In anticipation of Thursday’s focus group on Climate Change: Mitigation and Resiliency, we have a guest post from Peter Gower, an environmental planner, Reno Planning Commissioner and Chair of the Climate Action Initiative:
For the ReImagine Reno’s September 29th focus group, the theme will be climate change. As the city updates its master plan, we would like to hear how you think the city should plan locally for such a global issue. How can the city reduce its greenhouse gas emissions? What can the city do to be more resilient as the climate changes? This summer’s low water levels in the Truckee River and hazy skies from massive wildfires in California could become the norm under a warmer climate. Are we prepared? The City Council recently committed to becoming a member of the Compact of Mayors, the first city in Nevada. This commitment is the first step in developing a comprehensive plan to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The City Council has demonstrated its commitment to re-imagine a climate-friendly, resilient Reno. Your input will help define what actions the city will take to fulfill its commitment. We look forward to seeing you on September 29th!
We have already received lots of concerns and great ideas around climate change and sustainability through the ReImagine Reno online survey – check out a sample of comments below! Also, please take the survey and RSVP to attend the Climate Change focus group and join the conversation.
“Encourage sustainability. Limited water resources and projected growth create a conundrum that needs to be solved now. Not once it’s too late.” – Submitted 8/3
“I anticipate that Reno will be unlivable in 20 years, and hope to be somewhere else.” – Submitted 8/4
“We would love to see more local farms that keep supporting local communities and restaurants while creating opportunities for agro-tourism and education.” – Submitted 8/13
“The fact that we are not tapping into our tremendous wind resources for sustainable energy is disturbing.” – Submitted 8/16
“Community Recycling program similar to Seattle WA including community composting and biodegradable garbage bags.” – Submitted 7/31
“Instituting a city & county ordinance banning the use of plastic shopping bags is imperative, if Reno is going to live up to it’s desire to be an eco-conscious, livable community. Many other cities have accomplished this goal successfully, by phasing it in and working with the area retail establishments.” – Submitted 8/18
“The natural resources, namely water, will continue to be a concern and should always be considered when new developments are planned. I would like to see no new strip malls built until the current ones are full.” – Submitted 8/18
“Focus on being the model of how to live more efficiently and happiness: Energy/water efficiency, vegetarian, compassion and control of animal populations, education.” – Submitted 8/17
“Push for innovative, solar efficient, well-insulated, affordable, multi-use structural development.” – Submitted 8/12
“Reno should plan for infill and more compact living. All future design and planning should consider how to reduce water usage. Reno should plan for an EV economy, with plentiful charging stations. Reno should plan for all neighborhoods to be serviced by mass transit.” – Submitted 8/4
“I would like to see a thriving urban gardening and food production (including things like eggs, cottage foods, bee keeping, incubator kitchens, composting facilities, etc.) culture supported by local governments, citizens, businesses. It is important that our area become more food self sufficient and that citizens are empowered and educated about health and eating well. We need to also learn new ways to make healthy food accessible to everyone…rich and poor.” – Submitted 8/3
“Green waste is a must to help capture carbon in the soil and reduce water needs in the landscape.” – Submitted 7/29