Climate Mobilization Action Plan


Boulder is already facing the effects of climate change. Because of this, City Council recently declared a climate emergency, and the city is committed to creating a new phase of climate action, more ambitious than ever before.

It's time for us to come together and develop bold, new actions. These actions to address climate change should also seize the opportunity to create exciting and sustainable systems that build on our community values of equity and resilience.

We're drafting a climate action plan that will set new targets and identify short- and long-term actions that everyone can be a part of. This will be a community-driven plan, and we need your help!

Click or tap on the color blocks below to learn more about the two core principles and five focus areas:


Core Principles

CMAP equity focus area linkCMAP resilience focus area link


Focus Areas

CMAP ecosystems focus area link CMAP energy focus area link CMAP circular materials economy focus area link CMAP finance focus area link CMAP land use focus area link


Boulder is already facing the effects of climate change. Because of this, City Council recently declared a climate emergency, and the city is committed to creating a new phase of climate action, more ambitious than ever before.

It's time for us to come together and develop bold, new actions. These actions to address climate change should also seize the opportunity to create exciting and sustainable systems that build on our community values of equity and resilience.

We're drafting a climate action plan that will set new targets and identify short- and long-term actions that everyone can be a part of. This will be a community-driven plan, and we need your help!

Click or tap on the color blocks below to learn more about the two core principles and five focus areas:


Core Principles

CMAP equity focus area linkCMAP resilience focus area link


Focus Areas

CMAP ecosystems focus area link CMAP energy focus area link CMAP circular materials economy focus area link CMAP finance focus area link CMAP land use focus area link

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I appreciate the City's recognition that at this point our climate response must be more radical, and take the form of enabling residents to do radical things (taking off the brakes) as well as civic programs. We need a vision to move toward, not just an apocalypse to move away from.Overall, we need an alternative, aspirational lifestyle that is very different than what late-stage capitalism wants to hand us, where happiness comes in a constant flow of Amazon boxes - one where our needs and wants are simpler; our needs are abundantly met with justice and clean air, water, food, and energy. One where everything we eat or buy contributes to the health of the land and society, rather than damaging it. One where we and our environment thrive. One that is connected, fun, and interesting. Often our sustainability conversations in Boulder revolve around some pretty boring stuff: complaining about people sorting their recyclables incorrectly or voting all wrong. But what we need to find together is something to move toward. Let's move toward a life where we live in interesting, small spaces; make and repair things as creative outlets; know and honor our farmers and teachers. Make me want to live that way, by showing me it's *cool.* I'll make sacrifices for the climate, sure, but if you want a real movement it has to offer a vision of a place people want to be. I'm seeing that messaging more and more in the City's materials, and the more we can follow through on that the faster we'll pick it up, experiment, share, and move.Ideas might include - Legalize and promote tiny houses (fun!) - Ryan Marten's experimental neighborhood - Festivals around food, repair and reworking (BLDG 61, Resource, others already on this but maybe a city park kind of event?) - Policies that make it easier to farm locally - More collaboration w/the County around sustainability(At the same time, the City is capable of political battles that it's of a size to fight.)

shellysommer 12 days ago

Team,The five focus areas are wonderful to see as is your out-reach. By expanding to include these five areas, they allow for you to address our systemic issues with system multi-part solutions. The comment by Gerhard Koepf is a fine example of using open space for solar gardens. I fear most people will not think out of the box enough to come up with, let alone suggest these kinds of answers. The Theory U process that we used at the Hub in 2018, ask Jonathan and Emma about it, did help people come to more systems solutions and major institutional change; however, the City was not ready to work with that kind of solution. If you are ready for those types of solutions, I suggest restarting Theory U efforts like the country of Scotland does for all civic problems. I also suggest considering doing a complete neighborhood redesign to help us all see a vision of what could be possible. This demonstration neighborhood could take a radically different approach to land use and street design to increase density, but also safety and decrease Vehicle Miles Traveled while containing storm runoff and generating engergy in the neighborhood. The City needs to help the Citizens see what is possible or we are going to stay in learned helplessness until it is too late. Please find your way to doing a few bold things over the next few years. They do not have to be big, and they do need to get the ball rolling on building the new systems and institutions we need to create an ECO driven society, not an EGO driven one we have today. Ryan Martens

Ryan Martens 13 days ago

Re: your article about “Shaping our climate future – together” in the Community Newsletter:I agree, going renewable is a necessity - we owe it to our children and grandchildren. To go fully renewable, we must take actions that require us to make substantial sacrifices: we will have to spend substantial amounts of money and change some of our habits. As individuals, we need to phase out gasoline driven cars*, improve home insulation, and replace gas operated heating and cooling with electric solutions. As a community, we need to provide green public transportation, including for the “last mile”, encourage construction of charging stations, and provide 100% renewable energy for all of us.The city is and has been fully aware of all this. However, with the municipalization effort, the city has gone down a very slow and indirect road towards renewable power provision. A final deal with Xcel is not in sight and when it happens, aside from the enormous amount of money spent, does not guarantee us 100% renewable energy. Instead of fighting Xcel (who is perhaps not doing enough, fast enough, but is definitely making an earnest effort to get to 100% renewable energy by 2050) and instead of telling us that we should put solar panels on all our homes and businesses, the city should have looked at ways to produce renewable energy. A community solar plant built 3-4 years ago could have become a profitable operation by now. In terms of cost, the cost per panel in a solar plant is now a third or a quarter of the cost of a panel installed on a rooftop. But here is the crux of the matter: A community solar plant – potentially financed by homeowners who “own” the needed number of solar panels for their home size – needs space. I suggest it’s time to consider a non-monetary sacrifice and seriously look at our open space. One can compare our open space with a savings account: a “bad-weather fund” to be kept until an emergency happens. Well, this emergency has come in the form of global warming.The city and county purchased this land for a mix of reasons: 1) to preserve the natural beauty of our mountain backdrop, 2) to keep urbanization all around us in check, particularly against the mountains but also towards the surrounding communities, and 3) to preserve prairie and farmland. The time has come to objectively review the use of open space lands for Solar Farming**, identify suitable acreage and then let the voters decide and show their commitment to renewable energy.* Spoiler: It has been shown that in terms of total carbon output, electric cars are not significantly beating gasoline operated cars unless batteries are charged from renewable sources. Also, the mining and refining of the rare earth minerals needed for rechargeable batteries is difficult to envision without fossil fuels. A long-term sustainable solution would be Hydrogen-operated engines that require no battery storage (Hydrogen can be produced with electricity and stored in tanks).** It is being demonstrated that crop farming in the shade of solar panels can provide higher yields with less irrigation water.

Gerhard Koepf 22 days ago