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Green Cities Accord was established in 2014 to fulfill a key goal of the mpls downtown council’s 2025 plan. Originally named Green Minneapolis, the organization created green spaces and expanded tree canopy downtown. Green Cities Accord developed expertise in the challenges and solutions for planting and maintaining urban trees, and developed relationships with a broad range of government, community, non-profit and business stakeholders to accomplish green infrastructure projects.

Green Cities Accord’s legacy is defined by a variety of initiatives showcasing effective collaborations between public and private sectors. Green Cities Accord led the fundraising to build The Commons and to renovate Peavey Plaza. And Green Cities Accord partnered with MnDOT and neighborhood associations to transform the Hennepin-Lyndale Crossroads into a green, pedestrian friendly corridor linking the Sculpture Garden, Loring Park and the Walker Art Center.

In conjunction with its 10-year anniversary in 2024, Green Cities Accord adopted its new name and focused its mission on promoting urban climate resilience through the protection and expansion of urban tree canopies, while expanding its geographic reach, encompassing not only Minneapolis but also the broader Twin Cities area, greater Minnesota, and beyond. Our goal is to enhance the lives of people by protecting and growing the urban tree canopy. We educate stakeholders and advocate for tree funding, emphasizing the benefits of urban trees to cool heat islands, reduce energy use, improve air quality, capture stormwater, and sequester carbon.

A man sits on a blanket in a vast green space with trees and other park-goers in the background.

Our Mission

At Green Cities Accord, our mission is to foster climate resilient communities through investments in tree canopy infrastructure.

People walk on a city street, surrounded by a canopy of tree tops on a early spring day.

Our Vision

Green Cities Accord envisions a future where communities across Minnesota and beyond thrive through our collaborative partnerships to educate, advocate and secure funding for tree canopy infrastructure. We will lead in mitigating climate change impacts and environmental inequities by leveraging the benefits of urban trees to enhance people’s health and well-being.

A man and his son, both smiling and facing each other, lay down in the grass of a park on a sunny afternoon

Our Major Donors

Brown Family Foundation
Marbrook Foundation
Minnesota Vikings
Target Corporation
Winslow Capital

Annual Reports

Green Cities Accord’s annual reports provide an outline of our year-to-year growth and development.