Flagstaff's First Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Flagstaff is creating its first Climate Plan.

This plan will serve as a roadmap for how Flagstaff prepares for and responds to climate change.

The Development of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan was started in November 2018. The Climate Team, consisting of City staff, Cascadia consulting company that provides technical assistance, and Steering Committee members that guide the Plan, have worked to set a foundation for the Planning process and proposed goals and strategies for the Plan in April.

These documents set a foundation for the Plan:

The Steering Committee has proposed goals and strategies:


How to get involved this Spring:

   Coffee and Climate: June 16th
Saturday, June 16th
:00 - 11:00 am

White Dove Coffee Shop
2211 E. 7th Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Want to talk to City staff about climate change in Flagstaff or the upcoming Climate Plan? Stop by our coffee and climate sessions and bring any questions you have.

Coffee and climate is held in the second week of every month. We will visit a different Flagstaff coffee shop each month.

Next Community Open House: Week of July 16th
We will present the draft Plan to the community the week of July 16th, with multiple Open House sessions. Stay tuned for specific times and dates.


Planning activities so far:

Spring 2017
City staff began working with community members to learn what they wanted out of a Climate Plan, to develop a Scope of Work for the planning process.
August '17
We formed a Steering Committee of community members and City staff to guide the development of the Climate Plan.
October '17
City Council approved a contract to engage Cascadia Consulting to provide technical expertise on climate science and adaptation and community engagement experts.
November '17
Work on the Plan officially began.
December '17
We created a Community Engagement Strategy to set a strategic direction for how we will work with community members to get input on this plan.
January 2018
We hosted our first Community Open House and Flagstaff Community Forum in January. The Planning team is now writing the first drafts of the Plan using this feedback.
March '18
The Climate Profile details historic climate patterns trends in Flagstaff and Coconino County, and lays out what climate change in Flagstaff could look like in the future.
April '18Steering Committee members proposed goals and strategies to meet our mitigation and adaptation goals.
Our first Spring Open House was held at Earth Day on April 21st.
May '18A second Spring Open House was held on May 2nd.
June '18A preliminary draft Plan will be presented by the end of June.
July '18A summer Open House will be held in mid-July.
Aug. - Sept. '18A final draft Plan will be available for public comment.

What's next?

  • We are working to refine the Plan goals, strategies and actions according to community feedback held at two Open Houses and the Community Forum, expert input, feasibility, and other criteria.
  • This will all be compiled into the first draft of the Plan, which will be delivered to the community in late June.

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We send a monthly Climate Plan newsletter and updates about upcoming events. Check out our March and February updates. 

To sign up for this newsletter and update list, fill out this short form here.

What is a Climate Plan?

Climate Plans are comprehensive roadmaps that outline the specific activities that a community will take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. 

The Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will create a roadmap to coordinate climate preparedness and emissions reductions activities. The Plan will take into account the projected climate changes in Northern Arizona, Flagstaff's greenhouse gas emissions, community vulnerabilities, and the priorities, ideas and concerns of Flagstaff residents. The Plan will recommend the actions that achieve the greatest emission reductions or improve community resiliency.

We aim to build a plan that will rally the community around strong climate action that have multiple community benefits. Learn more about climate change in Arizona, or explore other cities' climate action plans.


Public Input So Far

Here's what we heard from the Community in January

View our Public Input Summary for the January Open House and the Community Forum. For more details:

  • Check out the Open House presentation, educational materials and display boards here.
  • See the Community Forum topic to view more results about climate change concerns, priorities, and actions. Over 150 community members contributed their ideas!

Community Forum Survey - public results snip

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