Flagstaff, Ariz., Adopts Climate Action Plan

CodeWatcher Flagstaff Climate Plan

Because of higher than usual temps, less snowpack, and increased wildfire risk, the Flagstaff City Council adopted a new Climate Action and Adaptation Plan late last year.

The City of Flagstaff considered input from more than 1,000 community members throughout a year-long stakeholder engagement process. The final plan outlines strategies such as renewable energy, alternative transportation, and reduced food waste that will cut Flagstaff’s greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050.

It includes recommendations on heat pumps, residential energy reductions goals through energy efficiency
programs, and the adoption of building codes that allow for the installation of solar panels and electrical panel
capacity of electric vehicle charging.

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Nicole Antonopoulos, Flagstaff’s sustainability manager, says Coconino County is experiencing higher
temperatures, less snowpack, and increased wildfire risk. “The climate action plan is a roadmap for Flagstaff in
dealing with the changes that we know are already occurring in our climate. How can we better prepare
ourselves? How can we work toward mitigating greenhouse gas emissions?” she says.

The 156-page plan can be viewed here. It will be updated every 5 years.

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