Monthly Speaker Series: The Climate Equity Plan and Climate Legacy Initiative for Minneapolis

May 16 | 5:45-7 p.m.

Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
Event Description

The Climate Equity Plan and Climate Legacy Initiative: The interconnection of climate mitigation and healthy communities, and how you can help create a healthy, prosperous, and equitable community.    Climate change is already impacting Minneapolis communities. The Climate Equity Plan sets a goal to significantly reduce climate pollution by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2050. But it’s not just about the environment. It’s about people. This work prioritizes diverse residents, organizations and businesses, especially in our Environmental Justice Green Zones. It reduces utility bills and increases green jobs. It creates a healthier, more prosperous future for everyone.

About the Speaker:

Kim W. Havey (He/Him/His) Sustainability Director City of Minneapolis

Kim Havey is the Director of Sustainability in the Minneapolis Health Department at the City of Minneapolis. He is responsible for the development of policy and programs that support the city’s Climate Action Goals and elevate racial and environmental justice initiatives.   He most recently led the development of the City’s 2023 climate equity plan and $10 million in new funding through the climate Legacy Initiative.  With a background in urban planning, Kim leverages the resources of the community and city to create a more resilient, equitable and healthy community through public policy and collaboration with local utilities, community residents, business, and government. 

Kim joined the City of Minneapolis in 2018 after working at the Minnesota Department of Commerce where he led the development and implementation of solar policies and incentive programs that supported more than 4,000 new solar installations resulting in 60 MWs of distributed solar. Kim earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Real Estate and Finance from the University of WI - Madison and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of MN. 

Accreditations and Affiliations

President Joe Biden appointee to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC), US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), American Planning Association (APA) and American Institute of Planners (AICP), Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA), Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). Board member of the Minneapolis Homegrown Food Council and the Green Cities Accord (formerly known as Green Minneapolis).


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