Blacksburg seeks public input on Climate Action Plan

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Blacksburg is joining other communities around the country by putting a Climate Action Plan in place to protect it's local environment.

The Sustainability Department has been working on the plan since 2007 when former Environmental Manager Susan Garrison, who passed away in 2013, began the work.

The mayor and town council also started the work at the request of the public to join the Mayors' Cool Cities Initiative and make a clear commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Now the town is holding meetings with the public to get input on the plan on Monday, May 23, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Blacksburg Community Center Program Room and Sunday, May 29, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Blacksburg Public Library Community Room.

The plan is divided into six chapters covering the major sectors of the community that substantially contribute to Blacksburg's greenhouse gas emissions. These include: Residential, Transportation, Commercial/Industrial, Food, Waste & Recycling, Land Use, and Renewable Energy.

Sustainability Manager Carol Davis said nothing in the plan is mandatory, just helpful tips for those wanting to improve their environmental footprint.

He said, "There are other strategies that we are hoping to implement, either to secure funding to do it or to look at different policies we can shift, incentives that we can offer to builders or homeowners alike to reduce the energy use in the buildings in the community, things like that."

To see the Climate Action Plan, click the link attached to the right of this article.

Feedback, questions and comments can be emailed to and will be reviewed and considered by the Climate Action Plan Working Group prior to presenting a final draft of the plan to the Mayor and Town Council for consideration and adoption.

The plan spells out goals, measurable objectives, and short- and longer-term implementation strategies across each of these sectors to reach our community's energy and climate action goals.

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