Anchorage adopts climate plan to reduce carbon emissions
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly has adopted a climate plan setting goals for the city, officials said.
City officials voted Tuesday to adopt the 100-page document outlining aims such as reducing carbon emissions by 80% within 30 years, Alaska Public Media reported Wednesday.
The measure passed 8-2 with both Eagle River assembly members opposed.
The plan is primarily a set of non-binding proposals to guide municipal entities toward more environmentally friendly policies.
All 22 members of the public who spoke the meeting supported the measure.
Many cited evidence of climate change they have experienced — including warmer winters, worsening tree pollen, invasive insect species and heightened wildfire conditions.
Middle school student Tayleen Odom said she wants more electric vehicles, public transit and bike infrastructure.
“That will cause less air pollution for us humans, but not just us: for animals and little critters, and importantly our planet,” Odom said.
Others speakers focused on technical elements of the plan including greener transit infrastructure and renewable energy options.
Former Democratic Gov. Bill Sheffield stressed the importance of rail options for commuters.
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