Flagstaff's First Climate Action and Adaptation Plan
What is a Climate Plan?
The Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will create a roadmap for the Flagstaff community to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate.
The Climate Plan will build upon the information gathered on projected climate changes in Arizona, Flagstaff's greenhouse gas emissions, community vulnerabilities, and the priorities, ideas and concerns we hear from Flagstaff residents. The Plan will focus on activities that achieve the greatest emission reductions or do the most to increase our community preparedness, in the most cost-effective manner.
We aim to build a plan that will rally the community around strong climate actions that have measurable benefits for the community. Learn more about climate change in Arizona, or explore other cities' climate action plans.
How do I get involved?
Climate Plan Open House: Wednesday, January 24th.
5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Flagstaff Aquaplex.
Drop in any time! There will be interactive stations for you to learn about the Plan and provide feedback.
See the flyer above or click here for the facebook event.
Climate Plan Survey
Can't make the Open House but have ideas for Climate Action? Check out the Flagstaff Community Forum and fill out the survey to provide your input.
Join Us: Coffee and Climate Monthly Meet-Ups
Want to talk to City staff about climate change in Flagstaff or the upcoming Climate Plan? Stop by our coffee and climate sessions, held in the second week of every month. We will visit a different Flagstaff coffee shop each month.
Coffee and Climate
Saturday, February 10th
Location: Kickstand Kafe, 719 N Humphreys St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sign Up for the Climate Plan Newsletter!
We send a monthly Climate Plan newsletter and updates about upcoming events. Check out our January update.
To sign up for this newsletter and update list, fill out this short form here.
What's happening now?
The Climate Plan Team officially started the planning process in late October 2017. Some highlights of our work so far:
- We created a Community Engagement Strategy to set a strategic direction for our public communications. This strategy outlines seven different ways we will work with community members to get input on this plan. Check out the strategy here.
- We formed a Steering Committee of community members and City staff will guide the development of the Climate Plan.Visit the Steering Committee page to learn more about the Committee's role and their upcoming meetings.
- We've planned our first Community Open House and Coffee and Climate events.
- We've begun researching historical climate trends in Flagstaff and Coconino County, and are working to develop climate projections to better understand what climate change in Flagstaff will look like in the future.
As part of the Flagstaff City Council's goal to take meaningful climate action, City staff will work with community members, local businesses, and partner institutions to develop Flagstaff's first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
The Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will:
- Be a community plan, informed by the input and priorities of Flagstaff residents.
- Help Flagstaff residents, neighborhoods and businesses prepare for and adapt to changes in our climate.
- Set goals to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions while providing community benefits.
- Identify actions that will save money, protect community assets, and ensure quality of life amidst change.
- Be unique to Flagstaff’s unique economy, indigenous and scientific communities, and climate.
- Be developed from a foundation of equity and the enhancement of community well-being.
- Encourage action by the City, businesses, institutions, non-profits and residents.
This list was developed by a group of stakeholders who were interested in crafting the plan, who met this spring. This group developed goals for how we engage Flagstaff residents, incorporate different types of information, and make this plan unique to Flagstaff.
To learn more about what Climate Action and Adaptation Plans are, you can view resources here.
Click on the Why Now?, Plan Timeline, and Climate Action in FLG buttons above to learn more.
Why is the Climate Plan being developed now?
- Projected changes in temperature, snowpack, severe storms, and wildfire risk could threaten Flagstaff infrastructure, natural resources, and public health. By taking action to reduce the city’s emissions and prepare for climate risks, the Flagstaff community will position itself to be ahead of the curve and protect the health and well-being of its citizens and economies.
- Climate action and preparedness can lead to significant benefits for a community. A Plan will help us to better understand the return on investment of climate action and the potential opportunities that can be created.
- The plan will build on past efforts to establish a clear road map of priority actions and projects to be completed in the short- and long-term. A community conversation is necessary to broaden climate efforts and help direct on-the-ground project implementation funding.
Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Timeline:
- The process begins. The City will start to research climate impacts in Northern Arizona and develop public engagement events.
- Where Flagstaff is now. We'll review our municipal and community level greenhouse gas emissions and build a "business as usual" scenario to understand our future emissions.
- In January, we'll host our first public event. We'll collect ideas for reducing emissions in Flagstaff and determine the community's priorities and concerns.
- Where Flagstaff is going: We'll assess what climate change we've already observed and then project climate change's impacts to our environment, economy, and community.
- Public Event #2: We'll hear community thoughts on different mitigation and adaptation strategies.
- In late spring, we'll present the draft plan based on technical analysis and public input.
- We'll hold our third public event to hear your comments on the preliminary draft.
- We'll edit the plan according to public comments to prepare for the final draft.
- We'll present the Final Climate Action and Adaptation Plan for public comment.
- We'll incorporate formal public comments into the draft.
- We'll present the final Plan to the Flagstaff City Council for their consideration.
The City of Flagstaff - and others throughout the Flagstaff community - have been taking steps to reduce our collective impact for many years. Read below for some of the projects that contribute to a more sustainable and resilient Flagstaff.
- In 2006, City Council passed the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement – a resolution establishing a policy to take cost-effective actions that benefit the community by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Sustainability Commission was established in 2007, and addresses issues related to climate and air quality, transportation, energy, solid waste, water and sustainable building practices.
- The City of Flagstaff Resiliency and Preparedness Study was created in 2012 to identify the risks that climate change poses to the City of Flagstaff operations and services. This study assessed the level of vulnerability, the degree of risk and the potential impacts of 115 of the City’s critical operations that are already impacted by weather and recommends an overarching policy aimed to increase protection and resilience within government operations to hazards including fire,
severe winter storms, drought, floods, etc.
- In 2014, City Council passed a resolution requiring that all occupied City-owned new construction and major renovation of existing facilities, including building additions over 10,000 square feet, achieve certification in the most recent version of LEED (Silver) or Green Globes (3 Globes) or Living Building Challenge (full certification).
- In the Fall of 2017, City facilities began receiving 272 kilowatts of renewable energy from Hoover Dam.
- The City currently holds power purchase agreements to purchase 1.2 Megawatts of renewable energy.
- 10 solar installations on City of Flagstaff facilities throughout the City produce renewable energy.
- The Sustainability Section calculates and reports on Flagstaff's greenhouse gas emissions for the municipal organization and the Flagstaff community.
- The Water Conservation Program offers resources, tips and rebates to help Flagstaff residents reduce their water use. Since 1988, the water conservation program has helped customers reduce their water use by 50%.
- City Energy programs include energy rebates, which help Flagstaff residents purchase more energy efficient appliances and home equipment, Home Energy Efficiency Workshops, and resources to help residents reduce their impact.
- City Council recently adopted the Rethink Waste Plan, which guides the Sustainability Section in its work to make Flagstaff a leader in waste prevention and recycling. Waste programs include education, Master Recycler training, and programs to reduce food waste, which has significant greenhouse gas implications.
- Many Water Services Division projects relate to climate resiliency and reducing our climate impacts, including water resources planning, energy conservation, and water recycling.