What is the Climate Action Plan?

Climate action plans are a tool used by organizations, communities, and cities to respond to a changing climate. A city’s characteristics such as economy, resources, and natural landscape are factors in creating strategies for mitigating (reducing) and adapting (adjusting) to local climate change impacts. 

The creation and implementation of a Climate Action Plan (CAP) is an organized way for the City to contribute to solving the global climate crisis.  CAPs can also help a community’s resident and business communities create improved resilience to the current and future impacts and risks of climate change. Climate action can also create investment in innovation, jobs and actions that save households and businesses money while improving quality of life—especially for community members on the frontlines of climate change

The City Council approved Edina's first Climate Action Plan in December 2021. The plan includes 200 actions that can be taken in Edina to meet goals by 2030. The City’s greenhouse gas emission 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: Transportation & Land Use, Water & Wastewater, Buildings & Energy, Local Food & Agriculture, Green Space & Trees, Climate Health & Safety and Climate Economy.

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1. How is climate change already having an impact on Edina?
2. Climate change is a global issue – can one community/family/person actually make a difference?
3. What is the Climate Action Plan?
4. How was the plan developed – and by whom?
5. How is the City tracking progress on climate actions?
6. What can I do to help?