Climate Action

Carbon Neutral by 2050

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What is Climate Action?

Climate action isn’t just an environmental issue, it’s a public health and economic development necessity. Climate action is about creating green jobs and a new economy for the future while protecting the health of all Boiseans. The City of Boise is committed to taking immediate government and community action by collaborating with local partners, businesses, and individuals to move the needle on climate change.

Why Climate Action?

Climate change is continuing to shift the Treasure Valley's seasons, rainfall, snowpack, air quality and water availability. These changes impact the health, quality of life and livelihoods of us all.

The City of Boise is committed to taking action to address climate change, because our city's prosperity is directly linked to clean energy, clean air and water, and open space. By harnessing innovation, and the passion of the next generation, Boise will be a national climate leader.

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The Goal:
Carbon Neutral by 2050

This past year, the City of Boise set a bold climate action goal to be carbon neutral by 2050. Carbon neutral eliminates greenhouse gas emissions by achieving the following benchmarks:

  • 2030: 100% Clean electricity for City of Boise government facilities
  • 2035:
    • Carbon neutral for City of Boise government facilities and operations
    • 100% Clean electricity for the Boise community
  • 2050: Carbon neutral for Boise community
Climate action timeline
Climate Roadmap Major Milestones

How We'll Get There

The recently developed Climate Action Roadmap provides a clear path forward to reaching carbon neutrality.

Research and Data

In 2000, the city began collecting research and data to develop a baseline of information to understand our current conditions and to determine where we can take action in mitigating climate change. The roadmap focuses on both eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and building resiliency so our city can adapt to climate changes in our region.

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Get Involved

Climate action takes all of us: residents, organizations, and businesses. Sign up to support climate action and stay up to date with the latest climate news, blog posts, events and volunteer opportunities.

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Energy

Use Less Energy

  • Switch to LED lights
  • Adjust your thermostat by a few degrees
  • Install a digital programmable thermostat. Replace old appliances and heating/cooling systems with energy efficient options.
  • Utilize rebates/incentives to make energy saving options affordable
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Transportation

Drive Less and Travel Differently

  • Take one fewer vehicle trip each day
  • Use public transit, carpool, walk or bike
  • Purchase a carbon credit to offset the emissions from your air travel
  • Purchase an electric or hybrid-electric vehicle
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Waste

Reduce and Reuse

  • Shop for items and goods with less plastic
  • Shop locally reused products
  • Compost more! Increase your participation in the city’s compost program
  • Recycle better! Become an educated recycler
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Water

Conservation

Reduce water consumption in your home or business by:

  • Adjust faucets and fixtures
  • Change to low-water landscaping or xeriscaping
  • Keep pollution out of stormwater
  • Know what not to flush
  • Learn about your local water renewal services
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Land Acknowledgement

The City of Boise acknowledges the ancestral, cultural, traditional, and unceded territory of the Shoshone, Bannock, and Northern Paiute people on which the city is situated.

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