Project Type: Research
Client: City of St. Louis Park
In May 2016, the City of St. Louis Park approved its climate inheritance resolution, formally marking the City’s commitment to tackling climate change. St. Louis Park established a bold but achievable goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040. Reaching this goal will require aggressive action on the part of the City, its residents, and its businesses. Knowing this, the City commissioned the Great Plains Institute, along with Orange Environmental and LHB, to assist in creating a climate action plan. The team is currently working to develop a climate action plan that will include strategic pathways, a framework for measurement, and action steps for community electricity, natural gas, and transportation emission reductions.
GPI, LHB, and Orange Environmental created a baseline Greenhouse Gas Inventory for the City’s operations. We worked with city staff to compile the necessary data and presented our findings as a report for consideration by City Council. The report included recommendations for maintaining and tracking data in the future.
A key driver of this plan was the community’s young leaders. Many students participated in the creation of the plan and were present for its adoption. This plan includes continued engagement of youth to ensure accountability and results.
The complete climate action plan can be viewed here.