Minneapolis releases annual Greenprint report

In time for Earth Day, the sixth annual Greenprint report plays an important part in Minneapolis’ sustainability efforts by tracking the progress and challenges in improving the City's environment, which supports the City's quality of life now and in the future. Minneapolis continues developing new, relevant sustainability indicators, data and policies that are helping systematically make Minneapolis a cleaner, healthier, more efficient city. In a presentation to the Minneapolis City Council Committee on Regulatory, Energy & Environment Monday, April 18, City staff experts highlighted three components of the report: progress in solar energy, solid waste and recycling, and downtown transportation alternatives.

Key results in 2010 include:

Challenges include two combined sewer overflows in 2010 after three years without one. A threat also exists to our urban forest, which helps clean the air, increase property values, give our neighborhoods character and manage stormwater runoff. A tree pest called emerald ash borer – first detected in Minneapolis in 2010 – threatens all of the ash trees in Minneapolis, which make up 20 percent of the total tree canopy.

In 2010, Minneapolis was recognized:

Published Apr 18, 2011