Sustainability & Resilience
Climate trends suggest that in the next 50 years Minnesota will experience increased precipitation, hotter summers, warmer and wetter winters, and more severe weather events. Such changes could damage infrastructure, drain resources, and impair a City’s capacity to respond to residents’ needs.
To ensure it will survive and thrive under these chronic stresses and extreme events, the City of Golden Valley is developing a sustainability and resilience plan, which will be included in its 2040 Comprehensive Plan update. Consideration of the community’s vulnerabilities—and responses to those vulnerabilities—will strengthen Golden Valley’s ability to prepare for and respond to climate impacts.
Definitions & Goals
Sustainability aims to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This will ensure that future generations of Golden Valley have the ability to use its resources to survive and grow.
Resilience is the capacity to respond, adapt, and thrive under changing conditions. This includes planning for more severe weather and prolonged heat waves, for improved health of residents, and for economic strength and diversity.
Resilience encompasses planning at several levels. For example, cities must develop strategies to respond to changing rainfall patterns that require additional storm water management capacity. Individuals should prepare their homes for prolonged power outages that may be brought on by severe weather.
Which of these should be Golden Valley’s top priorities? Share your thoughts.
- Encourage use of renewable energy, including wind, solar, etc
- Encourage waste reduction, recycling, and composting
- Encourage energy efficiency for buildings and lighting
- Enhance water quality
- Maintain/increase vegetation
- Educate and engage the public in sustainability opportunities
- Enhance air quality
- Foster local food production
- Build community resilience to changing climate
Are You Ready?
It’s always a good idea to be prepared for inclement weather or power outages in your home. Here are some household items you can gather to ensure that if a disaster strikes, you’ll be ready.
- Three-day supply of non-perishable food (dried fruit, canned tuna fish, peanut butter, etc)
- Water (at least a gallon per person, per day)
- Can opener
- First aid kit
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for everyone in your family
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and other personal items
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a waterproof, portable container
- Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio with extra batteries
- Cell phone with charger, extra battery, or solar charger
Other Actions You Can Take
- Sign up for GV Emergency to receive emergency notifications via text, phone call, or email .
- Consider putting a smaller emergency kit in your car.
- Conduct a fire/storm/tornado drill with members of your household to ensure that everyone knows the plan for different emergency situations .
- Look at FEMA checklists for more items you may want to have on hand in case of an emergency.
- Check out the following FEMA guides for specific weather-related emergencies you may encounter: