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Green Zones Initiative


Upcoming Southside Green Zone Council Meeting

Thursday, July 18, 2019
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Open Arms of Minnesota
2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis

Upcoming Northern Green Zone Task Force Meeting

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: to be determined

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


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, which includes the greater Phillips community and Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, was created by the City Council Resolution Designating Green Zones on April 28, 2017. 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.

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.

The Southside Green Zone Council members will be responsible for attending meetings, holding the City of Minneapolis and related partners accountable to the timely and effective implementation of the 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.

Southside Green Zone Funding

In the 2018 City Budget, City Council approved one-time funding of $75,000 for the South Side Green Zone to fund the initiatives outreach and work plan development.

Southside Green Zone Meetings

The Southside Green Zone Council meets the third Thursday of the month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at changing locations in the Phillips and Cedar Riverside communities.

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

Thursday, July 18, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Open Arms of Minnesota
2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis

Please RSVP to [email protected].

Agendas and meeting notes are available on the Southside Green Zone webpage.

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 Wednesday 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:

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: to be determined

Please RSVP to [email protected].

 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 Jul 17, 2019



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