Climate Action Plan

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The City of Edina approved its first Climate Action Plan for the community in December, 2021. The plan helps those who live and work in Edina imagine and achieve a future where the earth and all who live on it thrive.

The plan includes 200 actions that can be taken in Edina to meet goals by 2030. The City’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals target a reduction in City operations and communitywide emissions by 45 percent below 2019 levels and achieve net zero emissions by 2050, in line with the 2015 global Paris Agreement. Goals are arranged under the categories of Transportation & Land Use, Water & Wastewater, Buildings & Energy, Local Food & Agriculture, Green Space & Trees, Climate Health & Safety and Climate Economy.

Want to take Action? Check out the "Host a CAP-in-a-box at your next community meeting!" on the right-hand side of this project site, or share your commitment to climate action below in the "Community Climate Action Tracker!"

Updates are shared on this site to inform and engage community members. Keep an eye on this project site for opportunities to learn more and get involved!

The City of Edina approved its first Climate Action Plan for the community in December, 2021. The plan helps those who live and work in Edina imagine and achieve a future where the earth and all who live on it thrive.

The plan includes 200 actions that can be taken in Edina to meet goals by 2030. The City’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals target a reduction in City operations and communitywide emissions by 45 percent below 2019 levels and achieve net zero emissions by 2050, in line with the 2015 global Paris Agreement. Goals are arranged under the categories of Transportation & Land Use, Water & Wastewater, Buildings & Energy, Local Food & Agriculture, Green Space & Trees, Climate Health & Safety and Climate Economy.

Want to take Action? Check out the "Host a CAP-in-a-box at your next community meeting!" on the right-hand side of this project site, or share your commitment to climate action below in the "Community Climate Action Tracker!"

Updates are shared on this site to inform and engage community members. Keep an eye on this project site for opportunities to learn more and get involved!

  • Host a Community Climate Action Meeting with the CAP-in-a-box meeting toolbox!

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    Are you an Edina community member passionate about climate action in the face of a warmer, wetter and more unpredictable climate?

    Do you want to get the word out about Edina’s new Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030?

    If you answered yes above, then “CAP-in-a-box” is for you!

    The CAP-in-a-box is a toolbox designed for Edina community groups and members interested in spreading the word and taking action on climate change. Community members can use the toolbox of resources to meet with groups and lead a discussion of ideas for strategies and activities they can undertake to help fight climate change. Groups might include garden clubs, recreation leagues, youth groups, faith communities, civic groups or neighborhood groups.

    Who should use this “CAP-in-a-box?”

    CAP-in-box is a tool for those interested in:

    • Tackling climate change
    • Sharing Edina’s Climate Action Plan
    • Connecting to a community groups open to learning more about climate action in Edina and ways they can be involved
    • Practice public speaking and presenting to a groups

    What do I have to do to use this “CAP-in-a-box?”

    Just a few steps and some are optional. Instructions and all materials are available on this project page here on the right-hand side.

    • Download and customize the “CAP-in-a-box” Templates for your community group
    • Schedule a presentation time with your community group
    • Optional: Share the meeting details with the City: who are you presenting to, when, how many expected attendees, and any resulting actions or follow-ups with the group
    • Request any printed materials from the City one week prior to your meeting by contacting Sustainability Manager Grace Hancock at ghancock@edinamn.gov.
    • Present to your community group and gather any questions or follow-up actions
    • Optional: Share any follow-up questions or actions with the City


    Every volunteer is invited to email the City’s Sustainability Division (ghancock@edinamn.gov) about their community climate action meeting and request any printed materials beyond the digital resources provided. Volunteers have the option to submit an after-meeting report, sharing any community feedback or questions with the City about climate action in Edina.

    Want to be in the know about future City sustainability events? Get registered as a Community Climate Action Outreach Volunteer apply with Volunteer Edina.

    Ready to take action? Make your climate commitment using the Community Climate Action Tracker.

    Question can be sent to Sustainability Manager, Grace Hancock at ghancock@EdinaMN.gov.

  • City Council Approves Edina's First Climate Action Plan

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    Edina, Minn., Dec. 9, 2021 – Energy and environment champions say Edina is now a deeper shade of green.

    The City Council at its meeting Dec. 7 approved Edina’s first Climate Action Plan. The plan outlines strategies and actions to support achieving increased climate resilience, reductions in local greenhouse gas emissions and further advancement of the City’s sustainability goals.

    The plan includes 200 actions that can be taken in Edina to meet goals by 2030. The City’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals are to be compatible with the 2015 Paris Agreement and target a reduction in City operations and communitywide emissions by 45 percent below 2019 levels and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Goals are arranged under the categories of Transportation & Land Use, Water & Wastewater, Buildings & Energy, Local Food & Agriculture, Green Space & Trees, Climate Health & Safety and Climate Economy.

    “Approval of this plan ties past diligent work toward a healthy environment in Edina to a future where long-time community members and newcomers alike can thrive,” said Sustainability Manager Grace Hancock. “It's been a joy to provide space for this plan to be developed in a way that is welcoming and equitable, and I'm excited to build on this strong foundation of community partnership as the City begins implementing this road map for a resilient Edina.”

