiatives

Green Business Cost Sharing Program offers support for dry cleaners, auto body shops or other businesses moving away from processes that create Volatile Organic Compounds.

Trees play an important role in improving air quality. Increasing the tree canopy will result in cleaner air. Environmental Services has two programs working to increase the number of canopy trees in Minneapolis.

  • The Cool Soils partnership between the City and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community is studying biochar. Biochar is a soil additive which is being studied for its effectiveness in making plants and trees more drought tolerant, increase growth rates and sequester carbon.

  • Urban Forestry Project – Minneapolis businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible for free trees to be planted on their property. The business or non-profit must agree to water and care for the trees.

Green Business Cost Sharing Program in the news

On March 23, 2015, Minneapolis awarded three Green Business Awards for Pollution Reduction. The recipients are:

  • Dunwoody College of Technology

  • Oscar Auto Body

  • U.S. Cleaners

The City of Minneapolis thanks them for their investment in the health of their workers, customers and neighbors by converting to cleaner technology through the city's Green Business Matching Grant Program.

Read about Dunwoody College of Technology's award in their newsletter here. Scroll down to the March 2015 story.

Air Quality Study

A two-year citywide study of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) at the neighborhood level.

  • Eight air collection events from November 2013 through August 2015.

  • Approximately 120 air samples are placed citywide for each collection.

  • Each canister is analyzed for 72 VOCs looking for VOCs over health risk value.

  • A map showing collection sites with a VOC over health risk value can be found here: http://bit.ly/1zU5rRY

Read more on the Minneapolis Air Quality webpage.




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Last updated Jul 6, 2016