On February 25, 2020, the Cedar Rapids City Council passed a resolution recognizing the urgency for community climate action.
Community Climate Action Plan
In response to the February 2020 Climate Action resolution, City staff and engaged community members are preparing a Community Climate Action Plan, which:
- Identifies short- and long-term actions that will prepare the City to achieve 2030 and 2050 climate targets,
- Centers equity, community feedback and balanced interests,
- Includes practices, policies, incentives, education, and partnerships led by the City,
- Includes public commitments from residents, businesses and local industry,
- Builds a cleaner, stronger, more vibrant Cedar Rapids, and
- Moves the community forward together.
Cedar Rapids’ Climate Story
This highly digestible, visually appealing, interactive web document utilizes a unique scrolling story-telling format to overview baseline climate data, education, and highlights from a climate survey of approximately 1,400 residents. Review Cedar Rapids’ Climate Story.
Timeline to Community Climate Action
Climate Advisory Committee
A Climate Advisory Committee (CAC) will work with City of Cedar Rapids staff to develop an equitable Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) to meet the targets of the City’s Climate Resolution from January 2021 to September 2021. Committee members have been appointed by Mayor Brad Hart and approved by City Council. Learn more.
Climate Action Documents
- Climate Action Resolution
On February 25, 2020, Cedar Rapids City Council passed a resolution recognizing the urgency for community climate action.
- Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) Overview
Learn more about the CCAP, public engagement process, and community goals for climate change action and equity.
- Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Mitigation - Existing Conditions (DRAFT)
This report details GHGs that are emitted within the Cedar Rapids community. The document is technical in nature and shows where the community stands today in relation to the GHG-reduction targets identified in City Council's February 2020 Climate Resolution. A finalized version of this document will be included in the final Community Climate Action Plan.
- Cedar Rapids’ Climate Story
This highly digestible, visually appealing, interactive web document utilizes a unique scrolling story-telling format to overview baseline climate data, education, and highlights from a climate survey of approximately 1,400 residents.
Climate Action | Kickoff Events
On October 22 and 29th, two Community Climate Action Plan Kickoff Events launched our public process to respond to climate change. The events charted our Climate Action planning process and launched a Community Climate Action Survey. During the events, community leaders shared diverse perspectives and their personal relationship with climate change and equity. The two kickoff events were recorded and available below:
After the events, we followed up with panelists on questions unanswered due to time limitations. (Download Audience/Panelist Q&As)
EnvisionCR (January 2015) | GreenCR, Goal 3, Initiative 15: Prepare a community-wide Climate Action Plan that builds on the Energy Management Plan and addresses emission from land use, transportation, street lights, water consumption, waste generation, and building energy.
iGreenCR Action Plan (January 2020) | Resources, Goal 1, Objective A: Convene community stakeholder group to develop climate action and adaptation plan.
Climate Action Resolution (February 2020): The City Council of the City of Cedar Rapids officially recognized an urgency for community climate action in this February 2020 resolution. The Council commits to developing a community-wide sustainability plan with various climate mitigation, climate adaptation, climate justice targets, and job and worker guarantees — utilizing a steering committee with diverse community members representing various demographics.