Cities consume nearly 80 percent of the world’s energy and produce 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Consequently, many cities are leading the charge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including the City of Flagstaff, which is launching a year-long process to develop the Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The goal of the plan is to not only reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but also begin preparing for predicted impacts of climate change.
While some may be concerned about the economic impacts, other cities have proven that a well-designed plan can reduce emissions and contribute to a vibrant economy. For example, Fort Collins, Colorado, has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions to 12 percent below its 2005 emissions while growing the economy 28 percent and the population 23 percent. Businesses in Fort Collins that have invested in energy efficiency projects save $9.5 million annually in energy costs. I encourage anyone interested in learning about Flagstaff’s climate plan to attend the open house that will be held at the Aquaplex on Wednesday, January 24 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.