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November 16, 2021
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"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Ancient Proverb

As we head in to fall, with cooler temperatures and some much needed precipitation, it’s a good time to take note of the unusually hot and dry summer the Twin Cities just lived through.  Scientists predict hotter summers, more droughts and extreme rain events will be the new normal for the Twin Cities, threatening all of us and impacting disadvantaged and vulnerable residents most.  Substantially increasing our urban tree canopy is the best way to make the Twin Cities climate resilient and environmentally equitable, and Green Minneapolis’ Climate Resiliency Initiative envisions adding millions of trees to the metro area’s tree canopy over the next 20 years.  This week is Give to the Max week and the kick-off of Green Minneapolis' Annual Fund campaign - please consider a donation to Green Minneapolis and help us grow a greener and more equitable future for our community.


David Wilson
Board Chair, Green Minneapolis

TWIN CITIES CLIMATE RESILIENCY INITIATIVE

Green Minneapolis' Climate Resiliency Initiative’s goal is to plant and maintain 5 million trees across the 7-county metro area over the next 20 years, increasing the Twin Cities tree canopy by ~30%, sequestering millions of tons of carbon and mitigating the most severe impacts of climate change on Twin Cities residents.  A key funding mechanism for this initiative is the sale of carbon offset credits with proceeds reinvested in additional tree planting and maintenance.  This initiative is the first carbon offset project in Minnesota to directly benefit the environment of urban residents thru the expansion of our urban tree canopy.

CURRENT STATUS

In July, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Green Minneapolis signed an agreement to work together on a pilot urban tree canopy project that will issue carbon offset credits.  This pilot project is under way and is expected to receive certification in 2022 from City Forest Credits, the carbon registry that we have partnered with for this initiative.   Once project certification has been completed, carbon credits will be issued for sale on the open market, with proceeds funding more tree planting and maintenance by the MPRB across the City of Minneapolis.  Planning is under way with the MPRB for annual carbon offset projects, and discussions are being held with other cities and counties in the Metro Area looking for a new way of funding urban tree planting & maintenance.

Green Minneapolis is kicking off its annual fund drive in conjunction with the Minnesota Day of Giving on November 18, 2021.  Donate to your favorite nonprofits and schools across Minnesota and please consider making a contribution to Green Minneapolis to support our efforts to make Minneapolis a greener, more vibrant City! Click here to donate!
PEAVEY PLAZA

On September 22nd, the last day of summer, Green Minneapolis hosted its "End of Summer Splash" to thank Peavey Plaza's many supporters who helped fund the renovation of this landmark urban landscape.  Guests heard from Mayor Frey and Councilmember Lisa Goodman about the importance of free, welcoming gathering places like Peavey Plaza, enjoyed a musical performance from Jennifer Grimm & Joe Cruz and watched a beautiful dance performance created especially for Peavey Plaza’s watery basin by Yuki Tokuda.  Over 300 people came out to enjoy these free performances and soak in the last warm breezes of summer. 

While Peavey Plaza’s fountains are now turned off for the winter season, Peavey Plaza will continue to be open thru the winter - watch for special winter attractions to be announced

With restrictions on public gatherings lifted, Green Minneapolis is planning a robust series of free events in Peavey Plaza for Summer 2022.   We announced a fund raising goal of $30,000 to compensate local artists and performers like Yuki who will bring free music and dance performances to Peavey Plaza next Summer.  We are 1/3 of the way to our fund raising goal, so please help us keep Peavey Plaza a vibrant place to experience great art and entertainment FREE in 2022:  Give here!

"LEAVE THE CITY BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT" 

On October 9, Green Minneapolis hosted its first ever litter cleanup event, partnering with Keep America Beautiful, Castrol and the Los Angeles Rams.  100 volunteers turn out and picked up 130 bags of trash - approximately 3900 pounds or two tons of trash!

The Minnesota Vikings offered the use of their Longhouse facility and donated Vikings memorabilia - signed football helmets, signed footballs and signed player photos - that was raffled off to volunteers at the end of the event.  Mayor Frey and Park Board President Jono Cowgill were on hand to welcome volunteers, and refreshments & snacks were donated by Caribou Coffee, Cardigan Donuts and Trader Joes for our hungry volunteers.  Clean up equipment was donated by Keep America Beautiful and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and trash bag pick up and disposal was provided by the Downtown Improvement District.  Thank you to all our generous partners!

Several volunteer groups participated including Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge, Catholic Charities, Aeon and Accenture, and neighbors from Elliot Park, Downtown East and the Mill District joined the effort. Thanks to all our civically minded volunteers!

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is working on the renovation of Father Hennepin Bluff Park, which includes the purported site where Father Louis Hennepin first viewed Saint Anthony Falls in 1680.  The project includes a new outdoor stage, seasonal restroom building and improvements to park entry, paths, lights, wayfinding, landscaping and stormwater management.   Construction is tentatively planned for 2022.

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