Anchorage Adopts Climate Action Plan

May 22, 2019

Exciting news from our friends at The Alaska Center: Yesterday, the Anchorage Assembly adopted the Anchorage Climate Action Plan and joined over 7000 other communities in taking an active stand in the future of Climate Change Mitigation.

For the past year, hundreds of community organizations have worked with the Mayor’s Office to create a viable and innovative plan in the face of the UN’s 11 year climate change mitigation timeline. The implementation of this Climate Action Plan will boost the local economy, increase public health, and reduce the state’s carbon emissions overall, putting Anchorage on the path to sustainable Climate Change Mitigation.

“We have reached a state of emergency. This plan is a huge step forward for our community to do our part in addressing the global climate crisis but just a small piece of the changes we must take on globally,” said Kristen Collins, Field Manager at The Alaska Center. “My hope is that the Dunleavy administration will follow the Municipality’s leadership and take climate action on at the state level.”

Supporters gathered in the Loussac Library lobby – most sporting “Clean Energy for All Alaskans” t-shirts – as they prepared for a long evening at the chambers. After several hours the floor was opened to public testimony and over 20 speakers ranging from youth leaders to parents, to solar company owners and former Governor Sheffield, spoke out in support of the Climate Action Plan.

The adoption of this plan moves the Anchorage municipality to implement important carbon emission reduction tactics like energy efficiency retrofits for buildings, installing renewable energy, improving transportation systems, and increasing access to local foods, while saving the city money.