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This Climate Action Plan recommends a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 12 percent by 2012 and 20 percent by 2020, using 2000 levels as a baseline.
Mitigation recommendations are grouped in this plan under the headings of:
• Energy Management (which primarily looks at improving energy efficiency in buildings and developing sources of renewable energy to power City facilities);
• Transportation (in relation to the City vehicle fleet, employee driving, and support for non-motorized and public transportation in the community);
• Purchasing & Waste Reduction (includes “thoughtful purchasing” and recycling strategies); and
• Land Use (e.g., “smart growth” strategies that support compact, mixed-use development and thus reduce the need to drive).
• Outreach & Advocacy
Adaptation to global climate change is addressed separately in the plan, to focus attention on the fact that Homer’s climate is changing and will continue to change even if global greenhouse gas reduction goals are met. Recommendations are aimed at creating a resilient local economy, protecting existing infrastructure, being prepared for extreme weather events and wildfires, and adopting wise policies for future development.
Finally, the Climate Action Plan addresses implementation as a separate chapter and proposes the establishment of a “Sustainability Fund” to serve as a repository for money from various sources that would be used to implement the measures recommended in the plan.
By Raymond Roe
Good tool for local governments's to use to determine long range policy for dealing with climate change.