February 26, 2021 Newsletter

chris latondresse


  February 26, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I want to share a couple of helpful county resources. The county is now providing $300,000 in waste prevention grants available to businesses and nonprofits to support projects that prevent waste in the business sector. 

I also encourage you to access is the Renters Help website for information on services for local renters to help folks maintain stable housing.

A reminder that I will be hosting my first Coffee with Chris on Saturday, March 6th at 10:00am. Bring a cup of coffee and join me virtually for an informal conversation! 

As always, my office is here to serve you. Please don't hesitate to reach out using the contact information below.



P.S. The deadline to submit public comments on Hennepin County's draft Climate Action Plan is March 3rd. Submit feedback, here.

♻️ Waste prevention grants available to businesses and nonprofits

Man holding cups filled with liquid


Hennepin County is providing $300,000 in funding through a new grant program to support projects that prevent waste in the business sector.

Areas of focus include:

  • Replacing disposable packaging, dishes, utensils, and cups with reusables
  • Preventing food waste using tracking software and putting food byproducts to greater use
  • Eliminating the use of poly bags for shipping products
  • Developing innovative research and development projects to prevent waste

Applicant may apply for up to $50,000 and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis as funds remain.

Learn more about the 2021 waste prevention grant guidelines for more details or visit the business recycling web page to learn more and apply.

🏠 Renters Help website helps Hennepin County renters maintain housing stability

Renters Help Website


Hennepin County and United Way 211 have launched a new Renters’ Help website that provides information on services for local renters, with the goal of helping residents maintain stable housing. Renters located in Hennepin County can use this tool to search for services related to an urgent housing situation, including being behind on rent, facing eviction, or a dispute with a landlord.

Check out the new website, here.

🥦 Food Waste Survey

colorful food


Take the county’s survey to share what would help you waste less food. By taking steps to reduce food waste, you can ensure the money you spend on your food and the energy, land and water it takes to grow it and get it to you doesn’t go to waste. Reducing food waste also is one of the most important actions we can take to address climate change. 

Take the survey, here.

Edina State of the Community

Edina State of the Community logo

This week, I attended the the City of Edina State of the Community. Personal thanks to Mayor Jim Hovland, City Manager Scott Neal, Superintendent John Schultz, and Edina Public Schools for providing our community with this important update on the state of our community and schools, and for the various ways they continue to serve.

The presentation will soon be broadcast on Edina TV and available for streaming online.


'Tiny house' indoor village for the homeless opens March 8 in Minneapolis

By Kelly Smith, Star Tribune

"We have the largest and most intensive shelter system that Hennepin County has ever seen right now," David Hewitt, director of the county's Office to End Homelessness. "The Avivo Village will build on that."

Access the full story, here.

March 3 is deadline for feedback on Hennepin County's Climate Action Plan draft

Sun Current

Those who wish to provide feedback on the draft of Hennepin County’s first Climate Action Plan have until Wednesday, March 3.

Access the full story, here.

☕️ Coffee with Chris - Saturday, March 6 at 10:00am

Join Commissioner LaTondresse for the first monthly "Coffee with Chris", a place where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and have an informal virtual conversation with the Commissioner.

Join us on Saturday, March 6th anytime between 10:00am-10:45am and stay as long or short as you'd like. We encourage you to come with questions, comments, or concerns.

To join the meeting simply click here on the day of to join the Microsoft Teams meeting. 

About District 6

District 6 map

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners consists of one commissioner from each of seven districts. I am proud to represent Deephaven, north Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, northern Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring ParkTonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.

County information

Chris LaTondresse
6th District

Jessica Oaxaca
District Director

Kyle Olson
Policy Director


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