Climate Action Plan

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In 2018, the St. Louis Park City Council passed a Climate Action Plan with the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality — having a net zero carbon footprint — by 2040. The plan provides guidance for residents, businesses and the city on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and impacts of climate change.

The plan was created by the St. Louis Park Environment and Sustainability Commission in partnership with the youth of St. Louis Park.

Midterm goals

Along with three kick start projects, the Climate Action Plan describes seven midterm goals that will reduce the city’s overall carbon emissions by 55 percent by 2030:

  1. Reduce energy consumption in large commercial buildings by 30 percent.
  2. Reduce energy consumption in small- to mid-size commercial buildings by 30 percent.
  3. Design and build all new construction to be net-zero energy.
  4. Reduce energy consumption in residential buildings by 35 percent.
  5. Achieve 100 percent renewable electricity.
  6. Reduce vehicle emissions by 25 percent.
  7. Reduce solid waste by 50 percent from business as usual.

City initiatives

To achieve the goals outlined in the Climate Action Plan, the city has implemented energy efficiency practices, increased renewable energy usage and made other operational improvements.
The city has also collaborated with Great Plains Institute to create a solar suitability assessment map to help homeowners, businesses and schools determine their property's solar photovoltaic (PV) system potential.
Learn more about city initiatives that have been done to reach the goal of carbon neutrality by 2040.

How can I help?

Interested participating in the Climate Action Plan? Visit the Take Action page for resources on how to participate in energy savings programs, increase renewable energy use and help the city reduce overall emissions.

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