Mayor Coral Evans will be joining about 9,000 other mayors in signing the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy Pledge after council approved the move at the Feb. 5 meeting.
By joining the Covenant, Flagstaff pledges to implement policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and increase access to sustainable energy and track progress toward all these objectives.
The move is also an example of council following the suggestions of the recently passed climate change action plan.
“We feel confident that this will complement the work that’s been done over the last year and a half,” city sustainability manager Nicole Antonopoulos, referencing the climate plan.
Councilmember Austin Aslan, who had made issues of sustainability and climate change a central part of his campaign, agreed.
“I hope that we can be not just ambitious but aggressive in terms of implementing [these objectives and the climate action plan],” Aslan said. “I think that’s going to involve some tough decision making for this council in the next two years and there will be lots of lively debates.”
Council approved the signing in a six to one with only Councilmember Charlie Odegaard in opposition.
This may represent somewhat of a reversal of his position on the issue Odegaard voted in favor of the climate action plan when it went before council in November, 2018.