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Green Zones Initiative


Upcoming Southside Green Zone Council Meeting

Monday, March 23, 2020 **CANCELLED**

Upcoming Northern Green Zone Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 **CANCELLED**


Low-income communities, Indigenous communities and communities of color in Minneapolis experience unequal health, wealth, employment, and education outcomes, and also are overburdened by environmental conditions such as traffic and stationary pollution sources, brownfield sites, blight and substandard housing.

The idea for developing a Minneapolis Green Zones initiative came from the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan Environmental Justice Working Group. A Green Zone is a place-based policy initiative aimed at improving health and supporting economic development using environmentally conscious efforts in communities that face the cumulative effects of environmental pollution, as well as social, political and economic vulnerability.

Curious about what questions people have? Visit the Green Zone Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.


Green Zone Boundary

 A PDF of the map can be found here. 


Southside Green Zone

The 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. 

Southside Green Zone Meetings

The Southside Green Zone Council meets the fourth Monday of the month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at changing locations in the Phillips and Cedar Riverside communities.

The next meeting of the Southside Green Zone Council will be:

Monday, March 23, 2020 **CANCELLED**

Northern Green Zone

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 Task Force meets the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at locations alternating between North and Northeast Minneapolis.

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

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 **CANCELLED**

 Minneapolis Green Zones Workgroup 2016-2017

Read the Minneapolis Green Zones Workgroup Final Report for a summary of the work completed by the Green Zones Workgroup, as well as the efforts of many community leaders, environmental advocates and City staff that led to the final, amended resolution (PDF).

Green Zones Mapping Tool

To support the Green Zones Workgroup's data-driven decision making, a Minneapolis Population Characteristics and Environmental Indicators Map was created. The tool shows data by Census Tract for each of the eight priority issues selected by the Green Zones Workgroup: 1) equity, 2) displacement, 3) air quality, 4) brownfields and soil contamination, 5) housing, 6) green jobs, 7) food access, and 8) greening. Multiple data sets may be turned on at once to show cumulative burden.

Contact Information

For questions or more information, contact Kelly Muellman at [email protected] or 612-673-3014.

Last updated Mar 18, 2020



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