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The Challenge of Climate Change

Along with the rest of the world, Southeast Alaska is experiencing climate related changes.  Our region has already experienced about 3ºF increase in average winter temperatures over the past 60 years, with a decrease in annual snowfall at sea level from approximately 109 inches to 93 inches.  In coming decades Southeast Alaska communities can expect warmer and wetter conditions, warming ocean temperatures and ocean acidification with affects on fisheries, impacts on transportation and infrastructure, and the economic costs of responding to climate impacts likely increasing over time.  

 For Juneau residents and visitors, the rapid retreat of the Mendenhall Glacier is a powerful reminder. Of particular concern are impacts to Juneau's hydropower resources, and to salmon and other marine fish and wildlife that are important to our economy and recreation.

 Photos courtesy J.D. Beedle: Left - Mendenhall Glacier, 1993. Right - Mendenhall Glacier, 2010


Juneau's Reponse to Climate Change

Juneau residents rely heavily on fossil fuels for transportation and heat – about 57% of our internal energy use is tied to highway transportation and buildings.

Over the past 5 years the City and Borough of Juneau

has worked to assess the impacts and implications of

climate change, and joined with other communities across

the country in committing to reducing greenhouse gas

emissions.  In 2011 it adopted the Juneau Climate

Action Plan (see link to plan, below) with a goal of

reducing emissions by 25% by 2032.  

What You Can Do

As a community, we can make changes that will contribute to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in our homes, workplaces or our own businesses and do more to prepare for the coming changes to our environment. 

By taking action today, together we can reach our community wide goal of 25% percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2032.

Background Links

CBJ Climate Action Policy

  • Climate Action Manual – Guidance on CBJ implementation of the Climate Action and Implementation Plan

The 2013 City and Borough of Juneau Comprehensive Plan also contains policies relevant to Greenhouse Gases (see Chapter 2 – Sustainability, and Chapter 6 – Energy)


Emissions Inventories (Note: currently unable to update using existing methodology - local fuel suppliers would not provide data during a 2015/16 update effort.)


Climate Change:  Predicted Impacts On Juneau April 2007

Click for more information about the City & Borough of Juneau's resolutions and actions on climate change.