On May 22, Task Force members, City staff and our consultants met with the community to share what they’ve learned about climate trends in the Midwest and areas where Columbia may be vulnerable as the climate changes. The community was able to share their ideas for Columbia’s future and suggest possible actions and strategies that could reduce our carbon footprint.
Check out the following:
- Climate trends summary
- Climate Vulnerability Assessments
Climate Action & Adaptation Plan development timeline
On June 17, 2017, Columbia City council passed Resolution R-83-17A, reaffirming the commitment of the City of Columbia to take action to reduce climate pollution; authorizing participation in the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and taking steps to create a Climate Action Plan.
On November 20, 2017, Columbia City Council approved a professional services agreement with Cascadia Consulting Group to facilitate the development of Columbia’s Climate Action & Adaptation Plan. The agreement can be found here and the discussion at the City Council meeting can be found here (at 2:00:52).
December 4, 2017 – Office of Sustainability staff gave a presentation on the process for the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan. The slides can be found here. Meeting minutes will be posted once available.
December 18, 2017 – Columbia City Council adopted Resolution R-184-17, establishing a Mayor’s Task Force on Climate Action & Adaptation Planning. Interested participants are encouraged to contact their Council representative to express interest in serving on the task force. Appointments will be made by Mayor Treece in January 2018.
February 5, 2018 – Mayor Treece appointed members to the Mayor’s Task Force on Climate Action and Adaptation Planning. A list of members and meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are tracked in accordance with the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories, the standard that most cities use for GHG emissions tracking. The inventory identifies both the quantity and sources of GHG emissions produced from activities within the City of Columbia. This data is made available to the public in order to assist informed decision-making to determine future actions to be taken by the community. These emissions-reducing actions will be included in Columbia’s first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
GHG Emissions Inventory reports: GHG report for 2000 & 2005opens in a new window, GHG report for 2010opens in a new window, GHG report for 2015opens in a new window (executive summary of 2015 reportopens in a new window).
Additional resources for climate action planning in Columbia include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy requirements
- STAR Community Rating System
- Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)
- CDP online software tools such as CRAFT (Climate Risk and Adaptation Framework and Taxonomy) and other relevant tools
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework
- Current objectives for biodiversity conservation from Missouri Department of Conservation’s 2015 Missouri State Wildlife Action Plan
- State and Federal regulations
Climate in the Heartland report – The goal of this report is to assist cities as they prepare for climate change impacts, adapting their operations to better serve citizens in a changing environment. Historical climate data and future climate projections inform municipal staff and elected officials of weather conditions that are anticipated to exceed historical bounds.