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Climate Action Task Force Recommendation Report

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The Denver Climate Action Task Force made recommendations to strengthen Denver’s work to address climate change equitably in the following critical areas: Buildings, Transportation, Electricity Generation, Industrial Energy Use, Consumption Emissions and Resiliency/Climate Adaptation.

The task force did this work by engaging experts, interested stakeholders, and a wide range of community members in the process.  The task force:

·       Engaged Denver’s communities in defining goals, gaps, solutions, and investment opportunities.

·       Reviewed goals, current work, and gaps

·       Recommended policies and solutions needed to meet the goals equitably

·       Recommended investment opportunities

The science of climate change is changing quickly.  While the task force’s work aims to bring Denver into line with the latest science, the City will frequently evolve goals, plans and policies to keep pace in the future.

The task force completed their work in June 2020 and developed a recommendations report.  For additional details on all aspects of the Climate Action Stakeholder Process see the dropdowns below.

The Denver Climate Action Task Force will develop make recommendations to strengthen Denver’s work to address climate change equitably in the following critical areas:

  • Buildings
  • Transportation
  • 100% Renewable Electricity
  • Industrial Energy Use
  • Consumption Emissions
  • Resiliency/Adaptation

The task force will do their work by engaging experts, interested stakeholders, and a wide range of community members in the process. 

The task force will:

Engage Denver’s communities in defining goals, gaps, solutions, and investment opportunities.

  • Engage networks of each member to inform and support their work.
  • Support the City in developing and implementing a broader community engagement strategy that informs their work.

Review goals, current work, and gaps

  • Review and update the City’s goals in the 80x50 Climate Action plan to align with the latest climate science.
  • Review current climate work by the Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency so that the task force outcomes build upon this strong foundation.
  • Review the gaps between current work and what is necessary to achieve the goals equitably and to begin work on climate resiliency.

Recommend the policies and solutions needed to meet the goals equitably

  • Define where policies and requirements are necessary to close the gap to achieving scientifically informed goals. 
  • Develop a set of high-level solutions and strategies (e.g. marketing, training, incentives) that the City must implement to support our community and enable the passage of equitable policies.

Recommend investment opportunities

  • Determine the level of funding that is needed to implement the proposed policies and solutions. 
  • Select one or more revenue sources to fill any agreed upon funding gap.

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The science of climate change is changing quickly.  While the task force’s work will aim to bring Denver into line with the latest science, the City will frequently evolve goals, plans and policies to keep pace in the future.

The task force will complete their work by May of 2020.  

All meetings were open to public observers. Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns some meetings took place virtually. Virtual meetings were streamed on Facebook Live. Meeting agendas, notes, and recordings are available below.

 

Thursday, January 16 from 8:30am - 12:30pm

Location: The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.

Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)

 

Thursday, January 30 from 1:30-4:30pm

Location: Denver Elections Building - Grand Mesa Room, 200 W. 14th Ave

Agenda (PDF) | Resources (PDF)

 

Thursday, February 6 from 1:30-4:30pm

Location: Wellington Webb Building - 1.B.6, 201 W. Colfax Ave.

Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)

 

Thursday. February 20 from 8:00-11:00am

Location: Denver Regional Council of Governments, Board Room, 1001 17th St.

Agenda (PDF) | Minutes (PDF)

 

Thursday, March 5 from 1:30-4:30pm

Community College of Denver, Confluence Building Assembly Rooms, 800 Curtis St.

Agenda (PDF) | Meeting in a Box Round 1 Analysis Summary (PDF)

 

Thursday, March 12 from 9:30-11:00am

Location: Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns this meeting took place virtually.

Meeting Agenda & Summary (PDF) | Meeting video

 

Thursday, March 26 from 1:30-4:30pm

Location: Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns this meeting took place virtually. 

Meeting Agenda & Summary (PDF) | Meeting Video

 

Thursday, April 9 from 8:00-11:00am

Location: Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns this meeting took place virtually. 

