Minneapolis’ environmental system is an intricate network of living, engineered and climatic features working together. The health of the city is directly correlated to the strength of this ecosystem and how well these systems can thrive despite the pressures of climate change. As Minneapolis changes, the City has an excellent opportunity to improve the management, efficiency and equity of environmental systems to ensure that all people have a healthy and vibrant city to call home.
Minneapolis is among the top cities in the nation for cleanliness, health and fitness, and quality of life. To continue this legacy, the City must sustainably manage and protect water resources while preventing contaminants from polluting the water systems. Achieving this means maximizing waste reduction to meet the City’s zero-waste goals, supporting healthy ecosystems in and around surface waters, and increasing biodiversity to restore ecological habitats. It also means promoting large and small developments that enhance air, soil and water quality.
To sustain a high-quality and climate-resilient Minneapolis, the City must also aim for greater energy performance from the city’s physical structures and environmental systems. This means ensuring all buildings, infrastructure and modes of transportation significantly reduce energy consumption and carbon production. In addition, the City must ensure that all residents and businesses can access cost savings from energy efficiency and can enjoy the health and ecological benefits of a rich tree canopy and renewable energy sources.
As the environmental system evolves, the City must work urgently to support communities that experience hazardous and disparate environmental conditions. Of priority is the creation and implementation of environmental justice policies that eliminate stationary pollution sources, remediate contaminated brownfield sites, improve access to healthy foods, and address health hazards in housing. It’s important to have significant involvement from disenfranchised communities in this endeavor.
17 Policies relate to this topic. Click on a policy below to learn more about it.
POLICY 66 REVISED
Environmental Impacts of Transportation
POLICY 16 REVISED
Climate Resilient Communities
POLICY 67 REVISED
Energy Efficient and Sustainable Buildings
POLICY 68 REVISED
Renewable and Carbon-Free Energy
POLICY 69 REVISED
POLICY 61 REVISED
POLICY 46 REVISED
POLICY 71 REVISED
POLICY 62 REVISED
Tree Canopy and Urban Forest
POLICY 14 REVISED
POLICY 13 REVISED
Ecology and Habitat
POLICY 70 REVISED
Urban Agriculture and Food Production
POLICY 65 REVISED
Sustainable Water System Management
POLICY 72 REVISED
POLICY 73 REVISED
Integration of Water Management into Development
POLICY 74 REVISED
POLICY 75 REVISED