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What goals and strategies are best for Flagstaff's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan?

38 registered responses


What do you think about Flagstaff setting an 80x50 target?

Response Percent Response Count
It is not aggressive enough 23.7% 9
I agree with the 80x50 target 55.3% 21
It is too aggressive 5.3% 2
Other 15.8% 6

What are the most important resources, systems, or populations that you think Flagstaff should pay attention to in preparing for climate change?

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35
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Why?

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31
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Please rank the energy strategies from your highest to lowest priority.

Average priorities over 38 responses
  1. Clean energy generation presents a key opportunity to cut emissions.

    Strategy 3: Expand renewable energy generation and use.
  2. Constructing and upgrading buildings to meet the highest thresholds for green building performance can dramatically reduce long-term energy use and emissions.

    Strategy 2: Enhance energy efficiency
  3. Reducing peak energy demand can have a big impact on electricity emissions because energy providers can reduce total electricity generation. Simple behavior change can reduce emissions.

    Strategy 1: Reduce peak demand for energy use in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.

Other comments related to Energy? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?

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18
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Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.

Average priorities over 38 responses
  1. Biking and walking instead of driving personal vehicles presents an opportunity to reduce emissions.

    Strategy 2. Promote vibrant neighborhoods where residents can easily walk or bicycle to meet basic daily needs.
  2. Land use planning can minimize the distance people have to travel by car. This can reduce transportation emissions and promote vibrant downtown areas.

    Strategy 4. Encourage more climate-friendly land use planning.
  3. Traveling by public transit has far less of a climate impact than traveling by personal vehicle.

    Strategy 3. Incentivize and promote multi-modal transportation.
  4. Offering electric vehicle charging infrastructure enables the Flagstaff community to use zero emissions vehicles.

    Strategy 1. Support the growth of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Other comments related to Transportation and Land Use? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?

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22
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16

Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.

Average priorities over 38 responses
  1. Diverting waste keeps material out of landfills, where it would break down and generate greenhouse gases. Recycling, reuse, and composting offer climate-positive alternatives to sending waste to the landfill

    Strategy 2. Encourage increased waste diversion.
  2. Consuming goods, services, and food can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Supporting sustainable business practices and educating consumers can reduce emissions.

    Strategy 1. Support sustainable & accessible production & consumption.
  3. Maximizing the efficiency of waste processing can reduce emissions associated with solid waste.

    Strategy 3. Optimize collection and disposal systems to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

Other comments related to Waste and Consumption? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?

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17
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21

Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.

Average priorities over 38 responses
  1. Environmental systems provide benefits to the Flagstaff community. Protecting ecosystems can increase resiliency to climate change.

    Strategy 3. Protect existing forests and resources.
  2. Ensuring the forests in Flagstaff are healthy can reduce wildfire risk and sequester carbon.

    Strategy 1. Improve forest management.
  3. Public engagement and education can help prevent wildfires.

    Strategy 2. Educate the public on forest health risk and prevention.

Other comments related to Environmental Planning, Conservation and Open Space? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?

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14
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Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.

Average priorities over 38 responses
  1. Ensuring Flagstaff’s ecological resources can sustain tourism improves climate and economic resiliency.

    Strategy 2. Protect natural areas & ecosystem services that are most vulnerable to impacts of tourism & climate change.
  2. By promoting a sustainable local economy, Flagstaff can support businesses reducing emissions and adapting to climate change.

    Strategy 3. Promote a sustainable local economy.
  3. Diversifying tourism will support the Flagstaff business community year round.

    Strategy 1. Strengthen four-seasons tourism in Flagstaff to shift reliance on winter recreation.

Other comments related to Economic Prosperity and Recreation? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?

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11
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Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.

Average priorities over 38 responses
  1. Reducing water use through conservation reduces emissions and protects vital resources.

    Strategy 2. Support water conservation.
  2. Water infrastructure that enables water reuse can help conserve water resources. Potential actions include:

    Strategy 3. Improve water infrastructure and expand water reuse.
  3. Maintaining forest health is vital to watersheds.

    Strategy 1. Improve forest management for conservation of water resources.

Other comments related to Water Resources? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?

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19
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Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.

Average priorities over 38 responses
  1. The elderly, homeless, and low-income populations are most vulnerable to climate change. Identifying and protecting vulnerable communities now will reduce the impacts of climate change.

    Strategy 2. Identify and target support for at-risk populations.
  2. Preparing for climate change hazards and developing public services will allow the Flagstaff community to be resilient to climate impacts.

