Climate Resilient Communities: Ensure city infrastructure and residents are resilient to the shocks and stresses of climate change.
To be resilient to the effects of climate change and diminishing natural resources, the city’s residents, communities, businesses and systems must be able to survive, adapt and thrive despite the stresses and shocks caused by climate change. Accomplishing this requires supporting and fostering an environment where residents of Minneapolis are well-connected to their neighbors and have social support systems in times of stress and shock. It requires a physical environment, such as trees and landscaping, that helps provide shade and passive cooling opportunities in the summer and reduces the impact of extreme cold in the winter. It requires stormwater infrastructure that can handle larger storm events, and it requires water resources sufficient to last through periods of drought. It requires energy systems that can efficiently handle periods of high demand and buildings that rely less on electricity and natural gas. It requires a transportation system that functions throughout extreme weather events, and it requires land use capable of accommodating population shifts due to climate migration.
The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to ensure city infrastructure and residents are resilient to the shocks and stresses of climate change.
- Strengthen connections among individuals and networks while promoting social inclusion and cohesion.
- Anticipate and prepare for pressures and shocks that climate change will introduce or worsen by collaborating across City departments, government agencies, private businesses and organizations, and resident networks.
- Decrease demand for energy and increase the proportion derived from renewable energy sources.
- Increase carbon sequestration in soils.
- Establish an urban tree canopy goal and adopt a plan to manage the urban heat island effect across all communities.
- Consider climate forecasts in stormwater feasibility and modeling work to inform infrastructure investments. Conduct risk and cost-benefit analyses for increasingly extreme rain events on all stormwater infrastructure investments.
- Develop guidance that encourages climate-sensitive design for residential and commercial buildings, parking lots, and open spaces and parks.