Boise Climate Now

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.

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Target: 100% clean electricity for municipal operations by 2030 and 100% citywide clean electricity by 2035

The City of Boise's current energy makeup consists of:

  • 50% Natural Gas
  • 48% Electricity
  • 2% Geothermal

The greenhouse gases in Boise are produced by:

  • 34% commercial and industry
  • 33% transportation
  • 30% residential
  • 2% solid waste
  • 1% wastewater

Current Action


Right beneath our feet is the nation’s largest direct-use geothermal utility.

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Explore city facilities powered by the sun.

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Net Zero Building

The state of Idaho’s first-ever net zero energy building serves a unique purpose.

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Boise's Energy Future

Our plan for 100% clean electricity by 2035.

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Waste Reduction

TARGET: Reduce per capita waste sent to the landfill

The current systems and processes within the city have:

  • 30,000 tons of compost collected last year
  • 40% of total waste was diverted from the landfill since 2015
  • 11,000 tons of recycled materials collected last year
  • 350 tons of hard-to-recycle plastics collected through the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program

Current Action


A robust effort for both businesses and residents to reduce waste.

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Citywide and sustainable – a truly local cycle.

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Plastics Challenge

Shifting the focus to the reduction of single-use plastics in our community.

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TARGET: Maximize water renewal in alignment with citizen feedback

To date, the city has accomplished the following:

  • Removed and beneficially reused 1,200 pounds of phosphorus
  • Captured 100% of biosolids through water renewal and used them as crop fertilizer
  • Cleaned and renewed 10 billion gallons of water annually

Current Action

Water Renewal Planning

Setting the strategic direction for how we get the most out of every drop.

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Pure Water Brew

Creating new delicious products out of our city’s used water.

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Water Renewal Services

The city utility that gives new life to used water.

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Dixie Drain

A precedent-setting project pioneering a new approach to water quality.

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Open and Green Space

TARGET: Protect and preserve green and open space in Boise

To date, the city has:

  • 12 reserves, totaling 5,000 acres, managed and owned by the City of Boise
  • 92 developed city parks

In 2001 and again in 2016, voters showed support for open space preservation, wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreational opportunities in the Boise Foothills by passing levies to raise over $20 million for this effort.

Current Action

Open Space

Protected properties for lasting conservation.

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Open Space & Clean Water Levy

Check out projects recommended for the preservation of open space and clean water improvement.

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Expansion of Hillside to Hollow Reserve

A new deal leads to a big win for the foothills.

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Boise Greenbelt Celebration

50 years of an iconic Boise gem that is treasured by all.

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Food Systems

TARGET: Increase local food production and security

Last year, the city was able to:

  • Harvest 2,260 pounds of produce from Boise Urban Garden School
  • Produce 50,000 tons of forage crops from biosolids generated through water renewal

To date, the city current has 6 community gardens and supports an additional 14 around the community.

Current Action

Boise Urban Garden School

An organic farm teaching the fundamentals of gardening.

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Spaulding Ranch

A first of its kind demonstration and production farm.

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Twenty Mile South Farm

Sustainably growing crops through the water renewal process.

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TARGET: Prioritize alternative transportation modes and achieve a 10% reduction of drive alone trips by 2029

In the City of Boise, you will find:

  • 43 electric vehicle charging stations at 22 different locations citywide
  • 35,560 trips completed on green bikes just in the last year, causing a reduction of 82,162 pounds of carbon emissions
  • 750 electric scooters and 153,000 miles in trips traveled so far
  • 10% of our municipal fleet are electric vehicles (EV)

Current Action

Keep Boise Moving

The city’s strategy for a diversified, innovative and achievable transportation system.

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Community Conversations on Transportation

Engaging Boiseans in a meaningful dialogue about the future of transportation.

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State Street Project

A plan to ease traffic and increase transit choices along the State Street corridor.

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Community in Action

TARGET: Continue to actively engage Boiseans for a better future

To date, the city has created and managed program that have:

  • First year of 18 Ambassadors and social media reach of over 102,000
  • Reach 58,000 people annually through environmental education
  • 72,000 volunteer hours committed to Parks and Recreation last year

Current Action

Livability Ambassadors

A new program with far reaching impact.

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Environmental Education

A diverse array of opportunities for kids and adults to learn about nature.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Be a part of helping make Boise the most livable city in the country.

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Giving Back

Boise Kind Day kicks off in a big way.

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While the current statistics are snapshots of progress made across the city, all aspects of Boise’s livability are interconnected. We measure the city’s livability through seven targeted goal areas which can be found here.

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