Let’s get Minnesota on Track to meet the new U.N. Climate Targets – 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050 www.allianceforsustainability.com/executive-orders/           

As the nations of the world meet in Madrid this week to speed up implementation of the Paris Accord, the U.N. scientists warn that “deeper and faster cuts are now required” www.un.org/en/climatechange/

Sample TY Message & Recommendations  NextStepsMNClimateCabinetDec2019

Thank you Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan for your strong leadership for clean energy, low carbon transportation and a prosperous and equitable Minnesota!

Thank you for signing Executive Order 19-37 establishing the Climate Change Sub-cabinet and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Climate to catch up Minnesota in achieving our GHG emission targets! and 100% by 2050.)

As the Climate sub-cabinet begins its work please coordinate with the MN Environmental Partnership and other energy, climate and equity coordinating tables to expand collaboration beyond state agencies by

  • Organizing the Advisory Council on Climate using a hub and spoke model with representatives maintaining ongoing communication and engagement with additional interested stakeholder groups &
  • Creating topic-specific work groups to cover all major sources of emissions


Governor Walz please instruct your Climate Change sub-cabinet to include in their annual report in Dec 2020

  • Pathways for MN to achieve the updated U.N. climate goals (50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050)
  • Responsible parties and timelines for implementing each strategy and methods to maintain mutual accountability for implementation.
  • High impact strategies covering
    • All emissions sources – electricity supply, buildings, transportation/land use, adaptation/ resilience, sequestration/agriculture/forestry/peat, consumption/resource recovery
    • All levels of action – state agencies, legislative, rulemaking, cities regions, business, individuals
  • Strategies to advance racial equity synching up with Executive order 19-1 One MN Equity Council – to expand equitable access to new opportunities and to mitigate risks
  • Strategies to advance Geographic equity by working with the Met Council, EQB, MPCA, RDSDs to develop menus of high-impact policies/projects for cities, towns & regions

Ask your Climate Change Subcabinet to set up systems that strengthen partnerships for action planning, and to maintain transparency and accountability for implementation among

  • State Agencies/Stakeholders on the Climate Sub Cabinet, EQB & One MN Equity Council (19-1)
  • University of MN Centers, Researchers and Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
  • Nonprofits covering all GHG emissions categories, energy, buildings, transportation, agriculture
  • Communities & Regions – Met Council, MPOs, Regional Development Commissions, Cities, towns

Ensure Racial equity synching up with Executive order 19-1 One MN Equity Council – to expand equitable access to new opportunities and to mitigate risks

Ensure Geographic equity by working with the Met Council, EQB, MPCA, RDSDs to develop high-impact policies/projects for cities, towns & regions


Previous Climate Related Actions and Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 19-1 – Establishing the One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity with state agencies and external stakeholders
  • Executive Order 19-25 Advancing Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Programs for Public Buildings
  • Executive Order 19-26 Continuing the Office of Energy Security as the Division of Energy Resources within the Department of Commerce
  • Clean Car Rulemaking – Taking a key step September 25 to move ahead with Clean Car standards in MN to combat climate change, protect public health, increase consumer choice, create jobs, and save Minnesotans money at the pump pca.state.mn.us/air/clean-cars-mn-rulemaking
  • Press Release – Executive Order 19-37 establishing the Climate Change Subcabinet and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Climate Change to build on existing interagency collaboration and climate-related initiatives, and guide the Walz-Flanagan Administration in the pursuit of bold and collaborative action to combat climate change. https://mn.gov/governor/news/?id=1055-412110
  • Star Tribune – Walz announces climate change subcabinet (Star Trib Dec 3, 2019) It will be tasked to catch state up to emission targets. 
  • MPR News – Walz forms climate ‘subcabinet’ to get MN back on track with emissions goals
    Elizabeth Dunbar and Brian Bakst St. Paul December 2, 2019Gov. Tim Walz Monday tapped the heads of multiple Minnesota government agencies to be part of a new collaboration aimed at getting the state back on track with its climate change goals.Walz said he’ll look to the new climate change subcabinet to suggest policy changes and coordinate responses to reduce harmful emissions and to provide more resiliency as the state experiences heavier rains and warming temperatures.

    Minnesota lawmakers set greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in 2007 as part of the Next Generation Energy Act, but so far the state isn’t meeting them. The law calls for a 30 percent reduction in emissions throughout Minnesota’s economy by 2025 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

    “We must protect Minnesota’s way of life by putting our state at the forefront of finding innovative solutions to climate change,” Walz said Monday at a news conference announcing the subcabinet. “Climate change is no longer a far-off possibility, as Minnesotans across our state are suffering through its devastating effects right now.”

    Walz said the state must think about how to build roads differently, protect shorelines and adjust to changes in growing seasons. He said public health is also a concern as temperatures rise, which could worsen things like air pollution and insect-borne diseases.

    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop will steer the panel. It will have representatives from 14 other agencies and boards. Walz also created a new advisory council of up to 15 members appointed by the governor to provide his administration with guidance on climate action.

    Bishop said the advisory council will be made up of business, community and environmental leaders, scientists and local government officials. She said the MPCA’s mission is to protect the environment and public health, but climate change is making that job more difficult and complex.

    “Climate change is our greatest challenge. We must act to protect the Minnesota we love and the Minnesota we want and expect for our future generations,” Bishop said.

    The executive action follows an announcement in September that Walz’s administration will pursue new rules that could allow more electric and other low-emissions vehicles to be sold in the state. The governor and DFL lawmakers also proposed legislation earlier this year to require 100 percent clean electricity in the state by 2050, but the Republican-controlled Senate opposed it.