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Moscow drafts its own climate action plan | North West


MOSCOW — City officials here have drafted a climate action plan to completely cut residents’ carbon emissions by 2050.

City staff have been working for years to tackle the issue of climate change as it relates to municipal buildings, parks and lands, but they will need public buy-in to make more meaningful changes.

A final draft of the climate action plan is being prepared for adoption, according to Kelli Cooper, environmental education and sustainability specialist at the city. Public comment on the plan opened in February.

“He needs to be embraced by the community,” Cooper said during a presentation at the latest round of Moscow League of Women Voters conferences on Wednesday. “It’s also important for the city to lead by example.

With the help of a student from the University of Idaho, the city conducted an inventory to determine where the emissions are coming from. They found that most emissions were concentrated in residential homes, commercial uses and transportation.

To reduce carbon emissions from these sectors, the plan includes decarbonizing the grid, increasing participation in energy efficiency programs, promoting all-electric construction, and developing a community solar program.

While the city hopes to get its operations back to net zero by 2035, the community-wide goal is to be net zero by 2050 with an intermediate goal set for 2030.

“We wanted to see what the community could do as a whole, because really we only have a very small portion of the overall emissions from city operations,” Cooper said. “The vast majority of our shows come from the network. They come from our electricity consumption.

Residential use accounts for 37% of emissions, commercial use 34% and transportation use 21%.

During the presentation, she reviewed the climate change impact assessment released last December by researchers from the University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University.

The assessment, which sought to link the latest science to economic risks and opportunities, found the Gem State can expect more intense heat waves, longer fire seasons, increased drought and a reduction in snow accumulation due to climate change.

Cooper says Moscow’s climate action plan aims to address these challenges.

“The biggest challenge has really been getting public input,” she said. “Primarily because we need input from a wide range of people who otherwise wouldn’t engage with the city.”

Several Earth Day celebrations will take place on the Palouse later this month. On April 22, the city is holding a clean-up day at Friendship Square starting at 9:30 a.m. Later that evening, Inland North Waste is hosting a 3-6pm party at East City Park with live music, food and activities.

An Earth Day march scheduled for April 23 will start at East City Park and travel downtown to Friendship Square.