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Climate Action Task Force and Just Transition Plan Committee to Present Recommendations to City Council
On October 8, 2019, the Longmont City Council passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency, establishing Longmont's intent to take immediate and accelerated action to address the climate crisis. City Council voted unanimously to pass this resident-initiated resolution. The resolution called for the convening of a working group, dubbed the “Climate Action Task Force,” to develop a Climate Action Report outlining action City should take to promote a carbon-free, sustainable city.
On December 3, 2019, City Council approved the composition and members of the Climate Action Task Force as recommended by the selection committee. The Task Force convened on December 18, 2019 and met a total of eight times to discuss and research steps the City should take to reduce (mitigate) greenhouse gas emissions, along with ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The Task Force’s six focus areas are:
- Adaptation and Resilience;
- Building Energy Use;
- Education and Outreach;
- Land Use and Waste Management;
- Renewable Energy;
On March 2, 2020, City staff released a climate action questionnaire for both residents and business to receive feedback from the community and assist the Climate Action Task Force in finalizing its recommendations. The final questionnaire report and key findings are included in the report to City Council. Due to COVID-19, in-person outreach for this questionnaire was interrupted.
On June 30, and July 7, 2020 the Climate Action Task Force will present a recommendations report to the Longmont City Council. These report dates were rescheduled from an original report date in April due to COVID-19.
The Just Transition Plan Committee is working alongside the Climate Action Task Force to ensure recommendations are inclusive and accessible to all members of the community with a specific focus of including the perspectives of communities who are not often heard and most often impacted by the effects of climate change. The Committee’s final recommendations are included in the report to Longmont City Council.