Congratulations to our 2016 Green Business Awardees:
- Elite Cleaners
- Dinsmore Cleaners
- Prospect Foundry
- Longfellow Market
- Allied Parking
- Taqueria La Hacienda
- Mercado Central
These businesses are working to be cleaner and greener in a true display of their commitment to our community and our planet. Their leadership will hopefully serve as a catalyst for more businesses to operate in an efficient and environmentally sound manner. In fact, we’ve already received more applications for the 2017 version of the annual award than in any other year.
And they’re just in time. Now more than ever, it is up to cities—both citizens and businesses—to lead on sustainability and climate issues. I applaud the businesses that are urgently addressing climate change concerns in ways that energize their business, while recognizing that decisions made in Minneapolis can have lasting impacts across the world. The 74 businesses participating in our green business programs are responsible for removing air pollutants equivalent to taking over 1,500 cars off of Minneapolis roads.
Additionally, many of the awardees are located in communities of color—communities that will likely bear much of the fallout from the human creation of climate change and are disproportionately affected by environmental impacts. I commend these businesses for taking action to not only protect our shared environment, but also the people who share their neighborhoods. Environmental justice is at the heart of our work on this issue, and these businesses have taken that to heart.
It’s great to see communities, businesses and government work together to protect our environment. Together, we’ve taken steps to strengthen our city, community and business relationships—and get us closer to a healthy, equitable, and resilient One Minneapolis.