Dakota County Adopts Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target

Lebanon Hills Visitor Center - A LEED Certified Dakota County Building

Lebanon Hills Visitor Center - A LEED Certified Dakota County Building

Dakota County is the first county in Minnesota to complete an greenhouse gas emissions inventory for government operations and adopt a target for reductions.  Now the County has the beginnings of a plan to get there as well.

I am happy to say that I was heavily involved in the process to develop this plan for reductions and bring it to review and adoption by the County Board.  Our 15% reduction target for 2015 matches those adopted by the State of Minnesota, Hennepin County and the Midwest Governors Accord.  The plan includes energy efficiency improvements to buildings, improving fleet efficiency, exploring renewable energy alternatives and reducing employee commute impacts.  We will also be completing a county-wide emissions inventory, likely in 2010.

We believe the 15% reduction is totally doable, and will likely even save the County money.  However, even after tons of research, I can still say that the devil will be in the details, and the next year will be challenging.  Wish us luck!

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