 Meeting Agenda & Summary (PDF) | Meeting Video Unavailable

 

Thursday, April 23 from 8:00-11:00am

Location: Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns this meeting took place virtually. 

Meeting Agenda (PDF) | Meeting Video | Breakout Session Videos: Adaptation & Resiliency | Transportation | Buildings & Homes | 

 

Thursday, May 7 from 1:30-4:30pm

Location: Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns this meeting took place virtually. 

Meeting Agenda (PDF) | Meeting Video | Breakout Session Revenue Discussion Videos: Airport Tax & Toll | Sales Tax | Utility Franchise Fee | Energy Tax | Other Options | Supporting presentation (PDF) | Support spreadsheet (Excel) *If, for any reason, you are unable to read the linked documents please contact us at sustainability@denvergov.org for assistance.

 

Thursday, May 14 from 8:30-11:00am

Location: Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns this meeting took place virtually. 

Meeting Agenda (PDF) | Meeting Video

 

Thursday, May 21 from 1:30-4:00pm

Location: Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns this meeting took place virtually. 

Meeting Agenda (PDF) | Meeting Video

 

Thursday, May 28 from 8:30-11:00am

Location: Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns this meeting took place virtually.

Meeting Agenda (PDF) | Meeting Video

 

Thursday, June 11 from 1:30-4:00pm

Location: Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns this meeting took place virtually.

Meeting Agenda (PDF) | Meeting Video

In August 2019, Mayor Hancock and Denver City Council announced a plan to strengthen Denver’s work to address climate change by launching a process to examine current climate work, identify gaps to achieve scientifically informed goals, develop an investment strategy to fill those gaps, analyze funding needs, and agree on a revenue source to fill any funding gaps. 

We received over 260 applications to join the task force. The Climate Action Task Force members are as follows:

Brandon Rietheimer, Resilient Denver

Dominique Gomez, Salazar Center for North American Conservation

Emily Gedeon, Sierra Club - Colorado

Eugene Downing, New Hope Baptist Church

Frank Locantore, Colfax Ave BID

George E. Ware, Community Member

Jackie Bouvier, Santa Fe BID

Jasmin Barco, Eco-Cycle

Jennifer Gremmert, Energy Outreach Colorado

Jessica Goad, Conservation Colorado

Jon Buerge, Urban Villages / LoDo District / Downtown BID

Kathie A Barstnar, NAIOP Colorado, the Commercial Real Estate Association

Kelly Shanley, Student Advocate, Community College of Denver

Laura Zaspel, Serendipity Catering

Lori Pace, Denver Metro Association of Realtors

Micaela Iron Shell-Dominguez, International Indigenous Youth Council

Mike Kruger, Colorado Solar and Storage Association (COSSA)

Naomi Amaha, Denver Streets Partnership

Patricia G Iwasaki, Metro/NorthEast Denver

Piep van Heuven, Bicycle Colorado

Rhiannon Duryea, Denver Area Labor Federation

Sam Knaizer, BPX Energy, BP America

Sebastian Andrews, Youth Sustainability Board, environmentally concerned youth of Denver

Thomas Riggle, Resilient Denver

Tyler Smith, Xcel Energy

Veronica Booz, Green Valley Ranch/KIPP Colorado Schools

The Climate Action Task Force have focused on engaging the community in the process through a variety of ways:

  • Hosted 2 rounds of small community meetings with hundreds of Denverites in February and March.
  • Hosted Stakeholder Advisory Group meetings in April with: youth, climate activists, labor and workforce, business and industry, people vulnerable to climate impacts, and frontline communities.
  • Made the DenverClimateAction.Consider.It website available from April 20-May 4 for public input.

Read the full report on community support for climate action in Denver.

Learn more about Denver’s current work and best practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our 2-page fact sheets:

Learn more about Denver’s current work and best practices for climate adaptation and resilience.

 

Mailing Address:


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Denver, CO 80204
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Climate Action, Sustainability & Resiliency

720-865-9028
sustainability@denvergov.org

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