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Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota - 2013 Report of the Interagency Climate Adaptation Team

November 2013

Minnesota’s Interagency Climate Adaptation Team (ICAT) 2013 report highlights how the state is working to reduce impacts, increase resiliency, and adapt to climate change. The report provides a comprehensive overview of climate impacts in Minnesota, followed by all of the state agencies climate adaptation progress.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Rebuilding Minnesota Highway 210 near Jay Cooke State Park

November 2013

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) implemented several different solutions to address damage to Minnesota Highway 210 near Jay Cooke State Park to improve the future resilience of the highway. Measures include custom culvert design, soil stabilization, and replacing culverts with bridges. Multiple sections of Highway 210 remain closed while MnDOT conducts damage assessments and develops long-term plans.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Minneapolis Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies

May 2013

Created as part of a capstone project in Sustainability Planning at the University of Minnesota, with support from the Minneapolis Sustainability Office, this report depicts climate change impacts and potential adaptation strategies for Minneapolis, Minnesota. Adaptation goals are presented with recommended strategies, best practices, and case studies of these strategies implemented in other localities.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Minnesota Extreme Heat Toolkit

June 6, 2012

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)’s Extreme Heat Toolkit offers information, tools, and resources to local governments and public health professionals about preparing for and responding to extreme heat events.  The toolkit focuses on Minnesota examples and processes and describes practical, implementable steps and strategies to prevent morbidity and mortality from extreme heat at the local level. The toolkit also provides several appendices, including a generic heat response plan that can be tailored to meet the needs of a specific location.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework

January 15, 2011

A result of funding from passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Act in 2008, the Minnesota state legislature directed the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center to construct a 25-year water sustainability framework that describes the primary issues that must be addressed to achieve sustainable water use and recommendations for what the state should do to address those issues.

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Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota - Preliminary Report of the Interagency Climate Adaptation Team

August 2010

In July, 2009, an Interagency Climate Adaptation Team (ICAT) began to explore the potential effects of climate change in Minnesota, and to develop an adaptation plan for the state. This high-level report, the first work product of the team, synthesizes how climate change may affect Minnesota. The report includes an inventory of past, current and proposed state agency adaptation actions for key sectors including: agriculture, energy, health, natural resources, water and transportation.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Minnesota GreenStep Cities

June 2010

GreenStep Cities is a state-wide voluntary program for Minnesota cities to assist in implementing sustainable best management practices. Managed by a public-private partnership, this free continuous improvement program provides technical assistance and recognition for cities that adopt best practices in sustainability and resilience.   The GreenStep program identifies 29 best practices that cities can adopt to plan for climate impacts, increase energy efficiency and green and resilient buildings, foster green businesses and jobs, among other practices.

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Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group Final Report

April 2008

The Final Report of Minnesota's Climate Change Advisory Group provides a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast and policy recommendations for emissions reduction developed by the Force.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Regional climate change adaptation strategies for biodiversity conservation in a midcontinental region of North America (Minnesota)

May 7, 2009

Using climate projections from 16 models, this research assesses climate impacts on the biodiversity in a "mid-continental area of North America" (focused on Minnesota). The likely impacts are described, and adaptation options for eight landscape regions within the planning area are proposed, based on a resistance, resilience, and facilitation framework. The research addresses how to adjust Minnesota's conservation practices so the protected areas network continues to support the state's biodiversity facing climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan Galatowitsch, Lee Frelich, Laura Phillips-Mao

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Great Plains Institute

The mission of the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is to transform methods of producing, distributing, and consuming energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, technology acceleration, and local action, GPI promotes the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy. GPI's seven major areas of work include: