Climate Action Survey for Hennepin County Residents
About the plan
Hennepin County is developing a climate action plan with initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strategies to adapt to our changing climate in ways that reduce vulnerabilities and ensure a more equitable and resilient Hennepin County.
The plan will serve as the foundation for the county’s coordinated approach to planning, policy development, and responses to climate change.
Survey to gather feedback from residents
The climate action survey is a chance for Hennepin County residents to:
- Reflect on the impacts they have experienced from climate change.
- Share what they value that is being threatened by climate change.
- Provide feedback on the county’s priorities for responding to climate change.
- Tell us what they think we need to do to create a climate-friendly future.
The survey will be open until Friday, December 4.
Share the survey and encourage others to respond
We are hoping to hear from as many residents as possible, so please share this with your community, family, friends, and neighbors and encourage them to respond. You can use this short link to promote the survey: http://bit.ly/hcclimateactionsurvey
How responses will be used
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.
Updates on the development of the county’s climate action plan
In September, the county board received an update on progress towards developing the county’s climate action plan. Staff recommended seven climate strategies that will serve as a solid foundation for the county to advance a coordinated response to climate change. See the presentation (PDF) for details.
Climate change affects all parts of the county and all residents and businesses. The county’s approach to an impactful climate action plan is to engage residents, listen to how climate change is impacting them, and build support for solutions.
Assessing climate impacts and addressing inequities
Our vulnerability research shows some of the most serious impacts of climate change, for example localized flooding and excessive heat, will disproportionately impact people of color, low-income families, and other vulnerable community members. The county will center this work to address these inequities. Our response must also protect our buildings, roads, other infrastructure and natural resources, and the county must continue to deliver services in times of disruption.
To cut greenhouse gas emissions, the county is focusing efforts in ways that align with core county functions and existing priorities – such as investing in transit, planting more trees, and encouraging waste prevention efforts. Finally, we will seek partners to leverage resources and accomplish work that cannot be done in isolation.
For more information, review a presentation (PDF) developed for county commissioners that summarizes key findings from the vulnerability assessment and greenhouse gas emission sources and trends in Hennepin County.
Building support and plan approval
The board provided clear direction that climate work is a priority, even in these difficult times. The board wants to see resources align around this priority, and they are interested in supporting greater collaboration among lines of business and with outside partners.
Staff have now shifted efforts to focus on conducting broader external engagement to involve community groups, businesses, foundations, and residents.
Staff aim to share a draft of the climate action plan with the board by the end of 2020. Board adoption of the plan, which will include a formal public comment process, will occur in 2021.