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The City of Spokane was awarded a $75,000 for a one-year, competitive Growth Management Act (GMA) Planning Grant from the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED). The aim was to create a sustainability strategic Action Plan that helps the City prepare for the economic, environmental and social challenges of climate change and global oil depletion. In order to continue providing quality service to citizens and ensure future financial stability, the City should prepare for the risks and vulnerabilities associated with these challenges.
This strategic planning effort is building on previous and ongoing efforts throughout city government to implement sustainable practices and programs. Its process and end products will also contribute substantially to the implementation of the City Council's Resolution 07-09 regarding the Quality of Life Initiative, the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which the City signed on February 1, 2007, as well as Governor Gregoire's Climate Change Challenge (Executive Order 07-02). In addition, CTED's grant award letter states that they believe the project "will become a good example of effective planning that other Washington jurisdictions may use or emulate."
The Action Plan is a unique document that specifically addresses issues facing the City of Spokane. The Task Force identified many of the overarching values within the community and established recommendations to address how the City confronts the risks and opportunities presented by climate change and peak oil concerns.
This plan outlines how to adjust the City’s operations, services, programs, and policies to recognize that the climate is changing, natural resources are limited, and immediate behavior change is necessary for the general wellbeing of current and future generations.
By Raymond Roe
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