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Juneau's Response to Climate Change


April 2007: A panel of scientists was convened to advise the CBJ on the present and projected impacts of climate change on Juneau.  The report:  Climate Change: Predicted Impacts on Juneau

March 19, 2007: As a result, the CBJ Assembly joins ICLEI Cities for Climate Protection (Resolution 2397(b)) and pledges to conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, establish a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, and develop and implement an action plan.
CBJ Resolution 2397 - CBJ joins ICLEI (March 2007)

CBJ then began the steps recommended by ICLEI, including taking a baseline inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for the city and borough.

March 2009CBJ Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for 2007-March 2009

November 2, 2009: CBJ Assembly adopts greenhouse gas reduction goals, including a community reduction goal of 20% and a municipal government reduction goal of 1% by 2012.

Resolution 2502: A Resolution Adopting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

November 2011: This was followed by a contract to develop a Climate Action Plan to guide the community in addressing and reducing climate impacts.

Juneau Climate Action & Implementation Plan, Nov 2011

November 14, 2011: The CBJ Assembly adopts the Climate Action Plan, including the goal of reducing CBJ greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2032.

CBJ Resolution 2593: A Resolution Adopting the Juneau Climate Action Plan

November 2011:CBJ Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for 2010

December 2011: CBJ Climate Action Manual

The Juneau Commission on Sustainability has made implementation of the plan a priority.  This website is one of the products recommended in the plan.

Many of the top actions recommended in the plan are things that will reduce or shift energy use, save money over the long run, and make CBJ household, businesses, and local government more resilient in the face of uncertainty about future fossil fuel costs, economic conditions, and government policies in response to climate change.