CHICO, Calif. - Chico Vice Mayor Alex Brown and councilor Karl Ory announced a new initiative called the Chico Green New Deal.
The goal is to steer the city toward renewable and sustainable practices as they say climate change worsens. The plan has three main goals, to power the city 100% by clean energy by 2020, to be climate neutral by 2045, and the new policy to achieve these goals will be in place by 2026.
"Climate change is the emergency of our time," said Brown. "If cities don't step up and take leadership in addressing then work is not going to get done."
Chico resident, Katie Abarca-Good said she supports the green new deal.
"With the time alotted that they've built-in, I think it shows a little bit of promise as far as building in the structure," said Good.
The councilors plan to address climate change by maximizing clean energy opportunities, sustainable food, creating local green jobs, and reducing water and waste.
To read in-depth about the policy package, CLICK HERE.