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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment & Resilience

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The City of Minneapolis is doing more on climate change than reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is also looking at the potential impacts that climate change will have on the City and how we can adapt to changes and/or increase our resilience.

In fall 2015, the City of Minneapolis was awarded a small Public Health Institute (PHI) Climate Learning Collaborative Grant from the Center for Climate Change & Health. With this grant the City collaborated with a group of Urban & Regional Planning graduate students from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to conduct a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. The Assessment focused on the social and landscape vulnerabilities to extreme heat/urban heat island effect and flooding from extreme rain events.

Contact kelly.muellman@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3014 for questions or access to data used in the assessment.

Next steps for the PHI grant in 2016 are for the City to take the results of the Assessment and identify two to three communities in Minneapolis in which to conduct Community Climate Conversations. The goal of the Conversations are to build the capacity of local community leaders to understand the impacts of climate change and engage with residents on developing neighborhood-scale climate resilience solutions. The City will be partnering with Macalester College on the development of the engagement process and an evaluation, to take place in spring 2017.

Last updated Mar 3, 2017

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