Minneapolis seeks input on climate change plan

Minneapolis city officials are looking for public input on a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city.

The draft Climate Action Plan will eventually go before the City Council, leading to policy changes.

The city has already set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2015 and 30 percent by 2025 from 2006 levels.

“We see climate change as a very important issue and a major challenge of this decade, and we want to make sure that we understand the feedback from the community and make sure we’re taking the right steps,” said Brendon Slotterback, the city’s sustainability coordinator.

Slotterback said building efficiency is a major part of the plan.

“Commercial and residential buildings make up the largest portion of greenhouse gas emissions coming from Minneapolis. So there’s big opportunities in that area,” he said.

The public can attend open houses on the Climate Action Plan from 5-7 p.m. tonight at Powderhorn Park Community Center, and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the U of M Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center in north Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis City Council is expected to take action on the Climate Action Plan early next year.

Besides building efficiency, the plan also suggests ways to reduce emissions from transportation and land use and improve recycling efforts. Here are a couple of examples of suggested efforts:

_ Increase fuel efficiency among city’s taxis

_ Construct 30 miles of on-street, protected bike facilities (cycle tracks) by 2020

_ Develop “green lease” model language that allows building owners and tenants to share the energy savings from building capital improvements

_ Help 75 percent of Minneapolis homeowners participate in whole-house efficiency retrofit programs by 2025

_ Increase composting of organics

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