I’m proud to welcome the Sierra Club North Star Chapter to Team Schroeder! This endorsement means a lot to me. I’m proud that one of our community’s fiercest sustainability advocates stands behind my plans to strengthen Minneapolis’ commitment to clean energy, environmental justice, and climate action.
Ward 11 deserves visionary, forward-thinking policy that supports a vibrant local clean energy economy and a zero-waste future. We need to expand renewable generation within our city’s borders. We need to ensure we have adequate financial resources to stave off the real threats posed by climate change. We need to get serious about zoning and transportation policies that support sustainability. And through it all, we need to make sure all Minneapolis residents see the benefits.
My sustainability priorities include city action on:
Inclusive financing, a common-sense idea that would enable every Minneapolis resident to make energy-saving (and cost-saving) improvements to their home or business with no upfront expense. Where implemented, the program has flourished with little risk and allowed widespread adoption of energy improvements.
Rooftop and community solar. Wherever possible, the city itself needs to walk its talk -- by using rooftop solar to power its buildings and supporting new community solar, for example. This would also create local jobs in the fast-growing clean energy economy, and the city should support workforce development and hiring programs that favor under-represented communities.
Utility planning. Minneapolis also has a first-of-its-kind partnership with the two utilities that serve residents, offering a unique opportunity to advance a progressive energy vision. I look forward to supporting staff and the citizen leaders who advise this Clean Energy Partnership.
Increasing the utility franchise fee a nominal amount to add more than $2 million to the city’s coffers specifically to support sustainability initiatives. Minneapolis can be a pioneer by truly putting its money where its mouth is on climate action.
Zoning reforms that support density, which can help individuals dramatically reduce their carbon footprints including by creating walkable neighborhoods.
Sustainable transportation infrastructure that enables pedestrians and cyclists as well as transit to flourish in our city. Our transportation sector is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, and that deserves serious attention.
I look forward to working alongside the Sierra Club -- and our community -- to transform these plans into our shared reality. (To learn more about my philosophy on sustainability, click here.)