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Climate Adaptation and Management

Climate Action in Flagstaff

Flagstaff mayor Coral Evans has joined with over 200 other U.S. mayors to adopt, honor and uphold the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. The City of Flagstaff is committed to a clean energy economy that will strengthen our community, create jobs, improve health, and protect the natural landscape that all Flagstaff residents know and love.

Read the Climate Mayors pledge and click here to learn more about climate change initiatives in Flagstaff.

Flagstaff City Council Climate Goals
The Flagstaff City Council has set a goal to take meaningful climate change action in the 2017-2019 Council term. The following objectives will help the City of Flagstaff to accomplish this goal:
  • Develop and implement a climate action plan.
  • Become a 100% renewable energy city as an organization and a community.
  • Achieve financial divestment from fossil fuels.
  • Sponsor and support state or federal legislative action that combats climate change.
  • Update energy code.

To achieve these goals and objectives, the Sustainability Section is working to develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, planning for renewable energy installations, and continuing our work to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of both the municipal organization and the community. See below for more information on our ongoing efforts

The Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

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 set goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions, and will also establish a plan for how the Flagstaff community will adapt to the changing climate. To learn more about what Climate Action and Adaptation Plans are, click here.

Sign Up for Email Updates:

The Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan 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 late Summer 2017.

Steering Committee Opportunity:

A Steering Committee
will guide the strategic direction of the Plan and will meet regularly starting in July 2017. Individuals interested in serving on the Steering Committee should fill out the simple form below.

Resiliency and PreparednessBe Resourceful

Ensuring health and safety for the Flagstaff community today and in the future requires that the City take action to prepare its operations for a changing climate and weather-related impacts. The impacts of climate change and severe weather affect our local economy, natural environment and community well-being.

As climate and related extreme weather conditions change, Flagstaff is taking a leadership role to address concerns related to drought, forest and watershed health, and the larger issues of sustainability.

To learn more about Resiliency in Flagstaff, our Resiliency and Preparedness Study, and what the City of Flagstaff is doing to be a more resilient municipal organization, see our resiliency page.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

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.

See the Emissions Reporting page to view greenhouse gas emissions reports for both the City municipal organization and the Flagstaff community.

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