The City of Boise is taking bold steps to address climate change. We are committed to ensuring that Boise is a resilient city in the face of climate change. We believe it is critical that Boise works to mitigate climate impacts and innovate around the creation of a robust climate economy.
The City of Boise is creating its first-ever climate action plan. We will craft solutions with the community, ensuring it is representative of our broad and diverse city and reflects the energy, transportation, economic and environmental values of residents and businesses.
While the development of a climate action plan will require considerable technical, data and policy analysis, it will also be built around a comprehensive community engagement effort. Working with a national expert, the climate action plan will exemplify Boise’s values and unique climate challenges and opportunities. The plan will emphasize health and equity for all Boiseans as a focal point for developed actions and will include an environmental justice and health equity baseline report.
To accelerate the development of the plan, Mayor McLean announced a Climate Action Division, embedded in the Public Works Department. The team will be tasked with coordinating and unifying ongoing climate efforts including Boise’s Energy Future, which commits the city to 100% clean electricity by 2035, strategic water resource planning, the Transportation Action Plan, waste reduction, open space, and a forthcoming goal around methane (natural gas) and geothermal energy in the city. Additionally, the team will be concentrated on aligning climate efforts across the city’s departments while developing and sharing climate data with the public to increase transparency.
In 2016, to prepare for future changes and enhance our resiliency, the City of Boise initiated the Boise Climate Adaptation Assessment. Researchers from the University of Idaho, Boise State University, and the Langdon Group, developed the assessment to provide an understanding of local climate impacts.
Read more about our current work and future efforts in the following priority areas.