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Mpls Downtown Improvement District Requests Nominations for 2018 Greening & Public Realm Awards

Via a July 26 News Release from mpls downtown council:

The Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID) today announced that nominations are now open for the 9th Annual Greening & Public Realm Awards.

Since 2010, the Greening Awards have celebrated the most outstanding examples of private greening in downtown Minneapolis. Greening is one of the DID’s key initiatives. The awards recognize and reward downtown’s greenest spaces.

DID hopes the awards will inspire and encourage greening in all downtown businesses and spaces, therefore making the entire downtown mpls community a greener place.

“Each year, we are impressed and delighted by the time and effort our community puts into adding greening and beauty to locations across downtown,” said Steve Cramer, President & CEO of the Mpls Downtown Improvement District. “The Greening Awards are our way of highlighting those efforts by recognizing those who truly make a big impact on our city’s vibrancy.”

During the 2018 nomination process, there are a variety of ways to show support for your favorite green spaces in downtown Minneapolis. Nominations are open to the public and can be made in several different ways. 

  • Visit and submit your nomination through the nomination form
  • On social media post using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and name the green space you’d like to nominate and include the hashtag #GreenAwardsMpls
  • Email and submit your nomination

Photos of each location during nomination are not required but are helpful in describing the location.

Nominations will be open through August 10. The nominations that the DID receives will be categorized and finalists will then be selected for each category by the DID staff. The finalists in every category will be publicly voted on later this summer to determine the winners of each 2018 Greening & Public Realm Award.

In 2017, there were a total of 12 Greening & Public Realm Award winners, six of which were first time winners. The 2017 first-time winners included 1010 Currie Mural by Bianca Pettis and Erin Sayer (which won both Best Public Art and Best Public Realm Improvement), 100 Washington Square and North Loop Parklet (co-winners of Best Small Activated Space), Mill Ruins Park (Best Large Green Space), Millwright (Best Streetscape Green Infrastructure) and Haskell’s (Best Entryway Greening). In addition to these six first-time winners, the Loring Greenway won its eighth Greening & Public Realm Award in as many years.

To learn more about the 2018 Greening & Public Realm Awards, visit or follow along @MplsDID on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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