Sustainability leader tapped to create aggressive, long-term action plan to reduce emissions and mitigate effects of climate change on most vulnerable communities
LOS ANGELES — As climate hazards increase and impact urban centers across the country, Buro Happold has been selected through a competitive process for a wide-reaching Climate Action and Resilience Plan project for the St. Paul, Minn.-based Metropolitan Council. Through the Climate Action and Resilience Plan, the organization known as the Metropolitan Council aims to focus on “embedding climate change and resilience planning into Council operations and planning. The plan will also lay the foundation for regional policy that informs planning efforts in the years ahead by identifying effects related to infrastructure, operations, and planning.
The impact of the solutions will be significant. The Metropolitan Council, the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for 186 cities and townships as well as seven counties in the Twin Cities region, represents approximately half of Minnesota’s population.
Buro Happold, a global leader in climate action and resilience plans for municipalities and other organizations, recently unveiled a comprehensive sustainability
Led by Rhie, the Metropolitan Council Climate Action and Resilience Plan follows on efforts by Buro Happold in other cities and regions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience, including green building and solar power programs, work with community choice energy programs, municipal retrofit projects, community outreach, and municipal facility
“The Metropolitan Council is uniquely situated to bolster regional efforts to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change,” says Rhie, noting the group’s focus on pathways to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. “This regional planning agency can leverage the essential services that it provides to the region – including wastewater collection and treatment services, transit services and transportation funding, water resources planning and monitoring, and land use planning – to act upon climate change issues. The Council is poised to build upon its history of environmental stewardship to pioneer new strategies to decarbonize its operations across the Twin Cities region.”
Other collaborators on the project team include Hazen (wastewater engineers), SRF Consulting (transit and transportation), Young Environmental (water resources management and social equity), representing areas which are which “are essential for the region’s climate resilient future,” Rhie adds, “Together our team brings a diversity of perspectives and bolsters Buro Happold’s capacity to deliver this plan successfully and on schedule.”