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Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships:

The Minnesota Environmental Justice Program works in collaboration with impacted communities to ensure all people a healthy environment - where they live, learn, work, play and pray. The program began in 2004 as a partnership with the Minneapolis Urban League and Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota addressing community health concerns with the Riverside coal plant in Minneapolis. Today, we work with the Minneapolis NAACP, H.I.R.E. coalition and a network of environmental justice groups to address access to green jobs and healthy communities. In addition to community partnerships, we work to train and support new leaders in the fight for environmental justice. In 2010, we successfully nominated two youth leaders as Green For All Fellows.

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Learn more about our past accomplishments and recent activities here.

Learn more about our program from this program overview.

Green jobs for Minnesota: A profile of some of the most important work around creating an equitable green economy for all in the Twin Cities area.

2011 Priorities

  1. Strengthen a statewide roundtable of environmental justice advocates to share information and resources, identify opportunities to collaborate and maximize our power through unified voice with key decision-makers as appropriate.
  2. Work with the Minneapolis NAACP and others to support strengthening EPA health standards that protect clean air and our health and other environmental justice priorities.

Get Involved
The Minneapolis NAACP's Environment Committee meets every 6 weeks, contact to find out when the date of the next meeting.

If you are an environmental justice advocate in Minnesota interested in being a part of the roundtable, please send an email with your contact information and a request to join the roundtable to Leah Gardner at and/or

Contact Us
Minnesota Environmental Justice Program
Organizer: Karen Monahan

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