Ashland Climate and Energy Action Plan

Lessons Learned

Addressing climate change requires working across sectors to incorporate climate change considerations into all that we do. Only through a coordinated and multifaceted effort can significant progress be made. 

Equity Insights

Equity is integrated throughout Ashland’s Climate and Energy Action Plan. It includes:

  • An ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction target that acknowledges the responsibility of developed societies to minimize harmful impacts to those who did not contribute to the problem.
  • Actions that focus on supporting vulnerable populations, who will disproportionately suffer from many climate change impacts.
  • Including equity in prioritization criteria for evaluating potential actions.
  • Progress indicators that track equitable implementation of the plan, such as the percentage of Ashland residents experiencing health issues or with access to cooling centers.
  • An implementation plan that calls for equity to be considered in the implementation phase of every action.

Summary

Climate change is already affecting Ashland and the surrounding region, and its impacts are projected to become much more severe in the coming decades. To minimize harmful impacts and play its part in curbing global carbon pollution, Ashland needs to take bold steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency. This plan lays out a foundation for the City of Ashland to reduce its emissions and improve its resilience to future impacts of climate change on its environment, infrastructure, and people.


Options Considered

The following resilience actions were considered in the development of this plan. To explore other resilience actions that may be applicable to your community, visit the complete Options Database.

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1 May 2024 - 8:24am