Albuquerque’s City Climate Action Plan Passes Unanimously!

Two nights ago the hard work over many months of 60 or so Albuquerqueans (in the form of the Climate Action Task Force) finally paid off, as the Albuquerque City Council voted unanimously to pass their City Climate Action Plan.

As I’ve written about before the purpose of the Climate Action Task Force was to “design strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.”  The task force was made up of volunteers from all walks of life. After they formulated the plan, they had it reviewed by peer groups and also conducted ten town hall meetings throughout the city to get feedback on the plan from city residents.

A PDF file of the entire Climate Action Plan can found at this link.

I attended one of the town hall meetings a couple months ago and posted a video from it on Clearly.  You can see it here.

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Planning Albuquerque’s Climate Future

The City of Albuquerque recently released a draft of its Climate Action Plan. This plan was put together by the Climate Action Task Force to help design strategies for 80% greenhouse gas reductions in Albuquerque by 2050.

From the City of ABQ website:

The Climate Action Task Force are volunteers made up of environmentalists, engineers, scientists, business professionals, political action groups, government staff, and a wide range of expertise and opinions hopefully able to represent a cross section of the Albuquerque Demographics.

Throughout the month of August, town halls were held to engage the public about the Climate Action plan. If you weren’t able to attend one of the meet-ups, you can still give feedback here.

I attended one of these town halls last week at UNM. The task force has come up with eight strategies to recommend to the city council. Representatives from all eight working groups were there to present their recommendations for public comment.

Carrie McChesney was one of the first to speak at the Town Hall. She headed up the Business, Industry, and Carbon Offsets working group. The group’s main goal is to “offer a suite of strategies designed to help business and industry understand, identify and act upon opportunities inherent in greenhouse gas reductions.”

This seems like a great idea since state and federal carbon offset mandates are currently emerging. Because our city is responsive to this development, we can help businesses prepare for compliance with these offsets, and make them aware of the best practices being demonstrated across the nation.

Working with local businesses and industry via these best practices will help us greatly reduce our city’s emissions as well as producing money savings for businesses in the process. This can boost our local economy. Businesses can reinvest these savings. Demand will be generated for more local jobs in the fields of building retrofits and energy audits.

Here’s Carrie at one of the Climate Action town halls last week talking about the strategies developed by the Business, Industry, and Carbon Offsets working group.

City of ABQ Climate Planning
Meeting-Business, Industry, C Offsets
from Juan Reynosa on Vimeo.