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Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our generation. The effects of a warming planet are already being felt in our city and around the world. From increases in wildfires and droughts to the spread of disease to worsening air quality, the evidence clearly shows that climate change is having a broad-reaching impact on our daily lives. Cities generate more than 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. That makes us a key part of the climate solution. Denver is committed to do our part to ensure our children have a climate safe future.

Climate Action

Efforts to reduce or prevent greenhouse gas emissions.


  • Increasing renewable energy use
  • Upgrading and replacing equipment to energy-efficient models
  • Informing consumers to make sustainable decisions
  • Increasing transit ridership
  • Enhancing areas that accumulate and store carbon (such as trees)

Goal: Reduce carbon emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2050.

The 80x50 Climate Action plan identifies interim carbon reduction goals, new targets for buildings, transportation, and electricity generation, and high-impact strategies for achieving deep decarbonization in each of these key sectors. It calls for deep decarbonization in buildings, transportation and electricity generation. Denver will continue to evaluate new high-impact strategies in these sectors as cost, policy and technology evolve.

80x50 Climate Action:


Climate Adapation

Efforts to prepare for and adjust to the current and future impacts of climate change.


  • Ensuring the availability of cooling centers in the face of extreme heat events
  • Upgrading stormwater infrastructure to better withstand extreme rainfall events

The Denver Climate Adaptation Plan outlines the key climate vulnerabilities the City faces and lays out agency actions to prepare for and address those vulnerabilities. Acting now to prepare for climate change can ensure future generations will enjoy clean air and water, economic opportunity, effective and efficient infrastructure, parks and open spaces, and a healthy environment that supports wellbeing.

Three top vulnerabilities are identified in the plan:

  1. An increase in temperature and urban heat island effect
  2. An increase in frequency of extreme weather events
  3. Reduced snowpack and earlier snowmelt

Climate Adaptation: