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Walz creates subcabinet, advisory council on climate change

Walz creates subcabinet, advisory council on climate change Photo: Gov. Walz/Twitter

Updated: December 02, 2019 01:34 PM

Governor Tim Walz on Monday signed an executive order to establish a subcabinet and advisory council on climate change.

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Walz said the move will build on existing interagency collaboration and climate-related initiatives and will help guide his administration in the pursuit of "bold and collaborative action to combat climate change."

"Climate change threatens the very things that make Minnesota a great place to live—from our wonderful lakes to farmable land and clean air," Walz said. "Building on the bold action our Administration has taken already, this subcabinet will help put our state at the forefront of finding solutions to climate change. Together, we can tackle climate change, create good-paying jobs, and pioneer the clean energy economy."


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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop will serve as the chairperson of the subcabinet, which will include members from:

  • Pollution Control Agency 
  • Department of Commerce 
  • Department of Labor and Industry (DLI)
  • Department of Management and Budget (MMB)
  • Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
  • Department of Agriculture (MDA)
  • Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Department of Health (MDH)
  • Department of Transportation (MnDOT)
  • Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)
  • Department of Administration
  • Metropolitan Council 
  • Environmental Quality Board (EQB)
  • Minnesota Housing

The 15 members of the advisory council will be selected through an open appointment process.

"This executive order takes Minnesota to the next level of action against the devastating effects of climate change," Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said. "We can only combat climate change if we do it together. This subcabinet will help ensure our administration works collaboratively across agencies, includes the voices of Minnesotans of all backgrounds, and uses every tool available to tackle climate change head-on for our children and generations into the future."

Minnesota's 2007 Next Generation Energy Act aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by setting statutory goals, but the state has fallen short of those goals. Walz said the subcabinet will be tasked with identifying policies and strategies that will put the state back on track to meet or exceed the goals. It will identify challenges and opportunities to mitigate climate change and create a public engagement framework to provide a platform for dialogue about climate change mitigation and resilience solutions. The advisory council will advise the subcabinet.

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