Resilience Planning Resources

Local Planning Handbook Resilience Planning – with great resources to get more out of your comprehensive plan

Resilience Plan – Infrastructure and Environment, Energy Infrastructure and Resources, Healthy Communities and Economy & Society.

Resource People


Webinar – Comprehensive Planning for Solar Energy Systems

Thursday, November 10, 2016 12:00 – 1:30 PM Presented by Eric Wojchik and Brian Ross


Planners can also mark your calendar to attend the

Sustainability Workshop at the PlanIt Training Conference December 13, 2016, Earle Brown Center on

Integrating Sustainability and Resilience in your Comp plan, with highlights from the Burnsville case study Presented by Eric Wojchik, Brian Ross Brett Emmons, & Burnsville staff


Your City can apply to join Xcel’s Partners in Energy Program for 2017 – Cities can apply by October 14, 2016.  More and more communities are realizing energy planning plays a critical role in helping them reach their goals. The benefits of wise energy choices are diverse. By working with citizens, businesses, and even their own government facilities, a community can shave dollars off utility bills, promote renewables, drive resource conservation or contribute toward greenhouse gas reduction goals. We help you address the challenge of identifying local priorities and then structure a path that leverages all resources available.


Xcel Energy Community Reports – Offer great data to any city or area served by Xcel Energy. They have a list of communities where reports are already assembled or your city can request a report if you submit a shapefile. 

Webinar – Comprehensive Planning for Solar Energy Systems  

Thursday, November 10, 2016 12:00 – 1:30 PM  Presented by Eric Wojchik and Brian Ross


Energy Planning Template for Cities – developed through the LOGOPEP Project

This template will be available for your city to use in November will be posted at

For more information, contact  Maureen Colburn, Project Manager, at 612.752.6954 or  or  Brian Ross  Senior Program Director, Great Plains Institute 612 501-1531 Five Minnesota cities in the Twin Cities Metro have been selected as partners for the Local Government Project for Energy Planning (LoGoPEP), an initiative that is developing energy planning tools for local governments.  The five selected partner cities include Oakdale, Eden Prairie, Falcon Heights, Maplewood, and Saint Louis Park. These cities will help pilot test the tools developed by the LoGoPEP team, including case studies of exemplar cities, a scenario planning or “wedge” tool that will quantify the level of action needed to meet reduction targets, and an energy planning template that can be incorporated into local government comprehensive plans.

Our MN State CO2 Reduction Goal and Progress – Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 calls for cutting the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 15 percent below 2005 base levels by 2015, 30 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2050. Despite reduction efforts, Minnesota missed the 2015 goal and will miss the 2025 goal without additional work. To support and augment statewide efforts, Minnesota needs its cities, townships, and counties to take targeted action to reduce emissions within their community and drive change at the local and state level.


In July 2016 the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board released the updated MN Climate Action Plan –  Climate solution and Economic Opportunities – to get our state back on track to achieve our goals to reduce CO2 economy wide 30% by 2025 and 80% by 2050. The EQB is co-hosting our October 24 workshop to give cities practical strategies they can include in their Comprehensive Plans to do their part to help Minnesota continue being a leader in achieving the ambitious CO2 reduction goals adopted by the State of MN and through the U.N. Paris Climate Accord in December 2015.


Learn how you can incorporate strategies from our MN Climate Action Plan in your City’s Comp plan through our Alliance for Sustainability Workshop 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  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. Co-sponsored by the Alliance for Sustainability, MN Environmental Quality Board, MN Compass, Wilder Foundation, Headwaters, Bush & McKnight Foundations, EOR Inc., LHB Corp. and U of MN Energy Transition Lab & Resilient Communities Project

Best Practice 29: Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience


MN Compass – Resources for Cities to access economic and health data


Access the  New MN Food Access Planning Guide

Make sure healthy food access and equity are part of your community’s long-range plan by leveraging the new Minnesota Food Charter Food Access Planning Guide. This toolkit can help!

Download the Food Access Planning Guide

Watch the Webinar – Working with MN Local Governments to Increase Access to Healthy Food: Part III – Integrating Questions?

Call Nadja Berneche, Healthy Comprehensive Planning Terra Soma, LLC (651)-968-3899


Metro Food Access Network Comprehensive Planning Action Team

The Comprehensive Planning Action Team currently aligns with the following Minnesota Food Charter strategy: Include healthy food access as an important component of local governments’ overall infrastructure and transportation planning. Partners: The Comprehensive Planning Action Team consists of about 10-15 partners representing funding agencies, local public health, and various nonprofit and grassroots organizations.