Environmental Justice

There is no clearer example of the way old paradigms of thinking have brought us to a dead end than climate change -- we could add to the list species extinction, and the choking off our rivers, lakes, and oceans. If we do not address the underlying causes for this dire state of affairs, policies to stop the damage will leave in place the paradigm of exploitation that continues to enrich some at the expense of others. The idea of environmental justice began at the 1991 First National People of Color Leadership Summit. Governing by its principles means making things like toxic clean-up a priority in historically marginalized parts of the city, but it also means including the community in a fundamental way in the planning and implementation of all infrastructure plans -- not for them, but with them.

Holistic Approaches

  • Sped up transition to renewable energy

  • City projects consider energy efficiency, water quality, air pollution, native habitat, tree canopy, and community relationships to green spaces

  • Impacts to animals, plants, insects included in planning: native plantings for habitat, green strips to break up dense urban built environment, tree canopy impact analyzed on ongoing basis

  • Minneapolis meets emission reduction targets from our Climate Action Plan (80% by 2050)

Building Communities of Renewal

  • Increased access to community gardens, particularly in dense, renter-dominant locations

  • Funding at neighborhood level for projects connecting the community to outdoor spaces and environmental stewardship

  • Opportunities for community conversations around ecological impacts and current use give rise to community-driven solutions to reach environmental goals

  • Fully funded and supported Green Zones to repair harm.


Alicia wants to hear from you.
What are your dreams and visions for Ward 10 and Minneapolis?