Lancaster, CA. June 29, 2016 – During last night’s Lancaster City Council meeting, City staff presented a draft of the City’s proposed Climate Action Plan to the Council. Once implemented, the project-based plan will help lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while improving the overall quality of life throughout the Lancaster community. The City is now inviting the public to submit comments regarding the draft plan. Submitted comments will be reviewed for possible inclusion in the final version of the Climate Action Plan.
Once finalized, the Climate Action Plan will provide strategies, as well as a source of funding for a number of projects, including: transportation improvements, energy efficiency programs, and community enhancement projects. While drafting the plan, the city worked with consultants from Michael Baker International to include a GHG emissions inventory for community and municipal emissions. The plan highlights a number of implementable projects to help reduce GHG emissions and achieve federal, state, and local emission reduction goals. The complete draft of the Climate Action Plan can be found online at www.cityoflancasterca.org/about-us/sustainability/climate-action-plan-draft.
“A key strength of this City is our ability to plan and adapt to changing circumstances – whether economic or environmental in nature,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “We encourage everyone to bring their unique ideas and insights to the table as we work together to implement strategies which will enable Lancaster to improve the quality of life throughout our city and the surrounding regions.”
The City will host an open house on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. – noon at MOAH:CEDAR (44851 Cedar Avenue), where members of the public can share their input regarding the Climate Action Plan. Additionally, on Thursday, June 30 from 4 – 9 p.m., City staff will have comment cards available at The BLVD Farmers Market.
Comments may also be emailed to CAPcomments@cityoflancasterca.org. The deadline to submit comments is August 12, and the finalized Climate Action Plan is expected to be presented to City Council for proposed adoption as early as September 2016.