Zones designated for equity, environment focus
Minneapolis will receive funding, technical support and a network with other cities learning to do similar work together for one of its brand new Green Zones. The support comes from a matching grants program by Partners for Places – a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. The program pairs city governments with philanthropy to make our air and water cleaner, develop new green jobs and promote well-being for all residents. The match comes from The McKnight Foundation.
Minneapolis’ cohort will include Berkeley, California, developing a racial equity lens tool that will guide city policies and programs; Dubuque, Iowa, ensuring city departments and partners have the tools needed to put climate-vulnerable communities at the center of decision-making and planning; and Providence, Rhode Island, incorporating social equity as a core pillar of the city’s sustainability efforts, including additional training and tools that will support long-term goals specific to environmental and racial justice.
A joint project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Network, Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that improves U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships. Through these investments, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make communities more prosperous, livable and vibrant.
The Urban Sustainability Directors Network is a peer-to-peer network of local government professionals from cities across the United States and Canada dedicated to creating a healthier environment, economic prosperity and increased social equity. Its dynamic network enables sustainability directors and staff to share best practices and accelerate the application of good ideas across North America.
A new City of Minneapolis policy designated two geographic areas of Minneapolis for focused progress on environmental equity; the Partners for Places award addresses the southside Minneapolis Green Zone, which includes neighborhoods in the Phillips community.