Climate Change and Environmental Review - Pilot Program

In 2022, the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) started a Pilot Program that will test and evaluate the inclusion of climate change information in environmental review throughout Minnesota. To do this, EQB facilitated the development of a draft revised environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) form that includes climate information.

Current opportunities to participate

  • Stay up to date. Sign up to receive email messages about project updates, events, meetings, surveys, and other opportunities to provide ideas and feedback.
  • Responsible governmental units and technical consultants - help us test the draft revised EAW! Register now to participate in the testing and evaluation cohort. To be eligible, participants must be designated state agencies, local units of government, or technical consultants.
  • Are you a member of the community or an organization who has reviewed an environmental review document that includes climate information? Please complete a brief survey to help us understand your thoughts on the climate information included in the environmental assessment worksheet.

Speaker Series

Date Meeting Link Title Handouts Presentation Meeting Recording
February 24, 2022 Webex Link Greenhouse Gas Assessment Technical Assessment Memorandum - May 2021  Presentation Video Recording
March 24, 2022 Webex Link Get to know the MnDOT MICE GHG Calculator  None  Presentation Video Recording
April 28, 2022 Webex Link Environmental Review from the Community Advocate's Perspective None  Presentation
Video Recording
May 23, 2022 Webex Link Implementing tools for climate adaptation and planning in Minnesota None    

 

Background

During this Pilot Program, responsible governmental units (RGUs) have the option to use the draft revised EAW on a voluntary basis. During this process, EQB will seek feedback from RGUs, technical consultants, project proposers, and other interested members of the public on the proposed changes. In December of 2022, EQB will use the data collected to inform decision making and approve changes to the EAW. This work is guided by the Subcommittee on Pilot Program Implementation (SPPI). 

More details about the Pilot Program are included in the SPPI Memo to ERIS for the January 2022 ERIS meeting and on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

Key components of the Pilot Program

EQB is planning several meetings, events, and opportunities for providing feedback. Sign up to receive email updates about these opportunities.

  • Speaker Series. These public events will include presentations by technical experts about incorporating climate information into environmental review. RGUs, consultants, project proposers, and interested members of the public are welcome to attend. 
  • Testing and Evaluation Cohort. RGUs and technical consultants can register for the cohort to test the draft revised EAW. This is a shared learning space with fellow environmental review practitioners. Cohort members will attend Speakers Series events, test and evaluate the revised draft environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) form, receive technical assistance, and provide feedback to EQB along the way. 
  • Surveys. EQB will offer surveys to collect feedback about the proposed changes to the EAW form. All interested parties are encouraged to fill out surveys.
  • Board and Subcommittee meetings. The EQB and two of its subcommittees (ERIS and SPPI) will be discussing the Pilot Program over the course of 2022. These meetings will be open to the public. 

 

Questions?

Please contact Yasmine Robinson (651.757.2531).