Columbus Climate Change Action Plan

The Task Force anticipates release of the final draft of the Columbus Climate Change Action Plan in late August 2018.

 

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You are invited to provide feedback on the following eight draft technical chapters of the Columbus Climate Change Action Plan from February 1, 2018 through March 9, 2018. Each of the chapters is downloadable as either a PDF or Word document. Following your review of a chapter, please click the Submit Feedback on Chapter link under that chapter, and you will be directed to an online tool to provide specific feedback on each action item contained in that chapter. Each action item is numbered and begins with either an N, denoting necessary actions, or A, denoting aspirational actions. A brief video is provided below to show you the process of downloading a chapter and providing feedback.

Overview of the Plan's Development

A Climate Change Action Plan Task Force was formed in autumn 2016 and charged with creating a document to outline specific actions the City of Columbus could take to address climate vulnerabilities identified in the 2016 report Climate Change in Columbus Ohio. The Task Force was charged with creating a document that included both necessary actions that the city must take and aspirational actions that the city should take - realizing that the number of aspirational actions the city would take would depend on budgetary and staffing priorities - to make Columbus more climate resilient. Stakeholder meetings were held on January 2017 to brainstorm and prioritize actions. Technical experts were asked to refine actions and comment on facets of their implementation. The Task Force was encouraged to connect to other planning documents and programs to avoid duplication of services, use accessible text and graphics so that the the document would be understood by a broad audience, and format the final report in such a way as to be readily implementable by accountable city departments. The finalized plan will be presented to the Columbus City Council and Columbus Mayor.

It is important to note that this plan is a climate change adaptation plan and not a climate change mitigation plan, which would focus largely on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

Action Plan Supporting Materials

Table of All Action Statements

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Sheet of Terms and Abbreviations

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Action Plan Technical Chapters

Extreme Heat

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Air Quality & Energy

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Flooding

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Water Quality

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Water Use

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Ecosystems

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Emergency Preparedness

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Vulnerable Populations

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Questions

Feedback about the action plan should be submitted using the feedback links above to ensure that the entire task force has an opporunity to review your comments. Questions about the Columbus Climate Change Action Plan may be directed to Task Force Chair, Jason Cervenec, at cervenec.1@osu.edu or 614-688-0080. 

Project Support

Development of the Columbus Climate Change Action Plan and the report Climate Change in Columbus Ohio were the result of a collaboration between the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University, the City of Columbus, GLISA, the Columbus Foundation, and the Natural Resources Defense Council with contributions from an additional 75 individuals.

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