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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.

Learn more.


Public Engagement & Survey


The survey is now closed.  Please stay tuned for updates on the planning process.
The purpose of this survey is to gain public feedback on their top priorities for the community climate action plan.  The survey also asks for demographic & socioeconomic info in order to understand participant diversity and support further outreach to under-resourced and under-represented residents in Cedar Rapids. 

Downtown Library survey event:
 June 19, 7:30-12:00pm (near main entrance)
Rollin' Recmobile survey events at City parks
  • June 18: Hidder, 9:30-11:30am
  • June 19: Cleveland, 2:00-3:00pm
  • June 21: Redmond 9:30-11:30am
  • June 21: Jacolyn 1:30-3:30pm
  • June 22: Daniels, 9:30-11:30am
  • June 22: Reed 4:30-6:30pm
  • June 23: Delaney, 9:30-11:30am
  • June 24: Time Check, 9:30-11:30am
  • Juen 24: Green Square, 1:30-3:30pm
  • June 26: Redmond, 12:00-1pm

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

Phase 1: Education and Community Input, from October through December 2020. Phase 2: Planning and Engagement, from January through September 2021. Phase 3: Plan Finalized and Action Continues, September 2021


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.

More Sustainability Documents


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)


Related Information

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.

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