Anchorage Assembly adopts Climate Action Plan, sets goals to reduce emissions
The Anchorage Assembly passed a resolution to adopt a community climate action plan that includes recommendations to reduce energy use, improve air quality and provide new jobs with economic development.
The municipality's goal is to reduce emissions by 80% by the year 2050.
In a press release sent Wednesday, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz praised the plan.
"This is our opportunity to be good stewards of the place we live, become more self-sufficient, and prepare for the threats posed by climate change," Berkowitz said. "The plan shows the way to reduce costs, increase jobs, conserve energy, improve public health, strengthen our economy, and build a more liveable and resilient community.
Dozens of people testified for the plan Tuesday night. One activist, in support of a commuter rail from the valley to Anchorage, spoke about Anchorage's need to change its car culture.
"All the emissions that would be reduced by getting those cars off the highway, that's very significant especially considering that 47% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the Anchorage area come from transportation," said Cynthia Wentworth, an Anchorage resident.
Former Alaska governor Bill Sheffield also spoke in support of the commuter rail.
According to the release, the administration has launched several actions for 2019 including electric pilot vehicles and installing solar panels on the Egan Center, Anchorage Regional Landfill and Fire Station 10.
Nearly 1,500 people were involved in the planning process.
The plan is a partnership between the Municipality and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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