MN EO 19-37: Establishing the Climate Change Subcabinet and the Governor's Advisory Council on Climate Change to Promote Coordinated Climate Change Mitigation and Resilience Strategies in the State of Minnesota

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 19-37 establishes a Climate Change Subcabinet to be comprised of leaders from across 15 state departments and agencies. The Subcabinet will identify state policies and strategies to build climate resilience, and to significantly mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The order acknowledges the disparities facing vulnerable populations, and commits Minnesota to develop climate adaptation strategies with and for frontline communities. 

The directive for climate change resilience strategy development by the Subcabinet is specifically to:

Identify policies and strategies that will enhance the climate resiliency of Minnesota's natural resources, working lands, and communities and assist the state enterprise, families, businesses, and local communities to prepare for climate change impacts that cannot be avoided or mitigated.

The Subcabinet will also focus on public engagement throughout the process of developing climate strategies and policies, and will create and implement a public engagement framework. This framework is to:

  • build partnerships with Tribal Nations, and communities across sectors such as transportation, agriculture, and natural resource conservation;
  • provide a “platform for dialogue” around how these climate mitigation and adaptation solutions will affect Minnesota residents;
  • determine regional differences of climate impacts across the state and develop local solutions; and
  • keep citizens informed and involved.

The EO also establishes a Governor’s Advisory Council on Climate Change which will be comprised of 15 members considered community leaders and stakeholders experienced across sectors.  The Advisory Council will address the feasibility of effective implementation of the Subcabinet’s proposed climate policies.  The Council will also track and promote equity by determining how climate change impacts affect communities across the state.

The EO identifies that disparities exist in Minnesota, including those based on race, gender, geography, and economic status, and that these disparities require considerations of social equity.

The Advisory Council will “Promote equity by examining how climate change impacts communities across the state and how potential solutions can address current disparities, incorporating the perspectives of people of color, indigenous people, rural Minnesotans, and other populations who experience disproportionate impacts from climate change."

The Subcabinet is asked for policy recommendations to meet Minnesota’s commitments to statewide greenhouse gas emission reductions across all sectors to a level at least 30% below 2005 levels by 2025, and to a level at least 80% below 2005 levels by 2050.

Progress updates from the Subcabinet to the Governor are due annually, with the first due by December 1, 2020. 



Publication Date: December 2, 2019

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  • State of Minnesota


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