Climate Resilience Planning for Cities

Your City is invited to join a Resilient Cities Cluster 

Meet with your peers from 8 to 10 cities in your county twice in 2017 to share your draft comprehensive plan language on energy, adaptation and health/equity/economic vitality. Please RSVP to join us for our

Metro Workshop for Cities with the MN EQB & MN Compass

Planning for Resilient Cities

Monday October 24, 2016

Wilder Foundation  451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104

1:00 to 4:00pm – City Staff Workshop

5:00 to 6:00pm – Networking Reception

6:00 to 8:30pm – Community Workshop

Meet with your peers from 40 metro cities to share practical strategies your city can include to get more out of your Comprehensive Plan

Free Event, Please RSVP

Event Agenda (below) Event Flyer oct24planningforresilientcitiesmetroworkshop

We invite you to bring a team of 3 or more staff for our 1pm Staff Workshop and a team of 3 or more commission or community volunteers and/or elected leaders for our 6pm community workshop so your team can participate in the concurrent small group conversations.   Everyone is welcome to attend either session.

Co-sponsored by the Alliance for Sustainability, MN Environmental Quality Board, MN Compass, Wilder Foundation, Headwaters, Bush & McKnight Foundations, Center for Energy & Environment, EOR Inc., Ever-Green Energy, LHB Corp. and U of MN Energy Transition Lab & Resilient Communities Project.

 

To participate in a Resilient Cities Cluster please RSVP here or contact Sean Gosiewski, Executive Director, Alliance for Sustainability, 612-250-0389 sean@afors.org

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January 2017 to September 2017 – Resilient Cities Clusters – we will support 50 metro cities to share their draft comprehensive language in groups of 5 to 8 cities in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties. In 2017 The Alliance for Sustainability will work closely with our county and nonprofit resource partners, watershed districts and utilities to convene interested city staff & commission volunteers in each county to meet together two times in 2017 as they write their resilience sections of their comprehensive plans (including energy, adaptation and health/equity/economic vitality to

  • Share and compare draft plan language, goals and strategies
  • Connect with resources to map existing conditions, energy usage, climate vulnerabilities, health, etc.
  • Learn from cities that have developed energy action plans & implementation strategies through Xcel’s Partners in Energy, LoGoPep the Mayors Compact, MN GreenSteps or to help meet our MN CO2 reduction goals.
  • Develop implementation strategies for their comprehensive plans including identifying new funding sources, quality technical advisors, community and business engagement strategies, benchmarking and tracking results
  • We will then contribute case studies that other cities can benefit from to the local planning handbook http://metrocouncil.org/Handbook/Plan-Elements/Resilience.aspx

Many cities in the metro area have environmental commissions, and over the years, the focus of those commissions have been on stormwater management, improving impaired waters, ordinance writing, and other municipal concerns as they arise.

But lately, there has been a new topic added to the agenda: Resilience. We know climate change is happening, and we know we are seeing more storms, more violent storms, and more flooding. Can we plan to adjust to these new realities? Can we make our communities more “resilient” — more able to prevent damage and more able to recover from bad episodes?

We can! And to that end, the Metropolitan Council has added a chapter on resilience to the 10 comprehensive plan chapters that cities are in the process of writing now.

If you are new to what this means and how cities can reduce their contribution to global warming pollution and to be safe in the face of more weather events, here is a link to Met Council’s site. It is great background information!