Climate Action

    Compact of Mayors Committed seal


    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)

    Black screen with words "December 4, 2017: Columbia Climate Action"
    Columbia Climate Action slide from 12/4/17

    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. 


    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:  2000 & 2005opens in a new window, 2010opens in a new window, 2015opens in a new window (executive summaryopens in a new window).

    Climate in the Heartland reportPurple cover with orange and yellow circle. Climate in the Heartland – 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. 

    Graph showing historic temperature and future projections for Columbia, Missouri
    Graph showing historic precipitation and future projections