[DENVER, CO] – The City of Denver today released a report outlining specific steps to reduce emissions of the dangerous pollution that causes climate change. Through October, the city is taking feedback on proposed targets and strategies.
The plan comes as Coloradans are growing increasingly aware of the impacts of global warming, in particular right now as smoke from western wildfires has blanketed the city, and as more than 4 million acres of our forests have been ravaged by the mountain pine beetle.
Travis Madsen, State Climate Campaign Director for Environment Colorado, issued the following statement in response:
“This important and ambitious plan puts Denver in the driver’s seat on the road to a sustainable future. Moving to pollution-free energy makes sense for our health, for our safety and for our climate.
We applaud the leadership of Mayor Michael Hancock, the City of Denver, and the stakeholders who developed this plan. It is fantastic to have our state’s largest city leading the way on climate action.
Denver can and should move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. We can use less energy while improving our quality of life. And we can get where we need to go without polluting our air and damaging our climate. Other cities across Colorado, the nation and the world should chart a similar course to build for a sustainable future and power our lives with 100 percent clean, renewable energy.
Environment Colorado looks forward to working with Denver to meet and exceed the goals of this plan. Together, we can prevent the most serious impacts of climate change.”