Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and City Council adopted a climate action plan roadmap to reduce emissions and build a more resilient city by endorsing the city’s comprehensive action plan to meet its net goal zero a decade or earlier.
This decision sets a target of reaching net zero by 2050 or earlier, and adds a specific 50% reduction in emissions by 2030.
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“Today’s action builds on my commitment to strengthen climate initiatives for the good of Phoenix and the State of Arizona, and to deliver on a global pledge for global health and safety,” Mayor Kate Gallego said. “I am proud to lead a city that has already launched the first publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation, invested in innovative cooling solutions for our warm climate, and championed water initiatives that have resulted in a 30% reduction in consumption. even with 400,000 additional new residents.
Mayor Gallego is the North American Vice President of C40 Cities, a global organization of leading metropolitan communities engaged in climate action.
“Part of our mission is to model the climate actions we are proposing,” added Mayor Gallego. “For Phoenix, our net zero goal is community wide, not just for city operations. It will take a cross-sectoral approach, overlaid on a comprehensive plan that includes water conservation and heat mitigation strategies. “
Last month, the council approved $ 2.8 million in the 2021-2022 budget specifically for climate and heat-related personnel, resources and investments. The City reduced its investment in fossil fuels to $ 0, achieved a 40% increase in green bonds, and increased its investment in tree planting to continue growing the city’s canopy. Combined, these efforts will foster an aggressive approach and environment to achieve the goals of the Climate Action Plan well ahead of its deadline.
To read the Phoenix Climate Action Plan, visit https://www.phoenix.gov/oep/climate.