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Boise City Council takes one step closer to carbon neutrality, approves climate plan

Boise Carbon Neutral
Posted at 8:46 PM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 09:50:00-04

The Boise City Council approved a climate actions goals plan, which includes a carbon neutral goal for city government by 2035 with the entire community following by 2050.

The City Council unanimously approved the plan, known as the Climate Action Roadmap, during Tuesday's meeting.

“Tonight is truly an historic moment for our city,” said Boise Mayor Lauren McLean in a statement. “This is a time of great challenges, and also immense opportunity that Boise is uniquely positioned to face head on. We’re the generation that must solve the climate crisis because our health and economy depend on us doing this now. Boise will be a climate innovation leader, and we will rise to the challenge of this moment.”

The city conducted a study on climate impacts specific to Boise in 2016, which included hotter summer days, worsening air quality, heavier precipitation days, shifting seasonal water levels, earlier snow melt and increasing drought frequency, according to a news release from the city.

The Climate Action Roadmap focuses on seven areas:

  • Buildings and Energy
  • Transportation
  • Consumption and Waste
  • Food Systems
  • Natural Environment
  • Water
  • Innovation and Engagement

The plan will build on initiatives currently in place, according to the city, including:

  • A 100% clean electricity goal
  • The nation’s largest direct-use geothermal system
  • The state’s first-ever net zero energy building
  • Citywide compost program
  • Recycled water program in development
  • Green and open space initiatives
  • Celebrated ridge-to-rivers trail systems
  • Extensive environmental education programs

"This is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” said Steve Hubble, Climate Action Division manager at the City of Boise, in a statement. “We certainly recognize the challenges we face, but those same challenges also present opportunities for innovation. We will move in a smart, strategic and determined fashion. This is work we must undertake together as a community, from residents and businesses, community organizations, our utility partners, and the city government.".