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Southside Green Zone


Next Southside Green Zone Council Meeting

Monday, February 24, 2020
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Little Earth of United Tribes, gymnasium
2501 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis

Members of the public are welcome to attend. To RSVP, email [email protected].

Southside Green Zone 5-Year Work Plan (2020-2024)

On Monday, December 16, 2019 the Southside Green Zone Council adopted the 5-year work plan of recommendations for the City of Minneapolis to advance community health, wealth-building and environmental initiatives in the Phillips and Cedar Riverside communities. Read the final report: Achieving Climate and Environmental Justice in the Southside Green Zone: Recommendations for City of Minneapolis Work Plan Action (2020-2025) [PDF].

Southside Green Zone Council Description

Southside Green Zone boudary map

The City of Minneapolis 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.


20 seats: 16 voting residents of the Southside Green Zone, including 4 youth ambassadors, and 4 non-voting community members from the City of Minneapolis or community-serving organizations.

Appointment process

The Southside Green Zone Council uses the City’s Open Appointment process. 

Term of appointment

2 years


The Southside Green Zone Council members are responsible for attending meetings, holding the City of Minneapolis and related partners accountable to the timely and effective implementation of the Southside Green Zone work plan, informing and engaging community members on the status of the work, developing a fundraising plan and overseeing its success by guiding Green Zone staff and advocating for resources, and providing policy, program and resource recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.

The Southside Green Zone Council is staffed by the City Coordinator’s Office of Sustainability and will deliver recommendations to the City Council’s Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Community Engagement (PECE) Committee. Email [email protected] or call 612-673-3014 for more information.

Meeting schedule

The Southside Green Zone Council meets the fourth Monday of the month from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. Locations rotate throughout the Phillips and Cedar Riverside communities.

Next Meeting:

Monday, February 24, 2020
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Little Earth of United Tribes, gymnasium
2501 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis

RSVP to [email protected].

Meeting Dates & Locations:

2017-2018 Southside Green Zone Task Force

From October 2017-September 2018 the Southside Green Zone Task Force developed an action-oriented Work Plan specific to the Southside Green Zone. The Work Plan identifies actions that promote health and economic well-being using environmentally-beneficial strategies.

Southside Green Zone Task Force Final Report (January 2019)

Draft Southside Green Zone Work Plan (July 2018):

On November 2, 2018, City Council approved a resolution renewing the Southside Green Zone for another two years. The Southside Green Zone Council (formerly “Task Force”) will serve as an advisory board to the City Council and Mayor on the implementation and evaluation of the Southside Green Zone Work Plan. The Southside Green Zone Council will be made up of 12 residents of the Southside Green Zone and four non-voting members who may include business leaders or staff from the City or community based organizations.

Southside Green Zone Task Force Meeting Materials


Phillips Green Zone Health Impact Assessment

In 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) contracted with Nexus Community Partners to coordinate the community engagement process for a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on urban air quality in the Twin Cities. Nexus Community Partners was responsible for community recruitment and served as the coordinator of the Community Steering Team, which included Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy, Land Stewardship Project, Hope Community, Isuroon, Waite House as well as designated MDH HIA staff. The final determination of the “central area of Minneapolis” (and specifically the Phillips Community) as the HIA study area was made by MDH and Nexus Community Partners based on an assessment of local organizational capacity to participate in the HIA process, existing community relationships, and ongoing community planning and participate on in various efforts to improve the health of the community. The Phillips HIA’s Community Steering Team determined that health in the Phillips Community is the result of many cross-sector factors, and as such the Green Zones was an appropriate policy tool for a comprehensive assessment of health impacts. The final report of the Phillips Green Zone HIA was published by the Community Steering Team in 2018.

Phillips Green Zone HIA final report (pdf)

Last updated Feb 20, 2020



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