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