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City to revive climate talks

Staff report

Today, the Aspen City Council will meet in a work session to introduce and discuss what is the beginning of an increased effort to combat global climate change. According to a memo from Climate Action Manager Ashley Perl, this discussion comes at Aspen’s 10th anniversary in working to fight climate change and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

The intention of the meeting is to assess the city of Aspen’s effectiveness over the past decade and to identify how the city may improve these efforts in order to effectively reach its goal of reducing 80 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050. The meeting will outline the long-term strategies, policies and goals that are necessary to accomplish this reduction, the memo said. It also will include the budgeting of these propositions.

Aspen is not on track to achieve its 2020 goal of reducing 30 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions based on its current rate, the memo said. Communal support and initiatives within the past five to 10 years, however, indicate that the city is working in the right direction.

Aspen developed both the first rural bus-rapid-transit system (VelociRFTA) and bike-share system (We-cycle) in the U.S. It also is expected that Aspen’s electric energy will be 100 percent renewable by September. Overall, the areas where Aspen has most effectively worked to reduce emissions include transportation, commercial and residential energy, airport and waste.


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