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Provide feedback on the City's carbon neutrality work.

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Please indicate your level of agreement with the Cleaner Electricity target area.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 18.8% 22
Disagree 11.1% 13
Neutral 3.4% 4
Agree 17.9% 21
Strongly Agree 48.7% 57

Please indicate your level of agreement with the Fuel Switching target area.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 36.8% 43
Disagree 4.3% 5
Neutral 5.1% 6
Agree 13.7% 16
Strongly Agree 40.2% 47

Please indicate your level of agreement with the Reducing Building Energy Demand target area.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 20.5% 24
Disagree 12.8% 15
Neutral 3.4% 4
Agree 17.1% 20
Strongly Agree 46.2% 54

Please indicate your level of agreement with the Transportation Shift target area.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 21.6% 25
Disagree 11.2% 13
Neutral 11.2% 13
Agree 13.8% 16
Strongly Agree 42.2% 49

Please indicate your level of agreement with the Electric Mobility target area.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 19.0% 22
Disagree 11.2% 13
Neutral 2.6% 3
Agree 28.4% 33
Strongly Agree 38.8% 45

Please indicate your level of agreement with the Improved Materials Management and Landfill Operations target area.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 12.0% 14
Disagree 6.0% 7
Neutral 12.0% 14
Agree 19.7% 23
Strongly Agree 50.4% 59

Please indicate your level of agreement with the carbon sequestration strategy.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree - I'd like to see fewer big changes, and invest more financial resources in sequestration. 13.8% 16
Disagree 15.5% 18
Neutral 16.4% 19
Agree 14.7% 17
Strongly Agree - We should focus on big shifts to reduce our emissions, reducing our reliance on carbon sequestration. 39.7% 46

Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by our transportation sector is critical to carbon neutrality. We'll need to decide which modes of travel to prioritize. Which path would you choose?

Response Percent Response Count
Disrupt our transportation system by prioritizing walking, biking, and transit, even if it means it takes a bit longer to drive around town. 48.3% 56
Make fewer big changes to our transportation system, to ensure cars can get around town quickly. Encourage walking, biking, and transit, but do not prioritize those modes. 46.6% 54
I'm not sure. 5.2% 6

While carbon neutrality will benefit Flagstaff and create a stronger community, change can sometimes be disruptive. We have a choice: lead with bold action and make transformative changes, or make more changes behind the scenes and rely more on carbon sequestration. Which option would you choose?

Response Percent Response Count
Make transformative and noticeable changes to the way we do business, get around town, and make decisions, in order to reduce emissions as much as possible. Rely as little as possible on carbon sequestration to meet carbon neutrality. 56.9% 66
Focus on behind the scenes changes and technological advancement, meaning reducing emissions less. This will require paying third party groups for carbon sequestration, to complete the emissions reductions needed to achieve carbon neutrality. 27.6% 32
I'm not sure. 15.5% 18

Please indicate your level of agreement with the direction we are heading in our carbon neutrality work.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 27.6% 32
Disagree 10.3% 12
Neutral 5.2% 6
Agree 17.2% 20
Strongly Agree 39.7% 46

Do you have more to share? Use this space to provide additional comments or feedback on the direction of our work.

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March 8, 2021, 9:33 PM
  • Please indicate your level of agreement with the Cleaner Electricity target area.
    • Strongly Disagree
  • Please indicate your level of agreement with the Fuel Switching target area.
    • Disagree
  • Please indicate your level of agreement with the Reducing Building Energy Demand target area.
    • Disagree
  • Please indicate your level of agreement with the Transportation Shift target area.
    • Disagree
  • Please indicate your level of agreement with the Electric Mobility target area.
    • Strongly Disagree
  • Please indicate your level of agreement with the Improved Materials Management and Landfill Operations target area.
    • Neutral
  • Please indicate your level of agreement with the carbon sequestration strategy.
    • Strongly Disagree - I'd like to see fewer big changes, and invest more financial resources in sequestration.
  • Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by our transportation sector is critical to carbon neutrality. We'll need to decide which modes of travel to prioritize. Which path would you choose?
    • I'm not sure.
  • While carbon neutrality will benefit Flagstaff and create a stronger community, change can sometimes be disruptive. We have a choice: lead with bold action and make transformative changes, or make more changes behind the scenes and rely more on carbon sequestration. Which option would you choose?
    • I'm not sure.
  • Please indicate your level of agreement with the direction we are heading in our carbon neutrality work.
    • Strongly Disagree
  • Do you have more to share? Use this space to provide additional comments or feedback on the direction of our work.

