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Meeting Date: 12/06/2022  
From: Jenny Niemann, Climate Program Manager

Consideration and Adoption of Resolution No. 2022-59:  A resolution of the Flagstaff City Council, adopting the 2022 revisions to the Flagstaff Carbon Neutrality Plan
1) Read Resolution No. 2022-59 by title only
2) City Clerk reads Resolution No. 2022-59 by title only (if approved above)
3) Adopt Resolution No. 2022-59
Executive Summary:
In response to community appeals, in June 2020, the Flagstaff City Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2020-09 endorsing a Declaration of a Climate Emergency for the City of Flagstaff, committing the City to carbon neutrality by 2030. In response to the Climate Emergency Declaration, staff developed the Flagstaff Carbon Neutrality Plan (CNP).
The Flagstaff City Council adopted the Flagstaff Carbon Neutrality Plan on June 15, 2021 (Resolution No. 2021-34). The CNP establishes a vision for how the Flagstaff community will create a carbon-neutral future. Achieving this goal will require reducing greenhouse gas emissions through drastic shifts in how we heat and power our buildings, travel from place to place, and manage our waste. These shifts must occur at multiple levels within the community, as well as across the state, the country, and the world.  
The CNP will be revised on an annual basis, in accordance with the CNP implementation plan. The 2022 revisions focus on three areas:
  • Incorporation of new critical information
  • Annual update to the greenhouse gas inventory
  • Consolidation of the 2018 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) and the 2021 Carbon Neutrality Plan (CNP)
The staff presentation will provide a high-level review of the revisions.

The CNP now includes four priorities for action and 15 target areas
  • Neighborhoods
    • Community Resilience
    • Equitable Systems
    • Decreased Dependence on Cars
    • Housing for All – from the 10-year Housing Plan
    • Inclusive Recreation – from the CAAP.
  • Energy
    • Electric Mobility
    • Clean Electricity
    • Building Fuel Switching
  • Consumption
    • Reduced Building Energy Use
    • Sustainable Consumption
    • Water Security – from the CAAP.
  • Commitments
    • Healthy Forests and Open Spaces – from the CAAP.
    • Economic Prosperity – from the CAAP.
    • Health and Safety – from the CAAP.
    • Carbon Dioxide Removal
The attached documents include detailed information on the revisions to the Carbon Neutrality Plan, including:
  • A final Plan for consideration of adoption.
  • A copy of the Plan with revisions tracked.
  • A spreadsheet summarizing all tracked changes.
Financial Impact:
Staff does not anticipate a financial impact from this revision to the Carbon Neutrality Plan, as the largest revisions involve the consolidation of two Council-adopted policy documents. The revised Plan will include new information on the total community investment required to achieve the City’s climate goals, which was presented to the City Council on May 10, 2022.
Policy Impact:
The plan revisions do not present significant policy changes, from the two previously adopted policy documents - the 2021 Carbon Neutrality Plan and the 2018 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
Connection to PBB Priorities/Objectives, Carbon Neutrality Plan & Regional Plan:
Connection to Council Goal and/or Regional Plan:
Regional Plan:
  • Goal E&C.2 - Achieve carbon neutrality for the Flagstaff community by 2030.
  • Goal E&C.3 - Prepare Flagstaff’s community systems and resources to be more resilient to climate change impacts, and address climate change in a manner that prioritizes those most impacted and ensures the costs and benefits of climate adaptation and mitigation are equitably distributed.
    • Policy E&C.3.2. Review and revise existing regulations, standards, and plans (codes, ordinances, etc.) to reduce the community’s vulnerability to climate change impacts and reduce the disproportionate impacts on vulnerable communities.
    • Policy E&C.3.5. Improve the ability of vulnerable community members to adapt and thrive amidst the pressures of climate change.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
Yes. The Carbon Neutrality Plan was adopted in June 2021, following the declaration of the Climate Emergency in June 2020.
The 10 Year Housing Plan was adopted in February 2022, following the declaration of a Housing Emergency in December 2020.
The Active Transportation Master Plan was adopted in November 2022.
Options and Alternatives:
Option A. Adopt Resolution 2022-## as submitted and adopt the revised Plan to guide City staff.
Option B. Recommend changes to Resolution 2022-## or the Plan.
Option C. Not adopt Resolution 2022-## and not update the Carbon Neutrality Plan.
In 2017 the City Council established a goal to take meaningful climate action.  As part of this goal, staff were directed to develop a climate action plan. This work has evolved to include the 2018 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, the 2021 Carbon Neutrality Plan, and this plan revision.
Key Considerations:
Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are changing the climate in ways that threaten Flagstaff’s unique amenities and way of life. Projected changes in temperature, snowpack, water availability, and wildfire risk exacerbate existing challenges and introduce new challenges to Flagstaff’s natural resources, economy, infrastructure systems, and quality of life. While we can work to reduce Flagstaff’s contributions to those climate changes, preparing for the inevitable impacts of these changes in Flagstaff is necessary.

By taking action now to reduce the community’s emissions and prepare for climate risks, the City of Flagstaff can better protect the well-being of its residents for decades to come. There are many community benefits to climate action, while the cost of inaction is incredibly high.
Expanded Financial Considerations:
While there are proposed initiatives in the Plan that have financial implications, these initiatives will still be subject to review and approval through the regular budget process in the future. Initiatives will be evaluated against greenhouse gas emission reductions, benefits to the community, return on investment, and financial impact.
Community Benefits and Considerations:
Many of the strategies and actions in the Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan and the Carbon Neutrality Plan will enhance the quality of life for Flagstaff residents. For example, the introduction of energy-saving equipment and behaviors not only addresses climate goals but can also lower energy costs. This plan prioritizes these “win-win” solutions that benefit both the climate and other facets of the Flagstaff community. Some co-benefits include the following: Support for low-income and disadvantaged communities. When implemented carefully and correctly, actions such as local green job training and subsidy programs for energy efficiency upgrades can be especially helpful for low-income and disadvantaged communities. Public health. Some actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions also promote healthier lifestyles, such as supporting more people walking and biking and eating less carbon-intensive foods.
Quality of life and well-being. Many climate actions can also improve the quality of life for Flagstaff residents, such as benefits from green jobs to the local economy and the creation of more comfortable and inviting homes through energy efficiency improvements. Local habitat, recreation, and aesthetics. In addition to enhancing ecosystem resilience, minimizing heat impacts, and storing carbon, actions that improve natural habitat can also enhance natural beauty and provide recreation opportunities for visitors and residents. Economic stability. Looking ahead can help the Flagstaff community prepare for potential shifts in both climate and visitation. Climate action can help existing businesses be more resilient amidst change, while emerging businesses capitalizing on the need for climate solutions can create high-quality jobs.
Community Involvement:
Staff utilized used several different strategies to engage thousands of community members in the original development of both the Carbon Neutrality Plan and the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
Res. 2022-59
Revised CNP - tracked changes
Revised CNP - no tracking
Revised CNP - Revision Index


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