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Climate Adaptation and Management


Climate Action Plan

The Flagstaff City Council has set a goal to take meaningful climate action in the 2017-2019 Council term. As part of this goal, the City will work with community members, local businesses, and partner institutions to develop Flagstaff's first Climate Action Plan. To learn more about Climate Action Plans, click here.

This will be a community plan, informed by resident ideas and feedback, and we want you to be involved. To sign up for email updates on the Climate Action Plan process and events, please fill out this short form here. Work on the Plan will begin in Summer 2017.





Resiliency and Preparedness

Be ResourcefulEnsuring health and safety for the Flagstaff community today and in the future requires that the City be a leader and take action to prepare its operations for weather related impacts. The impacts of weather affect our local economy, natural environment and community's well being.

As climate and related extreme weather conditions change, Flagstaff is beginning to innovate in independent and original ways to prepare. As a leader, the City of Flagstaff is a local government critically concerned with drought, forest and watershed health, and the larger issues of sustainability.


City of Flagstaff Resiliency and Preparedness Study
The City’s Resiliency and Preparedness Study focuses on understanding how the impacts of weather directly affect governmental operations and what can be done to be prepared.

Local governments are on the front lines of managing the impacts associated with natural hazards, ranging from increased drought (straining water and forest resources) to increased flooding (straining stormwater management infrastructure) to more extreme heat and weather events (putting lives and property at risk). By prioritizing protection and preparedness, the City can improve local service delivery and reduce risk to natural hazards. Focusing on resiliency and preparedness can help prepare the City of Flagstaff for climate and weather related impacts while protecting the City’s critical resources and positioning the City for continued prosperity.

The City completed a study that assesses 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. Completed by a team of City staff and regional partners, the Study recommends an overarching policy aimed to increase protection and resilience within government operations to hazards including fire, severe winter storms, drought, floods, etc.

City of Flagstaff Resiliency and Preparedness Workshops
The Sustainability Section has been coordinating resiliency and preparedness workshops for City of Flagstaff departments, divisions, and sections since the passage of the resiliency and preparedness Resolution in 2012. These workshops begin with the consideration of several catastrophic climate events. Staff members are then asked to consider the potential effects the event would have on their operations during and after the crisis. Participants then come up with short and long term action items to mitigate these negative outcomes. 



City of Flagstaff Emissions Reports

Greenhouse gas emission reporting helps identify what types of actions the City, together with the community, can take to reduce its energy use, fuel consumption and waste. Reporting is essential in addressing GHG emissions, creating a tool to measure future progress and allowing the City to understand the scale of emissions from various sources.

Municipal Emission Reports


Community Emission Reports



International Dark Skies Annual Report

The City of Flagstaff holds the distinct honor of being designated by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as the world’s first Dark Sky Community in 2001.  One of the city’s requirements to continue to hold this prestigious accreditation is the submission of an annual report. This annual report is completed and submitted by city staff, it is developed in concert and collaboration with the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition.

View the 2017 IDS Annual Report