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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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Plan a local eco-getaway this summer to reduce airplane travel

Mile for mile, flying is the most damaging way to travel for the climate. Reducing airplane travel is one of the most impactful ways we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. This summer, trade one airplane vacation for a local eco-getaway instead.

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Finding joy in repairing broken stuff at Fix-It Clinics

What we buy has a big impact on the climate. Luckily, many items can be repaired and used for years to come. But repairing something can feel like a dauting task. This is where Fix-It Clinics come in! Residents have been learning repair skills in a collaborative, empowering, and joyful setting for over a decade.

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Create meals, not waste: Planning ahead to reduce food waste

Reducing food waste is a surprisingly powerful climate solution. Making changes in your kitchen and when you go shopping can significantly reduce the amount of food that goes to waste and save you money.

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