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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Climate Action Plan Approved

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On Sept. 15, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissions adopted by majority vote Resolution No. CC20-254, a resolution acknowledging the global climate crisis and affirming the county’s commitment to climate action. 

In partnership with Jefferson County Public Health, the Jefferson County Sustainability Commission is extremely proud to lead the effort in developing the county’s first Climate Action Plan. The resolution includes a commitment to develop a Climate Action Plan, which is a strategic planning process and document for developing goals, policies and programs to reduce the county’s greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This resolution also includes a commitment to address the concerns of underrepresented and vulnerable communities in Jefferson County during the climate action planning process. 

The development of the Climate Action Plan is expected to be completed over one year. The Sustainability Commission has already completed a preliminary greenhouse gas inventory and developed a general frame work for the plan. The immediate next steps are to:

  • Develop a scope of work, schedule, and cost estimate for the Climate Action Plan; 
  • Create a Request for Proposal for a technical consultant to lead the planning process and development; 
  • Perform initial outreach to potential key stakeholders, including county departments, local municipalities, community organizations, employers, Jefferson County Public Schools, utility providers, and members of the public; and
  • Coordinate with other local jurisdictions that have created their own Climate Action Plans.

Once the technical consultant has been identified, they will lead a series of workshops that will be open to the public to solicit the community’s priorities and concerns regarding climate change, including (but not limited to) building energy use, renewable energy, transportation, waste, and forest management.

About the Sustainability Commission
The Jefferson County Sustainability Commission was founded in June 2014 in response to the growing interest in sustainability within the Jefferson County community. The purpose of the Sustainability Commission is to create an informational clearinghouse and an open compendium of sustainability best practices. Learn more on the Sustainability Commission webpage.

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