During his 2019 State of the City address, Mayor Bieter announced Boise Climate Now, the city’s new program for addressing climate change. While the program is new, the City of Boise has been hard at work mitigating climate change for many years. As signatories of the 2006 and 2014 Mayors Climate Protection Agreements, the city has been busy following through on our promises. What we haven't had was a way to synthesize all of our efforts, a platform from which to talk about the real impacts facing our city, or a call to action.
To better understand what climate change will mean to Boise, the City of Boise commissioned a Boise Climate Adaptation Assessment in 2016. With the help from The Langdon Group and researchers from the University of Idaho and Boise State University, local climate change related impacts were evaluated to determine what Boiseans will experience over the next 60 years. According to a recent clean energy survey conducted in partnership with BSU, over 75% of Boiseans are concerned about the impacts of climate change.
In the coming months, you will be seeing and hearing a lot more of Boise Climate Now as the city develops and shares its technical climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and brings this critical conversation to the forefront.
In the meantime, read more about Boise’s current work and steadfast commitment to tackling climate change and integrating sustainability to help make us the most livable city in the country.