City earns award for helping businesses go green

The City of Minneapolis Health Department earned a Community Health Award Wednesday from the Minnesota Department of Health for a program that improves regional air quality while protecting the health of employees and neighbors around certain businesses.

The Green Business Matching Grant Program reduces air pollution in the city by providing grants to high-emitting businesses including dry cleaners and auto mechanics to help them switch to greener business practices. The program has more than quadrupled the amount of pollution removed from the air — from 5,000 lbs. of emissions removed in 2014 to 25,000 lbs. removed in in 2015 thus far. By investing in businesses that reduce pollution in Minneapolis, the program helps create a healthier place to live.

The Green Business Matching Grant Program goes beyond regulatory requirements to work with business partners on innovative ways to reduce harmful chemical and fine particulate pollution in Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis invests up to 1/3 of the total project cost, and the business invests at least 2/3.

Environmental Initiatives Manager Patrick Hanlon accepted the Community Health Award Wednesday from the Minnesota Department of Health at the department’s annual Community Health Conference in Brainerd. Learn more about the City’s Green Business Matching Grant Program.

Published Oct 20, 2015

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