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Green Buildings, Green Transportation—Even the Pizza is Green!

With our 2016 Norwex U.S. National Convention coming up soon in Minneapolis, what a great time to go exploring through one of the most eco-friendly cities in the country! Known affectionately to locals and visitors alike as The City Of Lakes, The Mill City, MPLS, Pickleville, Lil’ Valhalla, PrinceTown, Miniature-opolis, The Mini Apple and more, Minneapolis’ name originates from the Sioux word “mini” and the Greek word “polis,” together meaning “city of waters.” But no matter what you call it, Minneapolis has a lot to offer!

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul’s flat landscape and well-developed bike infrastructure make it one of the nation’s best Bicycle Friendly Communities, despite the frigid winters. In fact, the Twin Cities offer a much-touted bike-sharing program along with 92 miles of on-street bikeways, 85 miles of off-street paths and upwards of 1500 bikes. Each day, an average of 10,000 cyclists make use of Minneapolis’ bike lanes.
  • The Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway links a series of parks throughout Minneapolis in more than 50 miles of urban byway. Including roadways for cars, as well as bike and pedestrian paths, it encompasses seven major districts and public park areas adjoining many of the 20 lakes within the city limits.
  • Minneapolis’ park system is second to none with nearly 200 parks covering 5,000 acres. Best of all, more than 90% of the city’s population lives within 10 minutes of a public park.
  • Minneapolis is home to the United States’ oldest public native plant garden, The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, with over 500 native plant species within its 15 acres of wetland, woodland and prairie habitats. In addition, more than 130 bird species either reside within the Garden or travel through it during the year.

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Downtown Minneapolis

  • In 2006, the city adopted a policy requiring all future municipal buildings or major renovations of buildings to be in compliance with Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Silver Level requirements. LEED certification rates green buildings, homes and neighborhoods based on environmentally responsible and efficient use of resources throughout the design, construction, operation and maintenance phases.
  • The Minneapolis Skyway spans 69 downtown blocks, making it the world’s longest continuous skyway system. It’s possible to eat, work, live and shop without ever having to go outside—especially nice in the uber-cold winter season!
  • “The Greenest Ballpark in America,” LEED-certified Target Field boasts compostable packaging at its concessions stands and collects almost three million gallons of rainwater and snowmelt a year for purification and reuse.
  • The Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington is home to one of the biggest malls in the world, Mall of America, which follows a variety of green practices. For example, it uses solar power rather than a centralized heating system to keep temperatures comfortable for shoppers year-round.
  • Well known for its delivery drivers in superhero costumes, Minneapolis-based Galactic Pizza offers locally sourced ingredients with vegan and gluten-free options. Best of all, it uses sustainable agriculture practices and electric vehicles to deliver your pizza.

There’s more we could say about Minneapolis (like did you know it’s one of the nation’s “techiest” cities, or the theater scene is superb), but why not visit it yourself?

comment_2And if you have ever been there, we’d love to know what you thought! Just drop us a line in the comment box below.

Resources:

Alluvian: Most Eco-Friendly Cities
Travel & Leisure: Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America
Bicycle Friendly America: Attributes of a Bicycle Friendly Community [PDF]
CityLab: This Really Might Be the Nicest Bike-Share System in the United States
Explore Minnesota: Grand Rounds Scenic Byway Showcases Minneapolis
Explore Minnesota: Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
U.S. Green Building Council: LEED Certification
Minneapolis Gov: LEED Building Policy
Skyway My Way: Downtown Minneapolis Skyway Guide
Target Field Minneapolis: The Greenest Ballpark in America
Mall of America: Green Initiatives
Movoto: 50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Minneapolis
Galactic Pizza: Vision of the Future
Movoto: 25 Things People From Minneapolis Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

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Mary
Mary
5 years ago

I’d love to know if we can take the skyway to and from the convention. I’m staying at the Marriott.

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5 years ago
Reply to  Mary

Hi Mary, thanks for your question. Yes, the Minneapolis Marriott City Center is on the Skyway. We called and were told it’s about a 10-12 minute walk to the Convention Center. Hope this helps!

Ruth Day
Ruth Day
5 years ago

Looking forward to Convention 2016 again this year. It’s was great to see the Skyway the first conference I attended. What a great way for indoor travel in harsh or serve weather. A great travel saver.

Amy Hepfner
Amy Hepfner
5 years ago

I live in an inner ring suburb of Minneapolis and while I’m not a fan of city dwelling – I do appreciate the wonderful park systems they have here.

Leah Rissien
Leah Rissien
5 years ago

Love the light rail! I wish my city had one.

Marsha Jaramillo
Marsha Jaramillo
5 years ago

I will put these Green Cities on my list of travel destinations. I love eating organic food whenever I travel.

Lena Kropf
Lena Kropf
5 years ago

Loved the skywalk and Mall of America! Also wasn’t as congested as I expected it to be!

Rebekah Beasley
Rebekah Beasley
5 years ago

Just returned from 2016 conference there, it was a beautiful city!

Margot Boeke
Margot Boeke
4 years ago

I’ve lived here all my life (56 years) and I learned a thing or two about the beautiful place I call home. Thank you for the great article about my home town!

JoAnne Gill
JoAnne Gill
4 years ago

I’m in Minneapolis and I agree, this is a great place to live! I’m so proud of this city!

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4 years ago

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Spa in Mumbai
4 years ago

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Jennifer Rottman
Jennifer Rottman
3 years ago

I have not been there. This will be on the list.

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
3 years ago

I used to live close to Minneapolis when I worked as a Production Assistant for a news station. Would always visit Mall of America and couchsurf with the locals.. fun vibe to the city for sure!