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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment & Resilience

Climate and Health Vulnerability Assessment

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The City of Minneapolis is doing more on climate change than reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is also looking at the potential impacts that climate change will have on the City and how we can adapt to changes and/or increase our resilience.

In fall 2015, the City of Minneapolis was awarded a small Public Health Institute (PHI) Climate Learning Collaborative Grant from the Center for Climate Change & Health. With this grant the City collaborated with a group of Urban & Regional Planning graduate students from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to conduct a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. The Assessment focused on the social and landscape vulnerabilities to extreme heat/urban heat island effect and flooding from extreme rain events.

Contact [email protected] or 612-673-3014 for questions or access to data used in the assessment.

Climate and Health Community Workshops

Based on the results of the vulnerability assessment, the City identified four communities to focus community outreach efforts from 2016-2018. Those communities were Phillips, Longfellow, Near North, and Northeast.

In each of these communities, two partnering community organizations (along with City project staff) lead discussions focusing on the effects of climate change. These are issues such as increased heat events, flooding, severe weather, more freeze-thaw cycles in cold months and subsequent effects on housing and infrastructure, and greater air pollution and pollen in warmer months. The City partnered with Macalester College on the development of the engagement process and evaluation.

Neighborhoods at Risk - Headwaters Foundation Mapping Tool

The City of Minneapolis partnered with Headwaters Economics and a coalition of cities to develop Neighborhoods at Risk, a simple and flexible climate risk planning tool.

Neighborhoods at Risk is designed to provide access to up-to-date, practical, neighborhood-level information about at-risk people and their vulnerability to the impacts from climate change. The tool allows you to map neighborhoods using criteria for climate risks and socioeconomic stressors–including age, race, and income–overlaid with factors such as extreme heat, proximity to floodplains, and canopy cover.

Last updated Dec 31, 2018



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