A bold strategy to address our changing climate. Charleston's new Climate Action Plan was created with assistance from hundreds of community members and formally adopted in May 2021 by City Council. It is a 5-year strategic framework to reduce carbon pollution. It includes 12 strategies and 51 action items for City government and the entire community to pursue over the next 5 years which will put us on a path to reduce emissions 56% by 2030 and to net zero by 2050.
The plan reflects the latest science, aligns with national and international industry standards, is synergistic with other City plans, and emphasizes the importance of ongoing, equitable community engagement.
Improving our quality of life. Every action identified in the plan has multiple benefits for the Charleston community. The strategy highlights the many different ways to reduce emissions while also improving our quality of life- such as saving money, improving mobility and increasing climate adaptation. For example:
- Installing energy efficient light bulbs or sealing up tiny air holes around our windows can save considerable dollars on utility bills.
- Planting trees protects our air and water quality, provides shade to reduce the urban heat island effect, and absorbs stormwater to lessen flooding.
- Improving public transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure reduces the number of cars on the roads, lessening traffic and improving safety.
Visit www.charleston-sc.gov/climate-action to read the strategy, track progress on implementation, and learn how you can help!
How can I learn more about the new Climate Action Plan?
A great way to learn more about this plan and how you can help be part of a community-wide solution is to request a speaker to present at your next meeting or event!
Speakers are available all fall 2021 through January 2022 to meet with your group either virtually or in-person, on the date/time you choose.
For more information and to request a speaker please visit: https://www.charleston-sc.gov/2585/Climate-Ambassador-Program