Ramsey County and its residents face increased physical, social, health, and financial risks due to climate change. The State of Minnesota and Ramsey County have both conducted climate change vulnerability assessments in the past five years. Each concluded that the risks posed by climate change are greatest for vulnerable populations that include people of color, those experiencing poverty or homelessness, those without access to a car, and those who lack air conditioning at home. Ramsey County’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan defines resilience as “the capacity to respond, adapt, and thrive under changing conditions” and identifies resilience as a priority.3 The 2040 Comprehensive Plan states that “Ramsey County’s resiliency strategies will focus on mitigation and adaptation,” yet Ramsey County currently lacks a strategic approach to build resilience to adapt effectively to climate change.
This report provides a road map for Ramsey County to build its internal capabilities to proactively address climate-related risks and its associated impacts on residents’ health and well-being. It also provides a timeline for implementing these changes. Our recommendations align with Ramsey County’s four goals and its eight 2019 strategic priorities and are based on learnings from Ramsey County staff and case studies. Most importantly, given the connection between climate impacts and vulnerable populations, our recommendations promote racial equity in Ramsey County.
Capstone paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Public Policy degree.
Dalton, Max; Guerrero-Combs, Maia; Peterson, Kai; Rank, Hannah.
Resilient Ramsey County Building Internal Capacity for Climate Adaptation.
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