Presentations and Handouts from the Alliance for Sustainability 

Workshop for Cities with the MN EQB & MN Compass

Planning for Resilient Cities  Monday October 24, 2016   Wilder Foundation St Paul,


Please share our Oct 24 resource guide and presentations with other interested staff, elected leaders, commission and community volunteers in your community to get more out of your city’s comprehensive plan update. Thanks!

Sign up to join us for our follow up Resilient Cities Cluster meetings in the Spring of 2017 in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington counties to learn from the best examples from cities in your county of sample goals and strategies for including resilience in your comprehensive plan including mitigation/energy, adaptation/water, transportation /land use, health/equity

Oct 24 Workshop Resource Guide    oct24workshophandoutscompplanningresources

Here are the insights & next steps on catalyzing action identified by staff and commission volunteers from 38 metro cities from our Oct 24 Planning for Resilient Citys Workshop.  oct24nextstepsparticipantinsightsplanningforresilientcitiesafors-eqb

Welcome from MN Compass & how to access data  sets on equity & health   Presentation  mncompass10-24-16

Meeting our state climate goalsClimate Solutions & Economic Opportunities  1pm Will Seuffert, MN EQB, 6pm Ellen Anderson, U of MN Energy Transition Lab

Energy Planning – Tapping your communities’ energy resources to meet CO2 reduction goals and strengthen your local economy. Brian Ross, Abby Finis Great Plains Institute

Transportation & Land use for vital low-carbon communities, including transit oriented development –

Adaptation Planning – preparing your city’s infrastructure & residents to be ready for extreme weather – Laura Millberg, MPCA, Leslie Yetka, Fresh Water Society

Planning for Health, Equity & Economic Vitality – for all residents – Dr. Bruce Corrie, Bruce Buckner – ONE MN,

Policy Minute Presentations – One minute videos featuring a policy idea

Minnesota Food Access Planning Guide – Nadja Berneche – Healthy Comprehensive Planning, Terra Soma (651)-968-3899

Youth Engagement – example from the High School Environmental Club in St. Louis Park asking the City Council to pass a climate inheritance resolution to develop a city climate action plan to meet MN emissions reduction goals.

Thank you to our co-sponsors! –  Alliance for Sustainability, MN EQB, Wilder Fdn/MN Compass, Headwaters, Bush & McKnight Foundations, Bolton & Menk, Center for Energy & Environment, EOR Inc., Ever-Green Energy, Eutectics, Great Plains Institute, LHB Corp., Concordia University,, MCEA, Transit for Livable Communities, U of MN Design Center, Energy Transition Lab, Resilient Communities Project, MN Facilitators Network, Institute for Cultural Affairs

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Find new Resources on line at

Alliance for Sustainability Resource Page – Resilience Planning Resources

Local Planning Handbook 

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

PlanIt the Metropolitan Council’s effort to provide educational opportunities for the 2040 comprehensive plan update process.

PlanIt includes webinars, workshops, seminars, and conferences. We are also expanding the Local Planning Handbook’s online resources with a series of online tutorials and expert articles on all things related to comprehensive planning. The 2016 program will focus on the basics and the 2017 program will focus on topics that help you get more out of your plan.

Webinar – Comprehensive Planning for Solar Energy Systems Thursday, November 10, 2016 12:00 – 1:30 PM Presented by Eric Wojchik and Brian Ross

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

Metro Cities Comp Plan Workshops U of MN Metropolitan Design Center,

  • 27th Neighborhood Enhancement and Stabilization – Hopkins
  • 1st Public Places and District Storm Water Management – Ramsey
  • 10th Public Art – Brooklyn Park

Nov. 17th  Energy Systems & Resiliency – New Brighton

2016-2017 GreenStep Cities Workshop Series – These technical workshops will be held the first Wednesday from 9:00am to 11:00am every month (September through June) at the League of Minnesota Cities Building in Saint Paul.  Attend in person or via webinar!  Resources posted at


  • October 5th: Energy, Data, and Setting Goals — oh my!
  • November 2nd: City Resiliency
  • December 7th: Get Moving With Many Modes of Transportation
  • January 4th: Clean Energy, Including Solar Gardens
  • February 1st: Brownfields 101
  • March 1st: Water Conservation and Reuse
  • April 5th: Parks, Trails, and Nature Play
  • May 3rd: Sustainable Purchasing
  • June 7th: Don’t be salty — Addressing the Impact of Street Salts on City Drinking Water