Columbia City Council approves renewable energy ordinance, climate change plan

The Columbia City Council approved an ordinance and a plan to reduce the city’s carbon footprint at its meeting Monday night.

The ordinance allowed the city to join two districts that provide funding for property owners seeking to make their homes and businesses more energy efficient, and the plan reaffirmed the city’s commitment to reduce pollution.

On June 2, Mayor Brian Treece signed onto Climate Mayors, which committed Columbia to adopting, honoring and upholding the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

In addition to confirming the resolution listing the city’s commitments to reduce climate pollution, the council also signed on to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. The vote directed City Manager Mike Matthes to register and begin a four-step process.

The first step is registering a commitment, followed by taking inventory of the current impact of climate change in the city. This impact includes a breakdown of emissions and identifying climate hazards. The city must then create reduction targets and establish a system of measurements, according to a city memo.

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