Anchorage Climate Action Plan

The Municipality of Anchorage
Created: 11/24/2020 -

Abstract

The Anchorage Climate Action Plan puts Anchorage on a path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% from 2008 levels by 2050, with an interim goal of 40% by 2030.*,1,2 Many of the actions in this plan are focused on addressing the primary cause of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, Anchorage residents are already experiencing many initial impacts of climate change, including warmer winters, icier roads, and more winter rain. The Climate Action Plan includes actions that will help Anchorage prepare for these and future impacts. 

Anchorage is joining a community of cities, states, and organizations around the world in the effort to lower human contributions to climate change and build capacity to combat the environmental changes the world is facing. The actions in the Anchorage Climate Action Plan have been developed so that our efforts to confront climate change also support local jobs, economic development, improved public health, more transportation options, and community self-sufficiency. 

In addition to the objectives and actions laid out in each of the sectors, the Climate Action Plan has two overarching actions: 

  1. Complete a greenhouse gas inventory and update annually to measure progress towards climate goals. 
  2. Develop a framework for selecting, monitoring, and sharing indicators that track 1) environmental changes associated with climate change, 2) impacts of climate change at a neighborhood- level, and 3) adaptation measures and their effectiveness in Anchorage. 

The recommendations included in the Anchorage Climate Action Plan apply to all communities within the Municipality boundary, including the Native Village of Eklutna, Chugiak, Eagle River, Anchorage, Girdwood, and Portage. 

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Keywords

Adaptation Phase
Planning
Scale
Community / Local
Sector Addressed
Culture/communities
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Education / Outreach
Energy
Fisheries
Forestry
Land Use Planning
Public Health
Transportation / Infrastructure
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Coordinate planning and management
Create/enhance resources and tools
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Temperature
Culture / communities
Fire
Fishery harvest
Flooding
Growing season
Infrastructure damage
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Range shifts
Snowpack
Water supply
Habitat/Biome Type
Coastal
Terrestrial
Forest
Tundra
Region
Alaska