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New Report from Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy and Center for American Progress on what cities need to do to build just and equitable communities in a climate change world. 

By Cathleen Kelly, Cecilia Martinez, and Walker Hathaway-Williams, September 2017 

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Major Air Pollution Sources in North Minneapolis

There are many sources of pollution in our communities which vary from one neighborhood to the next. Large air emissions along the river industrial area and I-94 contribute to poor air quality in North Minneapolis. Locations seen on this map are those included on the Criteria Air Point Emissions Facilities list by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), with labeled facilities among the top 100 emitters of a criteria pollutant in Minnesota in 2013. Criteria Air Pollutants are the 6 federally regulated air pollutants, among thousands of known chemical emissions that combine and contribute to health risks. Many additional smaller pollution sources along Broadway and throughout the community contribute to the cumulative impact on our air, land, and water that affect human health. Look for other types of pollution on CEED’s Environmental Justice Mapping Tool, or the MPCA’s “What’s In My Neighborhood” Tool.


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[i]  Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Climate and Health Profile Report 2015.

[ii] Life and Breath report, estimated mortality rate attributable to monitored PM 2.5 levels 2008-2010 in zip codes 55411 and 55412; Minneapolis Police Department Neighborhood Crime Statistics January-December 2010.

[iii] Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Health. Life and Breath: How air pollution affects public health in the Twin Cities. Urban Air Quality and Respiratory Health Initiative, July 2015.

[iv] MPCA “What’s In My Neighborhood” data accessed July 2016.

[v] Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Risk Screening (MNRiskS), based on 2005 emission inventory.

DSC_1247Environmental Justice communities pay a greater proportion of their income on home energy bills while bearing the brunt of harm from energy systems. Many energy programs are not relevant for or do not reach low-income communities or households that do not own their homes or do not live in single-family houses.



WP_20160209_18_51_52_ProCEED’s home energy justice workshops use interactive activities for community members to learn how to read their electricity and heating bills, determine how energy is used in their homes, and practice using tools to reduce energy use. Participants can take home high efficiency LED lightbulbs and surge protectors to reduce electricity costs, and weatherization materials to block cold drafts and keep your home warm while lowering your bills.


You can use CEED’s engaging Home Energy Justice Toolkit in your own communities to understand your energy use and reduce your dependence on energy. Click here!


Learn more about other popular education workshops CEED offers here.