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Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Partnership

In 2022, Green Cities Accord and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) forged a partnership to launch an urban tree carbon offset program. This innovative program, the first of its kind in Minnesota, aims to sell carbon offsets generated by trees that are added to the urban tree canopy in Minneapolis. As these trees mature, they progressively store more carbon, and play a key role in mitigating the effects of climate change on urban residents.

This inaugural pilot marked the beginning of an ongoing series of annual tree planting carbon offset projects with the MPRB. Proceeds from carbon offset sales bolster the MPRB’s forestry budget, ensuring sustained efforts in future tree planting and maintenance. Since 2022, Green Cities Accord has successfully registered two additional projects with the MPRB that include trees planted on public land in the City of Minneapolis, in the public right-of-way along city streets as well as on other park land.

The benefits of these trees extend beyond carbon mitigation. The trees help to alleviate heat island effects, mitigate stormwater runoff, and combat particulate air pollution. In addition, these projects address environmental sustainability by fostering healthier and more equitable communities for all Minneapolis residents.

Carbon Offset Projects

Project location

Minneapolis

Project type

Tree planting

Trees planted

39,323

Total carbon sequestered

106,431 metric tons of CO2

Project documents

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