    Strategy 1. Adequately fund services for disaster preparedness.

Other comments related to Public Health, Services, Facilities, and Safety? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?

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7
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Among the seven focus areas discussed, what are your highest priorities? Indicate which areas you think need the most focus using a 'budget' of 7 dots. If you think all focus areas are equally important, put one dot on each item. If you think an area is not important at all, do not award a dot.

Response Percent Response Count
Energy 20.1% 52
Transportation and Land Use 18.1% 47
Waste and Consumption 12.4% 32
Environmental Planning, Conservation, and Open Space 13.9% 36
Economic Prosperity and Recreation 5.4% 14
Water Resources 21.6% 56
Public Health, Services, Facilities, and Safety 7.7% 20

Do you have any other feedback on the goals, strategies, or this process?

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April 27, 2018, 8:18 AM
  • What do you think about Flagstaff setting an 80x50 target?
    • Other - The Paris agreement aligns with political understanding, not scientific understanding. You ignore the largest source of GHG nationally - agriculture, i.e., beef production. Focus on stewardship of the environment and resources, not climate change.
  • What are the most important resources, systems, or populations that you think Flagstaff should pay attention to in preparing for climate change?

    Utilities should be the highest priority for the protection of life and property in northern Arizona, power or energy being at the top. Without power, water from wells becomes inaccessible and treatment of waste water becomes impossible, which would be catastrophic for the Flagstaff area. We must ensure our power source, generation and transmission, is safe from natural and man-made disasters. We must know and understand our water source and how it changes under prolonged drought and non drought conditions. What studies have been done and what yet needs to be studied? To protect our water resources, we must understand where it originates and what demand it can support under the varying conditions.

  • Why?

    Preserving the utilities protects the economy, industry, way of life and the habitability of Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. Flagstaff is uniquely situated with rich resources to not only be a haven to those living and working in the area, but to be a life raft to the rest of the state in the event of a catastrophic disaster, be it natural of man-made.

  • Please rank the energy strategies from your highest to lowest priority.
    1. Constructing and upgrading buildings to meet the highest thresholds for green building performance can dramatically reduce long-term energy use and emissions.

      Strategy 2: Enhance energy efficiency
    2. Reducing peak energy demand can have a big impact on electricity emissions because energy providers can reduce total electricity generation. Simple behavior change can reduce emissions.

      Strategy 1: Reduce peak demand for energy use in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.
    3. Clean energy generation presents a key opportunity to cut emissions.

      Strategy 3: Expand renewable energy generation and use.
  • Other comments related to Energy? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?

    Protection of our power generation and transmission capability to make our system reliable in the event of a disaster.

  • Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.
    1. Biking and walking instead of driving personal vehicles presents an opportunity to reduce emissions.

      Strategy 2. Promote vibrant neighborhoods where residents can easily walk or bicycle to meet basic daily needs.
    2. Land use planning can minimize the distance people have to travel by car. This can reduce transportation emissions and promote vibrant downtown areas.

      Strategy 4. Encourage more climate-friendly land use planning.
    3. Offering electric vehicle charging infrastructure enables the Flagstaff community to use zero emissions vehicles.

      Strategy 1. Support the growth of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • Other comments related to Transportation and Land Use? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?

    "Investigate options for disincentivizing driving." ARE YOU STUPID! Using this method to force people to change their behavior always (100% of the time) fails to meet the intended goals and usually has very bad unintended consequences. E.g., Fairfax VA allowed parking on the major roads eliminating two lanes for traffic during the commute. The purpose was to "disincentivize" people from driving into work and force them onto the metro train by doubling the road congestion for the commuters making it too painful to drive. The result was that there was only 60% of the necessary parking at the metro station with no additional parking for miles. The 45 minute commute became a 1.5 to 2 hour commute with the increased congestion, traffic accidents increased and the air quality decreased with all the cars in constant stop and go traffic. Don't disincentivize driving; incentivize not driving. This is done by making not driving a nice experience, enjoyable, not with wasteful and costly give-away programs i.e., rebates and free gifts, but through programs that bring the costs down.

    "Strengthen standards in the City’s zoning code that promote climate change resiliency and emissions reduction, such as reduced parking requirements, higher densities, and adoption of the newest energy codes." Government forcing people to comply only causes strong animosity resulting in belligerent noncompliance. Most people want to do these things, but often it is far more expensive, putting it out of reach. Like above, build programs that bring the costs down and make it easy to do these things.

  • Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.
    1. Consuming goods, services, and food can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Supporting sustainable business practices and educating consumers can reduce emissions.

      Strategy 1. Support sustainable & accessible production & consumption.
    2. Diverting waste keeps material out of landfills, where it would break down and generate greenhouse gases. Recycling, reuse, and composting offer climate-positive alternatives to sending waste to the landfill

      Strategy 2. Encourage increased waste diversion.
    3. Maximizing the efficiency of waste processing can reduce emissions associated with solid waste.

      Strategy 3. Optimize collection and disposal systems to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Other comments related to Waste and Consumption? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?
    No response.
  • Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.
    1. Ensuring the forests in Flagstaff are healthy can reduce wildfire risk and sequester carbon.

      Strategy 1. Improve forest management.
    2. Environmental systems provide benefits to the Flagstaff community. Protecting ecosystems can increase resiliency to climate change.

      Strategy 3. Protect existing forests and resources.
    3. Public engagement and education can help prevent wildfires.

      Strategy 2. Educate the public on forest health risk and prevention.
  • Other comments related to Environmental Planning, Conservation and Open Space? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?
    No response.
  • Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.
    1. By promoting a sustainable local economy, Flagstaff can support businesses reducing emissions and adapting to climate change.

      Strategy 3. Promote a sustainable local economy.
    2. Diversifying tourism will support the Flagstaff business community year round.

      Strategy 1. Strengthen four-seasons tourism in Flagstaff to shift reliance on winter recreation.
    3. Ensuring Flagstaff’s ecological resources can sustain tourism improves climate and economic resiliency.

      Strategy 2. Protect natural areas & ecosystem services that are most vulnerable to impacts of tourism & climate change.
  • Other comments related to Economic Prosperity and Recreation? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?
    No response.
  • Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.
    1. Water infrastructure that enables water reuse can help conserve water resources. Potential actions include:

      Strategy 3. Improve water infrastructure and expand water reuse.
  • Other comments related to Water Resources? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?
    No response.
  • Please rank the strategies from your highest to lowest priority.
    1. Preparing for climate change hazards and developing public services will allow the Flagstaff community to be resilient to climate impacts.

      Strategy 1. Adequately fund services for disaster preparedness.
    2. The elderly, homeless, and low-income populations are most vulnerable to climate change. Identifying and protecting vulnerable communities now will reduce the impacts of climate change.

      Strategy 2. Identify and target support for at-risk populations.
  • Other comments related to Public Health, Services, Facilities, and Safety? Did we miss strategies or actions you would like to see in the Plan?
    No response.
  • Among the seven focus areas discussed, what are your highest priorities? Indicate which areas you think need the most focus using a 'budget' of 7 dots. If you think all focus areas are equally important, put one dot on each item. If you think an area is not important at all, do not award a dot.
    • Energy (3)
    • Waste and Consumption (1)
    • Environmental Planning, Conservation, and Open Space (1)
    • Water Resources (2)
  • Do you have any other feedback on the goals, strategies, or this process?
    No response.
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Thank you for providing feedback on the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.

The Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will be informed by community feedback. Through this survey, you will be able to provide feedback on proposed goals and strategies for the Plan.

If you have any questions about the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan development, please see www.Flagstaff.AZ.Gov/ClimatePlan or contact Jenny Niemann at JNiemann@flagstaffAZ.gov.

We are happy to answer any questions you have, can set up a personal meeting to discuss the process, or would be happy to present to your community group, business, or organization.


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target

One goal of the Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) is to reduce Flagstaff’s greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change. Setting a greenhouse gas emissions target will allow Flagstaff to track its progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and measure the success of climate programs.

Flagstaff's greenhouse gas emissions: where we are today

80x50 target

The Flagstaff CAAP planning team recommends setting a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 — an 80x50 target. This target is used by peer cities and states across the U.S. It aligns with the Paris Agreement and scientific understanding of the changes necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Achieving this goal would require significant change. In Flagstaff, it could mean realigning our systems to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions we cause.

Is this achievable? Yes. We know that if we achieved the following, we would achieve an 80x50 emissions reduction target. Note that this is just ONE of many scenarios Flagstaff could choose from. 

  • Reduce or divert 80% of landfill waste
  • Reduce personal vehicle use by 20%
  • Switch 60% of on-road vehicles to zero emissions
  • Acquire at least 60% of electricity from renewables
  • Reduce building energy use by at least 80%

To learn more about greenhouse gas emissions, see the Climate Plan webpage on emissions.


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