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Climate change is threatening residents of Minneapolis, with hotter temperatures, destructive storms, extreme precipitation events, flooding, and changing ecosystems. The least advantaged people are impacted the most and scientists predict these effects will worsen over the coming decades.

A key strategy for mitigating the effects of climate change is to expand the tree canopy coverage. Trees sequester carbon, capture stormwater, filter air pollutants, cool streets and buildings, and provide wildlife habitat. According to a University of Minnesota study, our tree canopy will continue to decline without action.

Climate Resiliency Initiative

Green Minneapolis’ Climate Resiliency Initiative is a proposed public/private partnership to significantly expand the urban tree canopy across the City of Minneapolis, and ultimately across the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  Designed to address the City of Minneapolis climate emergency, it is a 20 year vision to plant and maintain 200,000 additional trees on City streets and parkland.  This initiative includes identifying new funding sources for tree planting and maintenance, including establishing Minnesota’s first Urban Tree Carbon Offset Program.

Carbon Offset Program

A key component of the Climate Resiliency Initiative is the establishment of the first urban forestry carbon offset program in Minnesota. 

Carbon Offset Programs allow businesses or individuals to offset their environmental footprint by paying for carbon credits from other entities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Climate Resiliency Initiative will bring together individuals and companies that are taking action on their environmental footprint by investing in the local tree canopy and community. 

Calculate your own environmental footprint here.

Those interested in investing in the Climate Resiliency Initiative to reduce their environmental footprint can make a donation. All funds raised for the Initiative will go towards promoting the initiative.