Anchorage Climate Action Plan Adopted by Anchorage Assembly
Municipality commits to goal of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050
ANCHORAGE—The Anchorage Assembly has passed a resolution to adopt the community Anchorage Climate Action Plan and the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) Climate Action Strategy. The plan is the result of a partnership between the MOA and the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and includes recommendations across seven sectors that provide a roadmap for creating jobs and opportunities, reducing emissions, and preparing for a changing climate. Nearly 1500 residents were engaged throughout the planning process.
“This is our opportunity to be good stewards of the place we live, become more self-sufficient, and prepare for the threats posed by climate change,” said Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. “The Plan shows the way to reduce costs, increase jobs, conserve energy, improve public health, strengthen our economy, and build a more livable and resilient community.”
The MOA Climate Action Strategy identifies Municipal-led, high impact, high priority actions from the Anchorage Climate Action Plan that the city will take in the near term. The administration has launched several actions for 2019:
• Municipal energy efficiency upgrades
• Establish financing mechanisms to promote clean energy
• Solar panels on the Egan Center, Anchorage Regional Landfill, and Fire Station 10
• Regional electric vehicle charging plan
• Electric vehicle pilots
• Expanding organics collection program
• Expanding landfill gas to energy project
• Local Food Mini-Grant Program
The Climate Action Plan identifies the benefits that come from proactive planning, including cost savings, job creation, better health outcomes and improved air quality. Visit www.muni.org/ClimateActionPlan for more information and to view the plan.
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