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Longmont Might Join Climate Action Coalition

November 25, 2018

If you go

What: Longmont City Council

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Civic Center council chambers, 350 Kimbark St.

Agenda: tinyurl.com/ybg7fcp5

Longmont City Council on Tuesday night is set to consider joining a Colorado coalition of local governments that advocate adoption of state and federal policies and regulations addressing climate change.

Belonging to Colorado Communities for Climate Action — an organization whose members already include 21 municipalities and counties, including Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville, Nederland and Boulder County — would cost Longmont $10,000 annually.

In a Friday interview, Longmont Board of Environmental Affairs chairman Kai Abelkis called it “a remarkable opportunity for Longmont to join other communities in adding its voice to the choir that we need to take responsibility for our actions and work toward a healthier tomorrow.”

City staff in a memo for Tuesday’s meeting said staff and the environmental affairs advisory panel believe Longmont’s membership in the coalition that lobbies the Legislature and state government agencies would “help the city meet its goals for renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Abelkis said joining Colorado Communities for Climate Action “is the right thing to do,” if Longmont residents “want to live in a community and a state that has clean air and clean water.”

Membership in the coalition would give Longmont “a voice at the table, down in Denver,” during state government discussions of environmental policies, regulations and laws, he said.

Longmont staff said the coalition’s general policy priorities include:

• Supporting state and local government collaboration to advance local climate protection action through the providing of information, technical assistance, funding and other resources.

• Supporting state and federal programs directly and indirectly related to achieving reductions in heat-trapping emissions, and continued and adequate funding for such programs.

• Supporting analyses, financial incentives and policies for development and deployment of clean-energy technologies.

• Supporting state and federal assistance programs requested by communities that are impacted by the reduced uses of fossil fuels for power production.

Abelkis said he’s proud of the environmental steps Longmont already has taken.

Those, according to the resolution on Tuesday night’s agenda whose adoption would approve joining the coalition, include city council’s November 2016 adoption of a Sustainability Plan “to promote social equity, environmental stewardship and economic vitality for all residents and businesses of Longmont.”

In January, council adopted a resolution supporting achievement of a 100-percent renewable electricity supply for the city by the year 2030.

Contact Staff Writer John Fryar at 303-684-5211 or jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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