Community Climate Action Plan
The City of Cedar Rapids' Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) was approved on September 28, 2021. The plan fulfills the ambitious goals of City Council's Climate Resolution to reduce greenhouse gases, build resilience to climate hazards, and support access to basic needs for all residents. The plan:
- Centers equity and community strengths.
- Prioritizes 24 actions within two key goal areas and visions:
- Carbon-Free: Cedar Rapids is a carbon-free community. Residents can meet their basic needs within a 15-minute walk. Clean energy provides clean, healthy air. Walking, biking, and busing are popular, while low-emissions public transit and shared-mobility options come frequently.
- Resilient & Accessible: All residents of Cedar Rapids have access to high-quality green space, healthy food, clean air and water, and good, green jobs. Residents and neighborhoods are cohesive and familiar, helping each other out and getting connected to our rich community resources.
Take part in Community Climate Action!
Find programs in support of the Community Climate Action Plan. Initial programs can be found below, and more will be added over time:
- Green Homes: Log your actions, commit to more, and see what actions your neighbors and community are taking. All home renters and owners across Cedar Rapids can participate.
- Community Leaders: Show your organization's support for sustainability by signing up to be a "Community Leader" in the Community Leaders program.
Bookmark this page and subscribe to the GreenCR Newsletter to follow along with updates on the implementation of the Community Climate Action Plan.
About the Plan
The CCAP was drafted over several months of planning and public engagement. A mayor-appointed Community Climate Advisory Committee steered development of the plan. Focus groups — including such stakeholders as small businesses, neighborhood groups, nonprofits, schools, large businesses and local industries — provided additional valuable input on the plan. The public input process prioritized equitable engagement, with a particular interest in surveying populations classified as vulnerable by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The plan incorporates all this feedback to respond directly to the goals specified in City Council's Climate Resolution. These goals included specific targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions; resilience to climate hazards; access to basic needs — including clean air and water, healthy food, good parks and nature, green jobs, and direct connections to City government — for Cedar Rapids' most vulnerable residents.