[Vision2020] Fwd: City of Moscow to Consider Adopting Climate Action Plan for City Operations

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Fri Sep 23 17:30:23 PDT 2022

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Tom Hansen
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> From: City of Moscow <listserv at civicplus.com>
> Date: September 23, 2022 at 5:00:18 PM PDT
> To: thansen at moscow.com
> Subject: City of Moscow to Consider Adopting Climate Action Plan for City Operations
> City of Moscow to Consider Adopting Climate Action Plan for City Operations
> September 23, 2022 (Moscow, Idaho) — The Moscow City Council will consider adopting the draft City of Moscow Climate Action Plan (CAP) at the Oct. 3 City Council meeting at 7 pm. A CAP provides a science-based strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address ways the climate is already changing. CAPs can consist of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and activities to reduce the severity of impacts. Many states, cities, counties, academic institutions, and businesses are creating CAPs to understand their baseline emissions better and develop a path toward decarbonization.
> The draft CAP calls for the City as an organization to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 with an interim goal of reducing emissions by 57% by 2030. The draft CAP proposes that City operations seek to achieve net zero by 2035. To meet this goal, the draft CAP outlines key strategies and actions in areas including power grid decarbonization, facility efficiency and electrification, renewable energy, reduction of vehicle trips, waste reduction, water conservation, and enhancements to the urban tree canopy. The City also hopes its efforts will provide a positive model of how to set and achieve goals designed to address emissions for others.
> City staff in the Environmental Services Department developed the draft CAP plan in partnership with a designated Climate Action Working Group and the City's Sustainable Environment. Staff included community input throughout the development of the draft CAP, including a month-long online input process held Feb. 24 through Mar. 26 and an online forum hosted on Mar. 9. Additionally, the City Council heard comments on the draft plan from the public in person at an open workshop on Apr. 25.
> Written comments directly to the City Council on the most current draft CAP are also being accepted from the public through Fri. Sep. 30 at 5 pm by email at council at ci.moscow.id.us. The document the City Council will be considering for adoption on Oct. 3 is available for review at https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/1002/Climate-Action-Plan.
> ###
> Story Contact: Tyler Palmer, Deputy City Supervisor
> Phone: 208-883-7096
> Email: tpalmer at ci.moscow.id.us
> In 2019, Community emissions in Moscow were equal to 150,734 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e). Of that, 3,655 metric tons CO2e, or 2.4% of the total Community emissions can be attributed to the City’s municipal operations. The proposed City of Moscow pledges to be net-zero by 2050, with an interim goal to reduce emissions 56.6% by 2035 for the community. In order to lead by example, the City will also pledge through the adoption of this CAP to achieve net-zero for City Municipal Operations by 2035. This CAP sets forth an ambitious set of climate goals/targets for the Community and Moscow Municipal Operations and lays out programs, policies, and projects that will enable the City to meet those goals. The CAP is a path toward sustainability, not just for City government, but also for the community as a whole.
> On Apr. 26, 2021, City Staff presented an update to City Council on the results of the 2020 Local Government Operations Inventory, how we met the 20% reduction goal, and potential next steps in tackling remaining emissions.  At that time, staff was directed to look at what carbon neutrality, or Net-Zero, would look like for City operations and to look at what a community-wide plan might entail.
> On Sep. 27, 2021, City Staff presented research and alternatives to address greenhouse gas emissions and programs focusing on climate concerns at a City Council Workshop that was open to the public.  Information presented included an analysis of community-wide emissions, carbon sequestration rates on city operations- and community- scales, as well as an overview of climate action plans from other communities. 
> City of Moscow
> 206 E Third Street
> Moscow, ID 83843
> Contact: Bill Belknap, City Supervisor
> Phone - 208.883.7011
> Email - bbelknap at ci.moscow.id.us
> Website - www.ci.moscow.id.us
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