    Development of the extensive plan took 11 months by a team of 26 people who considered feedback from almost 450 residents. The Climate Action Plan Team included residents and businesspeople Mindy Ahler, Kate Ebert, Sean Ewen, Sarah Irwin, Janet Kitui, Ana Martinez, Hilda Martinez, Lou Miranda, Jack Miller, Connie Mitchell, Rick Murphy, Bill Sierks, Paul Thompson, Gael Zembal.

    For more information, visit EdinaMN.gov/Sustainability. You can view the plan here.


  • EEC approves CAP at Oct. 14 meeting

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    The Edina Energy & environment Commission received the draft Climate Action Plan from the Climate Action Planning Team at their regular meeting on October 14. The EEC approved the plan with minor edits, and will recommend that City Council adopt this plan at a Council meeting scheduled later in 2021.

    Read the plan in the "Documents and Presentation" section of this project site.

  • Read Community Comments received on draft CAP

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    Community comments were received on the draft Climate Action Plan during the month of September, 2021. Read a summary report of all comments received during this time in the "Documents and Presentations" folder in the right-hand toolbar of this project site, or by clicking on this link: https://www.bettertogetheredina.org/10251/widgets/30577/documents/24451

  • Thanks for community comments on the draft Climate Action Plan!

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    Comments on the draft Climate Action Plan are now closed. Thank you for reading and commenting; stay tuned for EEC review and acceptance of the plan from the Climate Action Planning Team this fall, and their recommendation for adoption to the City Council later in 2021.

  • Comment on Draft Climate Action Plan

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    Edina's Climate Action Planning Team has completed a first draft of the city's first climate action plan. Review the full plan here and add your comments and questions by October 1st, 2021.

    Read and comment on the full plan: https://palebluedot.llc/edina-cap-review-menu

    Translation Services: If you would like to translate the full Draft Climate Action Plan, please download the file (link above) and use this online translation service.

    Engage in person: volunteers will promote the CAP in person at September Farmers’ Markets (Thursdays, 3-7pm at Centennial Lakes Park) as well as at the Fall into The Arts Festival (September 11-12, 10-5pm, Centennial Lakes Park).

    Follow the process: The CAP team, made up of 16 community members and 8 city staff, have met seven times over the course of 2021 to craft the plan. After public comment, the Energy & Environment Commission will receive the plan at their regular meeting on October 14 for review and comment. In December, the EEC will recommend a final plan to City Council for adoption.

  • What is in the Climate Action Plan?

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    A Climate Action Plan (CAP) helps a community identify what kind of natural and built environment they want to enjoy in the future, and what actions should be taken now to ensure that future.


    In Edina, the plan will help those who live and work in Edina imagine and achieve a future where the Earth and all who live on it thrive. At the center of the plan are the City’s values of environmental stewardship, community equity and engagement.


    The CAP includes the following parts:

    • Climate Baseline – includes a community greenhouse gas Inventory, climate vulnerability assessment and identification of existing actions already underway in the community.
    • Action plan – the Planning Team agreed on community goals and identified actions to be taken to meet them.
    • Community Engagement – community members receive information and opportunities to share their opinions about what to include in the plan.
    • Implementation – a successful plan includes what steps to take once the plan is written and the community is ready to start taking action.


    CAP Topics in Edina

    Transportation and Land Use

    Buildings and Energy Use

    Waste Management

    Water and Wastewater

    Local Food and Agriculture

    Greenspace and Trees

    Climate Health and Safety

    Climate Economy

  • Learn more about the CAP at Edina's Farmers Market!

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    Curious about how the climate action plan process is going? Want to meet some CAP team members or Energy & Environment Commission members in person? Come to Edina's Farmers Market every Thursday from 3-7pm at Centennial Lakes Park, now until the end of September to stay up to date on the climate action plan development and ways to be involved.

    Learn more here.

  • Results are in! Review Community Survey Feedback

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    344 Edina community members participated in the Community Climate Action Feedback survey, open from March - June, 2021. View the Results in the Documents & Presentations section of this project site, titled "Results: Community Climate Action Feedback."

  • Track Progress on City Goals with Environmental Performance Dashboard

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    The City has introduced a new tool for the public to stay informed of City commitments and progress on these goals related to environmental sustainability and resilience in Edina.

    Check out the NEW Environmental Performance Dashboard here.

    The City of Edina's Environmental Performance Dashboard shares information about the city's efforts and progress towards the sustainability goals outlined in the Environment chapter of City of Edina’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan. This tool will also serve to reflect key performance measures as the city pursues the focus areas of the Climate Action Plan.

    Developed as a storymap - this dashboard outlines the City of Edina's goals to address climate change and continue to build a city where all can thrive. It is divided into seven sections listed at the top of the page, and users can click on each tab to navigate to a particular topic. Users can scroll down in each tab to see background information, goals, progress, accomplishments and more.


Page last updated: 27 Jan 2022, 09:31 AM