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Northern Green Zone


Next Northern Green Zone Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
5:30-7:30 p.m.
North Commons Recreation Center
1801 N James Ave, Minneapolis

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


Northern Green Zone Boundaries

The City of Minneapolis Northern Green Zone was created by the City Council Resolution Designating Green Zones on April 28, 2017. It exists to address the environmental justice overburden in North and Northeast Minneapolis and design and implement a plan of action to improve environmental and population health, and social, economic and environmental justice. The Northern Green Zone includes the Northside neighborhoods of Hawthorne, McKinley, and Near-North, and the western portions of the NE neighborhoods of Marshall Terrace, Sheridan, Bottineau, and St Anthony West. 

Northern Green Zone Goals

  1. Clean up soil and water contamination and redevelop brownfields
  2. Improve air quality, livability, and pollinator habitat through vegetation, clean energy, and energy efficiency
  3. Improve air and environmental quality in business and transport
  4. Increase ‘green’ jobs and career opportunities
  5. Increase the availability of affordable housing and environmentally high quality housing
  6. Increase access to healthy affordable food by supporting local systems of growing, production and distribution
  7. Advance environmental awareness and education in community and schools
  8. Foster community healing from historical trauma and root shock, using community-based approaches to healing and health
  9. Stop the patterns of community violence and the cradle to prison pipeline with which it is associated
  10. Develop an Environmental Justice Scorecard that assesses how well businesses and branches of government do in practicing responsible and responsive environmental stewardship and partnership around environmental justice. Use the scorecard as a tool to drive policy change toward greater environmental justice
  11. Organize the community to develop ecological consciousness and foster a healthy future that takes care of the earth, takes care of the people, and takes care of the future we choose to create together
  12. Work with stakeholders and Native Nations statewide to create an environmental justice partnership that fosters a common platform among environmental justice communities, using a Minnesota Environmental Screen to provide a common basis of measurement and protocols for action

Northern Green Zone Task Force

The Northern Green Zone Task Force was created through City Council resolution 2018R-292 in September 2018. Members of the Northern Green Zone Task Force include North and Northeast Minneapolis residents, members of the Environmental Justice Coordinating Council, and non-voting City of Minneapolis staff.

The Northern Green Zone Task Force meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month.

The next meeting of the Northern Green Zone Task Force will be:

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
5:30-7:30 p.m.
North Commons Recreation Center
1801 N James Ave, Minneapolis

Please RSVP to [email protected].

Meeting Agendas and Notes

Northern Metals Advisory Committee

The City’s Health Department is leading the efforts of the Northern Metals Advisory Committee.

The City of Minneapolis is partnering with Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC) to contract with Public Policy Project & Environmental Justice Coordinating Committee to engage North and Northeast Minneapolis residents on both the Northern Metals and the Northern Green Zone initiatives. The Public Policy Project & Environmental Justice Coordinating Committee work primarily in the Hawthorne, McKinley, Sheridan, Bottineau and Marshall Terrace neighborhood to develop recommendations as to how the community should spend the Northern Metals settlement. The settlement is $200,000 per year for 3 years, within the stipulations of the consent decree.

For more information see CAP-HC's Green Zone webpage and the Northern Metals Advisory Committee webpage for meeting announcements.

Last updated Feb 20, 2020



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