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Acting boldly on climate change

For ourselves and generations to come

Our goal: Net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Celebrate Earth Day 2022: Be part of the solution to climate change

Climate change is solvable, we know the solutions, and we’re in this together. Most people are interested in creating a climate-friendly future. To create that future, we need to be willing to take significant action on the most impactful changes.

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Address climate change by going plastic free

Most plastics are made from oil and gas – fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. About 4% to 8% of the world's oil production is for plastics, and most plastics are thrown away after a single use. By reducing your plastic use, you can also reduce your carbon footprint.

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Keeping your home comfortable in the winter while saving energy

Cold weather is here in Minnesota! Staying comfortable in your home this winter isn’t as hard as you may think. In fact, by taking a few simple steps to make your home more energy efficient, you can stay cozy and save money, even in the coldest months.

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