Update January 28, 2022
Virtual Town Hall: Climate Action in Lakewood
Do you have thoughts about what Lakewood should do about climate change? How it could adopt clean energy? Or what you want your community to look like decades from now?
The City of Lakewood is pleased to invite residents to a virtual town hall from 6:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 15. Building off the work of the Resiliency Task Force, the session will provide information on Lakewood’s climate action plan, give participants a chance to ask questions, and share how residents can provide input on what the goals of the plan should be, as well as what kinds of measures Lakewood should take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Everyone is welcome.
Log-in information for this town hall will be posted here by 12:00 PM on February 15th.
Update October 27, 2021
Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) has been chosen as the consultant to help Lakewood develop and implement its Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP’s data collection has begun, and public engagement opportunities will occur over the course of the project. The final plan is expected to be completed Fall 2022. Click here to read the full press release.
Lakewood is seeking to integrate CAP outcomes and recommendations with an eye towards sustainably balancing municipal priorities, policies, and programs across environmental, economic, and social considerations.
Building upon the work of the 2019 Resiliency Task Force, the CAP will support the City’s overall sustainability efforts and will contribute to other planning efforts the City is currently engaged in. The City is undertaking efforts in anti-racism, universal design (ADA), and a Community-focused Health Needs Assessment whose outcomes and recommendations will also inform the City’s programs, investments, and policies.
Lakewood’s initial overarching priorities are provided for consideration:
- Contribution to a cohesive, integrated Sustainability initiative that considers people, place, and prosperity in our neighborhoods.
- Metrics to analyze and prioritize city investments. Produce realistic metrics that can be used to guide prioritization, measure progress, and refine actions.
- A focused and integrated set of actions and goals that facilitate a measurable shift in outcomes towards an appropriate balance of environmental, economic, and social well-being across our community.
- Ensuring the actions address social and racial equity, making sure that no Lakewood resident is left behind as the community moves forward by involving frontline communities in the planning and decision-making process.
- Identify and foster partnerships. Lakewood knows that government is just one group, and not necessarily always the most appropriate group to affect change. Through these plans we expect to bring others to the table and move towards common goals and interests.
Climate Action Plan
The City of Lakewood has taken the initiative to be a regional leader when it comes to implementing sustainable projects city-wide. City Council and the administration has worked hard to build awareness and momentum for environmental projects that affect our air and water quality. While an initial level of progress has been achieved across a variety of projects, a CAP is needed to better define objectives and milestones and to prioritize next steps towards our goal to reduce emissions for city operations and across the broader community. Additionally, creating Lakewood’s first CAP through an equity lens will help meet the city’s stated 100% renewable energy goal while working to ensure everyone benefits from this transition.
We can realize significant impacts where they are needed most by supporting equitable approaches to energy efficiency and renewable energy, reducing transportation emissions and providing equitable access to transportation options, re-growing our tree canopy and creating vibrant green space in all Lakewood neighborhoods, expanding access to local food, and more. This CAP will pull together a variety of isolated mitigation and adaptation/resiliency initiatives into an aggressive and comprehensive plan, creating momentum and accountability within the City, its Resiliency Task Force, and additional partners.