Climate Vulnerability Assessment – Metropolitan Council
Regional Risks and Opprtunities
highlights current and future impacts related to climate change within Minnesota. … For this reason, the Metropolitan Council’s Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) focuses on regional climate hazards related to localized flooding and extreme heat.

  • Regional climate vulnerability
  • Human Vulnerability
  • Localized Flood Risk
  • Heat Maps

Local Planning Handbook Resilience Planning – with great resources to get more out of your comprehensive plan

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

Energy Planning

LoGoPep –

Alliance / Pale Blue Dot – 

Xcel Energy Community Reports – Offer great data to any city or area served by Xcel Energy. They have a list of communities where reports are already assembled or your city can request a report if you submit a shapefile. 

Energy Planning Template for Cities – developed through the LOGOPEP Project

For more information, contact   Brian Ross  Senior Program Director, Great Plains Institute 612 501-1531 Five Minnesota cities in the Twin Cities Metro have been selected as partners for the Local Government Project for Energy Planning (LoGoPEP), an initiative that is developing energy planning tools for local governments.  The five selected partner cities include Oakdale, Eden Prairie, Falcon Heights, Maplewood, and Saint Louis Park. These cities will help pilot test the tools developed by the LoGoPEP team, including case studies of exemplar cities, a scenario planning or “wedge” tool that will quantify the level of action needed to meet reduction targets, and an energy planning template that can be incorporated into local government comprehensive plans.

Resources from our June 2017 Planning for Resilient Cities Workshop

Energy Mapping & Planning Brian Ross, Abby Finnis & Diana McKeown, Great Plains Institute

Local Commercial Building Benchmarking Ordinance

Hennepin County Pilot Project for Suburban Communities to adopt Commercial building benchmarking ordinances    Leah Hiniker, Hennepin Co. Energy Management
Katie Schmitt CEE Benchmarking Outreach and Policy Coordinator

Workshop Presentation  Hen Co Benchmarking Community Meeting Presentation 6-8-2017

City of Minneapolis Commercial Building Benchmarking and Transparency Program        Benchmarking Policy Overview              Ordinance text

CEE Mid-Sized City Building Energy Bench marking workshop
Webinar Resources    Slide Share

Energy Efficiency, Renewables & Electric Vehicles in Dakota County Tim Doherty, Stephanie Pederson , Dakota Electric   Dakota Electric Presentation DakotaElectricJune27ResilientCitiesPresentation

Adaptation Planning/ Surface Water/ Water Supply


Transportation/ Land Use


Health/ Economic Inclusion/ Equity





Our MN State CO2 Reduction Goal and Progress – Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 calls for cutting the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 15 percent below 2005 base levels by 2015, 30 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2050. Despite reduction efforts, Minnesota missed the 2015 goal and will miss the 2025 goal without additional work. To support and augment statewide efforts, Minnesota needs its cities, townships, and counties to take targeted action to reduce emissions within their community and drive change at the local and state level.


In July 2016 the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board released the updated MN Climate Action Plan –  Climate solution and Economic Opportunities – to get our state back on track to achieve our goals to reduce CO2 economy wide 30% by 2025 and 80% by 2050. The EQB is co-hosting our October 24 workshop to give cities practical strategies they can include in their Comprehensive Plans to do their part to help Minnesota continue being a leader in achieving the ambitious CO2 reduction goals adopted by the State of MN and through the U.N. Paris Climate Accord in December 2015.

Best Practice 29: Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience


MN Compass – Resources for Cities to access economic and health data


Access the  New MN Food Access Planning Guide

Make sure healthy food access and equity are part of your community’s long-range plan by leveraging the new Minnesota Food Charter Food Access Planning Guide. This toolkit can help!

Download the Food Access Planning Guide

Watch the Webinar – Working with MN Local Governments to Increase Access to Healthy Food: Part III – Integrating Questions?

Call Nadja Berneche, Healthy Comprehensive Planning Terra Soma, LLC (651)-968-3899


Metro Food Access Network Comprehensive Planning Action Team

The Comprehensive Planning Action Team currently aligns with the following Minnesota Food Charter strategy: Include healthy food access as an important component of local governments’ overall infrastructure and transportation planning. Partners: The Comprehensive Planning Action Team consists of about 10-15 partners representing funding agencies, local public health, and various nonprofit and grassroots organizations.