Last updated: November 17, 2021

The Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) and Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation (MTGF) are dedicated to ensuring the safety of all exhibitors and attendees at Northern Green, which will take place January 11-13, 2022 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  We are very excited to gather in-person with our community and continue to provide a safe environment for green industry professionals to network, learn, and grow their business.

Northern Green will comply with whatever requirements are in place during the dates of the event.  These requirements will be outlined by local, state, and national health authorities.  Currently, it is too soon to tell what the exact requirements will be.  Please watch this page and email notifications as the dates get closer for updates.

Minneapolis Convention Center sanitation standards

The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) has obtained the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star Accreditation. The GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program is performance-based and designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention for staff and venues.

To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, the MCC was required to demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures. Learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation at

In addition:

  • The MCC has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting with EPA-approved disinfectants in all public and private spaces with an emphasis on high touchpoint areas and has incorporated new technology such as Electrostatic Disinfecting Machines.
  • The majority of all meeting rooms are equipped with Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization which works by safely introducing ions into the airflow, combining with particles in the air such as viruses, bacteria, odors, and other airborne particles, and then eliminating or neutralizing them. All of our spaces are flushed with outside air before and after use. Engineers monitor all occupied spaces and maximize the use of outside air.
  • The MCC has implemented a multi-layered approach to manage the health and safety of our team members and guests, requiring daily self-screening, masking, and weekly testing and/or vaccination for all MCC employees.

Safety Tips from the Minneapolis Convention Center

While visiting and attending an event at the MCC, we’d like to share some safety reminders.  If you need emergency assistance or want to report suspicious activity during your visit, you can contact our Command Center at 612-335-6040. We encourage guests to save this number in their cell phone.  Security escorts are available to the 3rd Avenue and Plaza parking ramps. Contact our Command Center for service.