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.
Start new low-waste habits by joining the online Zero Waste Challenge
Many people are interested in avoiding waste, decluttering, and recycling more but aren’t sure where to start. Join the online Zero Waste Challenge to learn more, connect with resources to help you reduce the waste and clutter in your life, and get support and motivation along the way.
Be your own power source with rooftop solar
Going solar at home is a good option for creating clean, renewable, local power right at home. Learn how on-site solar works and get tips for selecting an installer.
Helping pollinators threatened by climate change
We rely on pollinators to help plants that we need grow. You can help pollinators by making changes in your yard and garden.