Taking action on climate change
Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges the county faces because of its significant environmental, societal, and economic impacts on both a global and local level.
More and more, Hennepin County residents are starting to notice the effects of climate change – from warming winter temperatures, more extreme precipitation events, and changes in our unique and cherished ecosystems.
The county supports many programs and initiatives that offer effective ways to respond to climate change, such as providing services to protect vulnerable people, investing in transit, conserving energy use in our buildings, and protecting our tree canopy.
Take the climate action survey for residents
The climate action survey is a chance for Hennepin County residents to:
- Reflect on the impacts you have experienced from climate change.
- Share what you value that is being threatened by climate change.
- Provide feedback on the county’s priorities for responding to climate change.
- Tell us what you think we need to do to create a climate-friendly future.
The survey will be open until Friday, December 4.
We are hoping to hear from as many residents as possible, so please share this with your family, friends, and neighbors and encourage them to respond.
Responses to this survey will inform the draft of the climate action plan, and a summary of the feedback will be shared with Hennepin County Commissioners when the draft plan is submitted to the board by the end of the year.
Development of the county's climate action plan
In 2020, Hennepin County will develop a Climate Action Plan with initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strategies to adapt to our change climate.
Recently, the county has:
- Completed a climate vulnerability assessment and greenhouse gas inventory - see a presentation (PDF) with key findings
- Presented priorities and foundational strategies for the climate action plan - see a presentation (PDF) for more information
Staff now conducting broader external engagement that will involve community groups, businesses, and foundations. An online option for the public to provide feedback will also be available soon. A draft of the plan will be submitted to the county board by the end of the year, and adoption of the plan, including a formal public comment process, will take place in 2021.
Read below for more information, and sign up for email updates: