The city is in the process of developing several city and regional plans related to climate adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability. This includes achieving the goals of the Compact of Mayors, finalizing a Resilience Framework, developing a Climate Action and Adaptation plan, and conducting a vulnerability analysis for the regional comprehensive plan.
The Leadership in Community Resilience program can support and enhance these efforts in several ways. First, technical assistance can be provided to create a greenhouse gas inventory that is GPC compliant, a need that has been identified by the city. This inventory can be used to inform the updated climate plan and prioritize implementation strategies. Second, the grant funding can be utilized to sponsor a 'Climate Adaptation Workshop' in the first quarter of 2017. The goal of the workshop is to enhance public participation and engagement on climate adaptation and implementation, particularly with underrepresented communities.
Although the city has resources to conduct their internal planning efforts, their ability to connect this work with the community is more limited. The success of this workshop depends on a targeted outreach strategy will focus on building trust and strengthening relationships with communities in low-income and underrepresented areas that are most susceptible to incurring impacts from climate change.
Threats and Hazards
State of Minnesota natural hazards include tornadoes, floods, blizzards and ice storms as well as possible hail storms, thunderstorms and lightening, and extreme heat. According to the National Climate Assessment, Average regional temperatures have increased by 1.5 F in the past five decades with the largest increases in the Midwest and Northeast. Additional changes to the climate "will tend to amplify existing risks climate poses to people, ecosystems, and infrastructure. Direct effects will include increased heat stress, flooding, drought, and late spring freezes."