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Grand Marais Seeks Climate Action Plan Input

Apr 03, 2019 10:00AM ● By Editor

Media Release from the City of Grand Marais - April 3, 2019

In 2016, a local youth organization identified that the City of Grand Marais lacked action against the threats of climate change. In response, the Grand Marais City Council passed the Climate Inheritance Resolution in 2017 and began developing a Climate Action Plan that “significantly reduces Grand Marais’ greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would protect our community’s children and grandchildren from the risk of climate change.” In 2018 a coordinator was hired to develop the plan along with a steering committee of community members, business owners, city officials, and local youth. 

A Climate Action Plan, or CAP, is a roadmap that identifies a city’s carbon emission levels and aims to reduce them sustainably. The Grand Marais CAP has four major sections. The first is a Greenhouse Gas Inventory, a study done by Regional Indicators Initiative, an organization that measures performance metrics for Minnesota cities. This study details the sources of Grand Marais’ carbon emissions and describes renewable energy resource potential in the city. The second major section of the plan specifies the goals Grand Marais has set for reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades. The primary objective of this plan is to be a carbon neutral city by 2040. The third section outlines broad strategies the city will take to achieve its goals. The final section is a point-by-point list of tactics, which describe exactly how the city can cut carbon emissions to levels that fulfill the Climate Inheritance Resolution.

The Climate Action Plan steering committee has prepared a draft of the plan and is seeking public input before presenting it to the Grand Marais City Council for approval. Your feedback is much appreciated and will be considered in the final draft of the Climate Action Plan.

The Climate Action Plan and survey are available at

If you have any questions, please call Patrick Knight at 218-387-1848.

Patrick Knight, Communications Director
Office: 218-387-1848
Email: [email protected]
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