Acting boldly on climate change will enable us to create a better future for ourselves and generations to come. In laying out a comprehensive plan with ambitious goals, Hennepin County is committed to leading on climate action.
The Climate Action Plan articulates a framework to realize our vision for a climate-friendly future. The following articles explain how the county will approach implementation.
How we get started: Foundational strategies
Hennepin County has a wide-ranging climate action plan that touches nearly every facet of the work we do. The foundational strategies serve as the best place for the county to get started.
Aligning resources to make climate action a countywide priority
As the county moves into implementation of the climate action plan, we will demonstrate that climate action is a countywide priority for all departments, and we will align resources with this priority.
Reducing racial disparities and seeking climate justice
The impacts of the climate crisis are not felt equally, making the response to climate change a justice issue that requires authentically engaging with communities, advancing efforts to dismantle systemic racism, and reducing disparities.
Building strong, more resilient communities that can adapt to a changing climate
Because we are already experiencing the effects of climate change, we not only need to cut our greenhouse gas emissions but also adapt to a changing climate. Building a more resilient community ensures we are better prepared for more abrupt and challenging situations.
Working with public entity partners for greater impact
Public entity partners, including cities, watershed organizations, park districts, and other regional and state units of government, are very interested in pursuing mutually beneficial climate goals and encouraged the county to serve in a role of convener.
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. The county must also work toward eliminating disparities in our response to climate change and prioritize protecting the health of residents amid increasing threats.
These articles highlight some of the climate solutions the county is currently pursuing. More climate solutions will be added as the county works to fully implement and integrate the Climate Action Plan.
Blue Line light rail extension will increase transit access
Hennepin County is partnering with Metro Transit to extend the Blue Line light rail from downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park. Community feedback on potential routes is being gathered now.
Establishing goals to protect and diversify the county’s tree canopy
The county's first Community Forestry Strategic Plan defines goals and objectives that the county’s forestry program will pursue in the next five years to protect the county’s tree canopy and increase the benefits that trees provide.
Monitoring for extreme weather in a changing climate
Hennepin County is improving weather forecasting, making informed decisions about the weather conditions, and increasing our understanding of Hennepin County’s climate with the Hennepin West Mesonet.
Working to eliminate plastic waste
Hennepin County recently joined the U.S. Plastics Pact to build on county efforts to support residents and businesses who want to take action on plastic waste and pollution.