Climate Change Resiliency
In October of 2015, the City of Minneapolis received a grant from the Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change in Health to address climate change within Minneapolis.
Partnering with the Minneapolis Office of Sustainability, this work helps to educate and engage the community around climate change risks, and achieve goals to help make the most vulnerable and disproportionately affected populations more resilient to climate change.
Some of the primary work of the project to achieve these goals is divided into phases, including:
- Analyzing Minneapolis' vulnerability to extreme heat and flooding as a result of climate change
- Engaging disproportionately affected residents in conversations around neighborhood climate resilience
- Advancing City of Minneapolis key employees' understanding of climate change impacts and communities' concerns as it relates to their work
Wait, What's Climate Change?
Changes in average weather conditions that persist over multiple decades or longer. Climate change encompasses both increases and decreases in temperature, as well as shifts in precipitation, changing risk of certain types of severe weather events, and changes to other features of the climate system. [source: GlobalChange.gov]
Phase 1: Climate Change Vulnerability
Similar to the City's Climate Action Plan (a set of goals and strategies to mitigate Minneapolis' contributions to climate change via greenhouse gas emissions), the Minneapolis Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment is a place-based assessment that identifies specific places at risk to climate change. The Office of Sustainability has the finished Minneapolis Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment report available on their page.
Phase 2: Community Engagement
Based on the results of the vulnerability assessment, three communities were identified to focus community outreach efforts. Those communities were Longfellow, Near North, and Phillips.
In each of these communities, two partnering community organizations (along with City project staff) lead discussions focusing on the effects of climate change. These are issues such as increased heat events, flooding, severe weather, more freeze-thaw cycles in cold months and subsequent effects on housing and infrastructure, and greater air pollution and pollen in warmer months.
Partnering Community Organizations
Phase 3: Project Stakeholder Education
This phase included an evaluation of the initial phase of the project, resulting in a report that summarizes what was learned from the community dialog events. This will culminated with a presentation of the report to the project stakeholders, including community partners, resident participants, and City leaders in the fall of 2017. City project staff will make recommendations to policy makers for areas where resources are needed to make Minneapolis more resilient to the effects of climate change.
Phase 4: Grant Extension
Minneapolis was fortunate enough to have an additional 6-month extension from January 1, 2018 through June 2018. As the final phase, the City of Minneapolis provided support and grant funding directly to community groups that had participated in earlier phases to manage their own projects.
The projects included:
- "A Very Snow Day" event - the Northside team held an event in February 2018 to discuss community planning for emergencies and weather events. The event was replicated in Northeast at the Water Bar in March 2018.
- "Prepared Parents" - Transition Longfellow assembled parenting forums to be held monthly to discuss preparedness preparations for families.
- A joint North-Northeast workshop was held at the Water Bar in May 2016 that included a discussion forum and preparation of emergency kits.
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Last updated Oct 23, 2018