Minneapolis 2040 in focus: How the City’s draft comprehensive plan addresses climate change
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How will Minneapolis adapt to climate change?
Minneapolis 2040—the City’s draft comprehensive plan that will shape how Minneapolis will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents benefit—tackles climate change head on. City staff are taking comments on the plan through July 22 and will present a revised plan to the City Council later this year.
Climate change resilience is one of the plan’s key goals adopted by the City Council based on feedback from the public early in the planning process. The draft plan states: “In 2040, Minneapolis will be resilient to the effects of climate change and diminishing natural resources, and will be on track to achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”
The plan features several proposed policies to make the city more resilient to the effects of climate change, including achieving steep increases in the energy efficiency of buildings; reducing the carbon impact of transportation through reduced single-occupancy vehicle trips and phasing out of fossil fuel vehicles; focusing on complete streets that prioritize walking first followed by bicycling, transit use and lastly, motor vehicles; and improving the tree canopy, among other strategies.
“The worst impacts of climate change are not inevitable,” the plan notes. “Moving to a more energy-efficient economy, renewable and reliable energy sources for buildings and transportation, and a less wasteful system has the potential not only to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but to improve public health, clean the air and water, and keep more dollars in the local economy.
The City of Minneapolis’ is sharing a series of short articles in coming weeks to take a closer look at Minneapolis 2040: the City’s draft comprehensive plan that will shape how the city will grow and change over the next two decades. The City is taking comments on the plan through July 22. PPNA will share each of these articles on our blog.