Clean Air Minnesota

Clean Air Minnesota is a coalition of air quality leaders convened by Environmental Initiative who are working voluntarily and proactively to reduce reduce man-made sources of fine particulate matter (soot) and ground-level ozone (smog).

We work collaboratively and across sectors to:

  • Identify and prioritize strategies to reduce air pollution,
  • Develop, fund, and implement projects to improve air quality and
  • Track emissions reductions achieved and share outcomes with the wider community on a regular basis.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the majority of the air pollutants of concern today come from smaller, widespread sources that are not regulated in the way power plants and factories are. These smaller sources include cars, trucks, construction equipment, residential wood burning, and residential garbage burning.

These sources contribute nearly 75 percent of air pollution emissions in the state.

Clean Air Minnesota partners are working to reduce emissions from mobile sources, small businesses and wood smoke. Partners form teams that coordinate, collaborate, and develop specific projects to reduce emissions from Minnesota’s smaller, widespread and less regulated sources of air pollution.

Project Teams currently meet on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

Clean Air Minnesota Project Teams

Area Source Team

Area sources of air pollution are more widespread and less highly regulated than large industrial facilities like power plants. Examples of area sources include small businesses like dry cleaners, gasoline service stations, commercial printers and auto body shops.

Clean Air Minnesota’s area source team is working to maximize emission reduction opportunities from these smaller sources. The area source team does this through outreach programs, grants, other financial assistance opportunities, technical support and training.

Current Activities

Get Involved

Contact Christina Vang-Dixon at 612-334-3388 ext. 8126 with questions or to serve on the Clean Air Minnesota area source team.

Mobile Source Team

Nearly 50 percent of air pollution in Minnesota comes from mobile sources of air pollution like diesel-powered trucks, construction equipment and other moving sources. Diesel engines can be important for our economy, but they also negatively affect air quality and public health.

Since 2005, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act grants and Environmental Initiative’s Project Green Fleet have reduced diesel pollution from fine particles equivalent to taking 750,000 cars off the road. Taking those cars off the road means eliminating 45 tons of fine particle pollution per year through diesel equipment replacement or retrofitting with cleaner options.

Clean Air Minnesota’s mobile source team is working to maximize emission reduction opportunities from diesel fleets and other mobile sources of air pollution.

Current Activities

Get Involved

Contact Alli Mueller at 612-334-3388 ext.8125 with questions or to serve on the Clean Air Minnesota mobile source team.

Wood Smoke Team

Many Minnesota residents and small businesses utilize wood burning as a primary heat source, creating wood smoke as a result. Wood smoke can have serious health and environmental effects over time. Swapping out just one old, outdated wood stove for a new, more energy-efficient model is the pollution reduction equivalent of removing over 700 cars from the road per year.

Clean Air Minnesota’s wood smoke team is working to maximize emission reduction opportunities from wood burning sources through a pilot wood stove exchange program, information sharing, outreach and education.

Current Projects

Get Involved

Contact Alli Mueller at 612-334-3388 ext.8125 with questions or to serve on the Clean Air Minnesota wood smoke team.

Meeting Information & Schedule

Clean Air Minnesota Partner Group meetings are open to the public. Individuals interested the conversation are welcome to attend and observe. Please sign up for our clean air emails to receive notifications and invitations to these meetings.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact Bill Droessler at 612-334-3388 ext. 8105.

Clean Air Minnesota Partners

Clean Air Minnesota is co-chaired by the American Lung Association in Minnesota and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.


The Core Team serves in an advisory capacity to Environmental Initiative staff for the Clean Air Minnesota partnership.

Jon Hunter, American Lung Association – Co-chair

Tony Kwilas, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce – Co-chair

Paul Aasen, Minnesota Safety Council

David Benke, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Dan Donkers, Ramsey County

Bill Droessler, Environmental Initiative

Patrick Hanlon, City of Minneapolis

Mike Hansel, Barr Engineering

Megan Kuhl-Stennes, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Scott Lindemann, Flint Hills Resources

Craig McDonnell, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Chris Nelson, 3M

Rick Patraw, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Sydney Schaaf, City of Minneapolis

Jessie Shmool, Minnesota Department of Health

Scott Strand, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Brian Timerson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Jeff Travis, Washington County