What is a Climate Action Plan?
A Climate Action Plan (CAP) serves as a roadmap for communities ready to reduce emissions, introduce energy efficiency programs, and join a global effort to combat climate change. Cities' needs vary widely, so no two CAPs look the same. Richmond has been fortunate enough to receive guidance from Indiana University on CAP best practices and continues to benefit from the collective knowledge of a handful of other Hoosier cities participating in annual sustainability programs. Climate Action Plans are also referred to as "Emission Reduction Plans" and "Sustainability Action Plans". Richmond's 2020 Comprehensive Plan directs the City to "Work with the Richmond Environmental Sustainability Commission to prepare a Citywide Sustainability Action Plan." The Commission hopes to present this plan to Common Council in 2021 for approval.
Actions Typically Found in Midwestern Climate Action Plans
- Energy efficiency and conservation measures
- Clean energy projects
- Waste reduction or recycling programs
- Public transportation upgrades
- Expansion of tree canopy coverage
- Embracing and supporting electric and alternative fuel vehicles
- Improved stormwater management and retention
- Encouraging adoption of alternative commute incentives by local businesses and organizations
The Greenhouse Gas Inventory completed in 2019 is the basis for the Climate Action Planning work being done this year. Below is a schedule outlining the steps and timeline for the process ahead.
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report: COMPLETE
- Emissions Forecast Predictions: COMPLETE
- Data Gathering includes: Internal Research, Community Engagement, Readiness Assessments: COMPLETE
- Emissions Reduction Strategy: COMPLETE
- Climate Action Plan: IN-PROGRESS
The Climate Action Plan will incorporate actions in alignment with Richmond's new Community Action Plan, Richmond Rising.