Minneapolis Recognized Nationally for their Green Business Cost Sharing Program

  • August 23, 2016
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  • Bill Droessler

Big congratulations are in order for the City of Minneapolis!

Earlier this month, the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ (NACCHO) awarded the Model Practice Award to the City of Minneapolis. The national award honors the city’s Green Business Cost Sharing Program. The Green Business Cost Sharing Program was one of 23 local health department programs across the nation to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award.

The program offers funds to small businesses to make equipment conversions and adopt other practices that reduce emissions, which impact air quality. Emissions from these smaller, more dispersed sources aren’t regulated like power plants or other large facilities. Because of this, smaller area sources like auto body shops or printing facilities are a growing concern for our region.

The Green Business Cost-Sharing Program is unique in that it treats businesses as a potential partner to address pollution. According to city officials, since 2013, the program has reduced pollution from entering Minneapolis air by nearly 12 tons.

Along with the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Minnesota Technical Assistance Program, Environmental Initiative is a proud partner in the Green Business Cost Share Program through Clean Air Minnesota, a statewide public-private partnership to improve air quality.

For more information, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/greenbusiness.