In February 2018, the St. Louis Park City Council adopted a Climate Action Plan with the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality, having a net zero carbon footprint, by 2040.
The Climate Action Plan begins with three kick-start projects designed to catalyze engagement with the community and build momentum for change:
- A youth-led initiative; building on the city’s history of engaging its young residents.
- Centralizing information about the plan and other climate action resources into one, easy-to-find hub for households and business to reference.
- Accelerating adoption of electric vehicles by installing chargers in public parking lots.
Those kick-start projects are to be followed by seven climate goals, each accompanied by a series of strategies and specific initiatives and actions:
- Reduce energy consumption in large commercial buildings 30 percent by 2030.
- Reduce energy consumption in small- to mid-size commercial buildings 30 percent by 2030.
- Design and build all new construction to be net-zero energy by 2030.
- Reduce energy consumption in residential buildings 35 percent by 2030.
- Achieve 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.
- Reduce vehicle emissions by 25 percent by 2030.
- Reduce solid waste 50 percent by 2030 from business as usual
Frequently asked question
What is the city doing to lead the way on this plan?
The City of St. Louis Park is helping lead the way toward carbon neutrality with its own buildings. In 2017, solar arrays were installed on the Municipal Service Center and on Fire Station 2. Four city buildings are now 100 percent electrically powered by renewable energy – City Hall, the police station and both fire stations.
Climate Action Plan
- Climate Action Plan adopted by St. Louis Park City Council
- Climate Action Plan iMatter Press Release
Shannon Pinc, environment and sustainability coordinator