    This survey assumed that the citizens of Flagstaff will either want to take "aggressive climate action" or pay for carbon sequestration. This does not address the complexity of climate policy, but instead tries to make it black and white. While, I think that climate change is a major issue and requires change, the changes proposed are very drastic and expensive. It does not make sense to require all houses to change out their natural gas furnaces, for example. The energy cost to manufacture and install electric furnaces, in addition to the need for more electricity is not accounted for. The question about the action plan for carbon sequestration was worded in a very confrontational and subjective manner. Selecting the strongly disagree option on this question implied that someone did not care about climate change. However, carbon sequestration technology is still developing research field. Until there are better and proven technologies and methods, I do not want to pay for sequestration. I also disagreed with the phrasing of the tradeoff questions. There were only two options for each question. Why can we not encourage more walking and biking while still allowing for cars to be used? And instead of solely relying on sequestration, adopt some of the smaller scale changes proposed in this plan (adding solar panels and electric furnaces to new houses/government buildings, decreasing food waste, encouraging bike use)

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Development of Flagstaff's Carbon Neutrality Plan

The City is developing a Carbon Neutrality Plan to guide our work to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.

Your feedback will help City staff determine the best actions to incorporate into this Plan. We are currently developing actions in seven target areas:

  • Renewable Electricity
  • Building Fuel Switching
  • Reducing Building Energy Demand
  • Transportation Shift
  • Electric Mobility
  • Improved Materials Management and Landfill Operations
  • Carbon Sequestration

This survey will review the seven target areas and ask for your feedback on each one.

To learn more about the Carbon Neutrality Plan, the community-led Climate Emergency Declaration, and considerations going into our work, please visit our online Climate Emergency Open House: https://flgsustain.learnworlds.com/course/open-house.


Renewable Electricity

The Renewable Electricity target area means that 100% of Flagstaff's electricity comes from sources that do not emit greenhouse gases by 2030. Creating electricity from renewable sources is critical to achieving carbon neutrality - and it also makes economic sense. Solar energy is now the least expensive source of electricity in the US, and the cheapest form of electricity in history.

This target area calls for actions such as: 

  • Installing thousands of solar panels on roofs across Flagstaff.

  • A possible large solar installation on the City's Red Gap Ranch property, located east of Flagstaff.

  • A strategic partnership with APS, Flagstaff's electric utility company, to work together to install and source more renewable and clean electricity.


Fuel Switching in Buildings

The Fuel Switching in Buildings target area aims to electrify everything from water heaters and stoves to industrial processes. Fuel switching means shifting things currently powered by fossil fuels onto electricity - think furnaces, water heaters, and stoves. Electricity already has a much lower impact than fossil fuels today. It also will become cleaner as we expand to cheaper and cleaner renewable energy.

 

This target area calls for actions such as: 
  • Helping 12,500 homeowners switch from natural gas to electricity by 2030. 

  • Electrifying City-owned buildings by 2030, so that we are using electricity instead of natural gas to heat our spaces and operate our buildings.

  • Building new homes and buildings so that they don't have to rely on natural gas at all.


Reducing Building Energy Demand

The Reducing Building Energy Demand target area sets a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heating, cooling, and powering buildings by 80% by 2030. We need to reduce the amount of energy we use in our buildings to reach carbon neutrality. By making our facilities, appliances, and industries more efficient, we use less energy and save money. Efficiency leads to reduced emissions even if our electricity is 100% renewable.

This target area calls for actions such as: 

  • Adopting progressively more aggressive building codes, requiring new buildings to be net-zero energy by 2030. 

  • Retrofitting 12,500 existing Flagstaff homes by 2030 to use significantly less energy.

  • Helping local contractors, tradespeople and businesses expand their energy efficiency by providing training opportunities.

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