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.
During remodeling and construction projects, building materials have a high potential to be salvaged and reused. This avoids the need for new materials and prevents additional emissions that contribute to climate change. The county offers grants to make deconstruction and designing with used building materials more affordable.
Feeling stress or anxiety due to climate change is common. Find resources to cope and learn how to move from worry to action.
Reducing vehicle miles traveled is critical to meeting our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, and many car trips can be replaced by biking. Learn about our goals for increasing biking.