CHICO, Calif. - Vice Mayor Alex Brown and Councilmember Karl Ory have announced a climate action policy package titled the "Chico Green New Deal".
As explained by a press release, the policy package "will complement the City's existing efforts to achieve state greenhouse gas reduction targets and emphasize additional climate adaptation and mitigation efforts for City Council consideration."
“We have built the infrastructure to take on the climate crisis locally, through the declaration of a climate emergency and institutionalizing the Climate Action Commission,” said Vice Mayor Brown. “Now is the time for City leadership to lay a bold policy path forward.”
There are about eighteen policy goals outlined by The Chico Green New Deal, three of which are:
- 100% clean electricity powering the City grid by 2030
- Achieving climate neutrality by 2045
- Actions or plans for each policy area being in place by 2026
“Some of the elements of this plan may not be achieved during our time in office. That’s why I am committed to ensuring that policy plans are written and in place by the end of my second term on the Chico City Council (2026)," said Brown. "Future generations of Council leadership will be well-equipped to take these plans and carry this legacy forward to climate neutrality by 2045.”
"Climate change is the greatest threat to people of all ages, and must be addressed locally," said Ory.
The two are planned to present the plan various times over the coming months and encourage the community to join in.
There will be a press conference at the Chico Hands sculpture in front of City Hall on 3rd and Wall Streets on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m.