ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Mayor Tim Keller has announced the launch of the City of Albuquerque‘s updated Climate Action Plan on Thursday, April 22. This comes as Thursday is Earth Day. It identifies 50 different strategies on how to reduce its carbon footprint. Those include things like, more access to public transportation, replanting trees to regrow the tree canopy, and making city buildings greener.
Mayor Keller announced the City’s Climate Action Plan has been updated for the first time since 2009. The City explains that the plan defines actions to stop Albuquerque’s contributions to climate change and discusses what the community will do to prepare for the changing climate.
The Office of Sustainability will monitor and support the execution of the Climate Action Plan starting in the summer of 2021. The plan highlights equity and that it was created in collaboration with the city’s communities that have been impacted by the climate crisis such as communities of color and low-income groups that face greater exposure to pollution and climate hazards.
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The Climate Plan was authored by the 19 members of the Climate Action Plan Task Force which is made up of community leaders and advocates that were selected through an application process. The Plan’s policy recommendations were based on a city-wide survey and then the task force agreement. The city says the timeline for implementing these recommendations will vary depending on the project itself.
The Plan comes after the City’s declaration of a climate emergency and its commitment to satisfying the greenhouse gas reduction goals that are outlined by the Paris Climate Agreement. The Plan’s policy recommendations focus on the following:
- Sustainable buildings
- Clean Transportation
- Waste & Recycling
- Economic Development
- Education & Awareness
- Climate Conscious Neighborhoods & Resources