Minneapolis recognizes four businesses for switching from toxic processes

On Monday, June 2 the City of Minneapolis presented the 2014 Minneapolis Green Business Awards for Pollution Reduction to Martinizing Dry Cleaners, Mulroy’s Body Shop, Paramount Collision Center and University Service. The City recognizes these businesses for their investments in the health of their workers, customers and neighbors by converting to cleaner technology. Martinizing Dry Cleaners, Paramount Collision Center and University Service made their investments with help from the City’s Green Business Matching Grant Program.

The City of Minneapolis offers grants of up to $30,000 each to help dry cleaners reduce pollution by switching their processes from perchloroethylene to clean solvents.Perchloroethylene is the main chemical solvent used in dry cleaning and is a neurotoxin that causes kidney damage and is listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a likely carcinogen.

The City of Minneapolis offers grants of up to $20,000 each to help vehicle repair, service and maintenance businesses switch to painting, cleaning and repair processes that reduce harmful air emissions and hazardous waste.

More information and grant applications are available at www.minneapolismn.gov/greenbusiness.

Published Jun 3, 2014