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Flagstaff Climate Action Plan Meeting Notes And Commentary

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Last night the Flagstaff Sustainability Department sent out an email to interested parties asking for applications to serve on the City’s proposed Climate Action Plan Steering Committee. This committee will help put together the goals and objectives for the CAP, working alongside a third party consultant that the City is in the process of hiring.

Those interested in joining the Climate Action Plan Steering Committee can find more information at the surveymonkey link here:


Last week I posted on Twitter my concern that the public and local business community was being brought into the process a bit late. This was met with a critical response from the City, who said I was not adequately representing the public participation opportunities in the plan.

My concern stemmed from the fact that a private stakeholder meeting and two private scoping committee meetings had already been held. The scope of the plan, centered around “social justice”, has already been outlined.  I have been told by City staff that the scope of the plan can change with public input, but I would have liked to see that public input happen before the scope had been put in place.

Since the details of this plan will impact every resident and business within the City limits, I encourage my readers to pay close attention and make your voice heard at every opportunity.

For now, here are the meeting notes from the stakeholder and scoping committee meetings. This is an opportunity for you to read for yourself what has already been discussed and come to your own conclusions:

March 27th Stakeholder Meeting notes: stakeholder meeting

April 17th Scoping Committee notes: Meeting One

April 19th Scoping Committee notes: Meeting Two

I talked about this in a little more detail last week on the Jeff Oravits Show. You can listen to that entire show here:


DISCLAIMER: I currently serve on the Flagstaff Sustainability Commission but all of my opinions here are mine and mine alone.


The Flagstaff Sustainability Commission discusses Flagstaff’s proposed Climate Action Plan at their May meeting.

  1. SacredPeaks
    June 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Elisha, Thank you for keeping us informed!

    Some comments and questions on the City’s CAP plan:
    1. Who are the stakeholders? Names are listed but do they live in Flagstaff? What are their titles or areas of expertise and what is their stakeholder/position on the CAP plan?
    2. Who initiated the plan?
    3. Agreed! The plan is being fast-tracked without enough input during the early stages of planning and does not include a broad enough stakeholder representation.
    4. Why does Flagstaff have to be a part of ICLI? Is ICLI the key driver on the plan? Does the City receive any funding from ICLI? If so, is implementing the CAP plan tied to any funding received by the City?
    5. Where is the evidence that low-income people use more energy?
    6. Is APS a stakeholder? If so, this would increase their profit margin when a rate increase was just denied.
    7. If energy and water rates are to be increased to counteract/reduce carbon and conserve water it will negatively affect the poor disproportionately regardless how much or how little those resources are used.
    8. The educational and target marketing plan seems to be focused more heavily on NAU and FUSD students rather than the general population. Why?
    9. If “people don’t care about climate change” then why is the City Council placing so much emphasis on this initiative?
    10. Given the estimated cost to write and implement the plan it seems there are very few real ROI opportunities for a community the size of Flagstaff.
    11. Why were you (and presumably other Council members) not informed of these meetings prior to their occurrence?

    Thank you for your consideration!

  1. June 13, 2017 at 9:10 am

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