As a steward of the park system and a public servant, it is my duty to help operate and maintain the vast amounts of water (both lakes and the Grandfather Mississippi River), urban forest and open green spaces within our borders. These are the crown jewels of our city and must be well protected. As a citywide Commissioner, I bring a broad vision of the park system to my job. I am dedicated to the principles of sustainability and trying to weave them into the fabric of the Park System and the city. I believe active and leisure recreational programming for all of the city's residents must be balanced with the regional attraction of our parks and lakes. I have a strong commitment to equity and justice within our parks for all Mpls residents. I personally want to thank those who preceded me, especially our Park System forefathers who 127 years ago pursued their dreams to establish the finest park system in America. I am honored to serve.
Bring balance to the system through equity and fairness making our facilities accessible to all residents in all parts of the city.
Provide environmental leadership to the Park Board to help ensure that the parks, lakes and trees are the base of a sustainable eco-city for future generations.
New Developments or Initiatives
Dedicated to the ecological restoration of Bassett's Creek, along with new parkland coming with the Northside's Heritage Park and Bassett's Creek redevelopment.
Promote "green" thinking in Park System from renewable energy options, energy conservation efforts, promotion of "green" building technologies and amenities and sustainable land management practices.
More green space and trees (or native plantings) downtown.
Committed to open and transparent processes along with more citizen participation.
Ongoing review of use of pesticides in the parks and continued reduction in use; promote organic methods wherever possible.
Keep on task measures to protect water quality in our lakes and the environmental restoration of wetlands and prairie.
Support operating the Wirth House as an historical interpretive site managed by the Minneapolis Parks Legacy Society.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Denver, Young arrived in the Midwest in the early 1970s. A resident of the Phillips neighborhood since 1988, she is serving her fifth term as an at-large Commissioner. Young has been a professional community organizer for over 35 years with an emphasis on the environment and environmental justice issues. She has helped non-profit and community-based organizations with project and program management and organizational start-up and management/administrative experience. Young has skills in event and logistics planning, small business consulting, motivational speaking, environmental and community organizing, networking and finding resources.
Career Highlights/ Public Service
Environmental justice organizer in the Harrison Neighborhood focusing on environmental justice issues and health disparities facing communities of color.
President, Phillips Community Energy Cooperative.
Committee on Urban Environment (CUE) – City committee member for 14 years.
Consultant on organization start-up.
Seward Co-op – Past collective/management team member, board member, president for two terms.
Whittier Alliance and Whittier Community Development Corporation (CDC) – Served on Alliance board and first president of CDC board.
Environmental Coordinator, Women's Cancer Resource Center – Serving on an environmental team that addresses actions and choices that can be made as women move through their cancer experience. Her work includes presentations and research for primary prevention through healing the environment and covers a range of topics: home cleaning products, personal care aids, foods we eat, the milk we drink and caring for our lawns and gardens.
Project founder and coordinator of The Green Institute, 1993-1999-Varied tasks during that time: associate director, human resource manager, community relations and education director.
Served on founding Board of Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota.
Organized and assisted the formation of many of the over 400 food co-ops in the Upper Midwest during the 1970s and 1980s.
Public speaker local and national-recognized orator on topics such as sustainability, environmental justice, community building and organization.
Community building – Grassroots and local neighborhood organization for over 35 years.