The Iowa City Council unanimously adopted the City's Accelerating Climate Actions Report at their Tuesday, April 21, 2020 formal meeting.
The 41-page report outlines how the City can accelerate its Climate Action goals, including decreasing CO₂ emissions throughout Iowa City from 2018 levels of 1,020,073 Metric Tonnes to 756,091 by 2030. The final goal is for Iowa City to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
The report was a product of the City's Climate Crisis declaration, announced in August 2019. The report was compiled by City staff within 100 days of the declaration.
The Climate Action Commission then reviewed and updated the report with their recommendations. The Commission's suggestions included increased community education about energy usage for water treatment and delivery, as well as accelerating six actions to begin this year instead of in the next two years.
For more information on the City's Climate Action initiatives, take our Climate Action pledge, and visit our webpage. Learn how you can attend Climate Action Commission meetings virtually at their webpage.