Climate Plans are comprehensive road maps 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 strategy for coordinating 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.
In January 2017, the Flagstaff City Council set a goal to take meaningful climate action, one of the core goals for their 2017-2019 term. Development of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan is an integral component of meaningful climate action and a best practice for municipalities that want to reduce emissions and prepare for climate change.
Understanding a community's vulnerability to climate change impacts is just the first step. Creating a Plan to move forward and address vulnerabilities with a sustainable mindset in necessary for preparing for future climate conditions.
In Flagstaff, climate change is impacting temperatures, snow pack, water availability and wildlife risk. These changes threaten Flagstaff's natural resources, economy, infrastructure and quality of life. The Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will be a strategic road map to guide the Flagstaff community in preparing for climate risks, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the well-being of residents for decades to come.