Acting boldly on climate change
For ourselves and generations to come
Our vision for a climate-friendly future
Hennepin County’s Climate Action Plan guides the county’s response to climate change. Pursuing the strategies laid out in the plan will enable us to create a better future for ourselves and future generations.
The Climate Action Plan
The plan includes 5 goals, 29 strategies, and 145 tactics. The strategies focus on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to our changing climate in ways that reduce vulnerabilities and ensure a more equitable and resilient Hennepin County.Download the Climate Action Plan
What climate change means for Hennepin County
More and more, Hennepin County residents are noticing the effects of climate change — from warming winter temperatures, more extreme rain and snow events, and changes in our valued ecosystems.
Everyone experiences climate change, but the impacts are not felt equally. Communities of color, low-income families, residents with disabilities, and other vulnerable communities are the most at risk from negative climate impacts.
How Hennepin County is leading on climate action
Hennepin County’s response to climate change is important. The county leads in many areas that offer the most effective ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions, such as investing in transit, conserving energy use in our buildings, protecting natural resources, and preventing waste.
What we can do: Taking action at home and in your community
We all have a shared responsibility to do more to combat climate change and protect our local environment.
Staying healthy during air quality alerts
The Twin Cities area can experience air quality alerts during the summer due to an increase in fine particles caused by smoke from wildfires in Canada and the western United States. Sign up to be notified of air quality alerts and learn steps to take during poor air quality days.
Conserving water in a drought
Drought is a naturally occurring feature of Minnesota’s climate, and climate projections suggest that the potential for drought will increase in Minnesota in the coming decades. Learn steps to conserve water to help protect this valuable resource and ensure you are prepared for future climate extremes.
So, what can I do? Where to focus your climate action
When thinking about climate change, people often wonder: “So, what can I do?” Find questions to ask yourself to help you figure out where best to focus your efforts plus information about the most important climate actions.