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Flagstaff Climate Action Plan Meeting Notes And Commentary

June 13, 2017 2 comments

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.


Flag Sustainability Commission Votes 4-3 To Support Carbon Tax

January 29, 2016 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

The Flagstaff Sustainability Commission voted 4-3 at their January 28th meeting to support a resolution presented by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporting a carbon tax. The Flagstaff City Council will be voting on this resolution next week.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby created a seven page document just for me to try to convince me that this carbon tax is a libertarian, free market proposal. You can read that document here:

Citizens Climate Lobby Document For Elisha Dorfsmith

As you probably guessed, I was not convinced and was one of the three NO votes.

You can watch the entire commission meeting here:

The video below shows some of the commission discussion and the vote:


Flagstaff Board & Commission Meetings Now Streamed And Posted On The City Website

September 30, 2015 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

In a huge win for government openness and transparency, the City of Flagstaff recently began requiring all City boards and commissions to live stream and post their meetings on the City website. This effort was brought about by Councilman Jeff Oravits who has long advocated for increased meeting visibility.

In addition to streamed and posted meetings, a positive side effect of using City recording equipment is that commission meetings that were once held in hard to find backrooms at City Hall are now being held in the Council chambers. This change makes it much easier for the public to attend and provide input.

I am excited that Flagstaff residents will now have unlimited access to these important meetings. Boards and commissions play a large role in influencing council direction and the public deserves to be included in that process. Now if we can just get Coconino County to follow the City’s lead…

You can view all of the Commission meetings that have been recorded so far at the “Commissions” link here:

If you are a Flagstaff resident and would like to serve on a City Commission, you can fill out an application here:


Chairing the Flagstaff Sustainability Commission earlier this week. This video and all other City board and commission meeting video is available HERE at the “Commissions” link.

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