Climate Action by City Council
Flagstaff City Council Climate Goals
The Flagstaff City Council set a goal to take meaningful climate change action in the 2017 to 2019 Council term. The following objectives will help the City of Flagstaff to accomplish this goal:
- Develop and implement a climate action plan.
- Become a 100% renewable energy city as an organization and a community.
- Divest municipal assets from fossil fuels.
- Sponsor and support state or federal legislative action that combats climate change.
- Update energy code.
In response, the Sustainability Section is developing a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, planning for additional renewable energy installations, and continuing our work to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the municipal organization and throughout the community. See the climate page for more information on our ongoing efforts.
Carbon Fee and Dividend
In a unanimous vote at the September 5th 2017 City Council meeting, Flagstaff became Arizona’s first city to call for national revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend legislation.
The City Council resolution urges Congress to assess a steadily increasing fee on carbon at the point of fossil fuel extraction; return the net revenue to American households on an equitable basis; and incorporate a border adjustment that levels the playing field for trade with countries without an equivalent tax.
A carbon fee and dividend places a fee on fossil fuels at the source (a mine, well, or port). All revenue from this fee, minus a small administrative portion, is returned to households equally.
For more information on the carbon fee and dividend, watch the recorded livestream of the September 5, 2019 Council discussion on this topic: http://flagstaffaz.swagit.com/play/09052017-2960/#33
Mayor Coral Evans has joined with over 200 other U.S. Mayors to adopt, honor and uphold the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. The City of Flagstaff is committed to a clean energy economy that will strengthen our community, create jobs, improve health, and protect the natural landscape that all Flagstaff residents know and love.