Urbana’s Draft Climate Action Plan Phase 1 Available for Review and Comment

The City of Urbana’s Draft Climate Action Plan Phase 1 will be made available to the public at Urbana’s Market at the Square on Saturday, September 15, 2012. City staff will also be present to answer your questions on strategies proposed in the Phase 1 Plan.

The Market at the Square is open from 7:00AM to 12:00PM on Saturday, located on the corner of Illinois and Vine Streets. Stop by and visit city staff at the northwest entrance to the Market, closest to Lincoln Square Village. We greatly value public input about our efforts to mitigate greenhouse gasses.

For those unable to attend Saturday’s Market, the draft plan will be available for public review and comment on the City’s website at http://urbanaillinois.us/residents/sustainability/city-wide between Friday, September 14th and Wednesday, September 26th 2012.

The City is working to reduce its’ environmental impacts while improving the quality of life and supporting economic vitality. The Draft Climate Action Plan will guide the community in the reduction of its energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. The Sustainability Advisory Commission as well as public input have and will continue to guide the City towards the most beneficial and impactful climate change mitigation strategies. The City has completed the first step of the Climate Action Plan by conducting a greenhouse gas inventory which is an assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions from various sectors (residential, commercial, transportation, and solid waste). With a proposed goal of reducing community greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2020, the Draft Climate Action Plan Phase 1 is a community-wide plan that identifies initial strategies to achieve this goal.

For more information, please contact Scott Tess at 217/384-2381 or srtess@urbanaillinois.us.

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