Neighborhood-scale climate action pilot kicks off in Sundance and Goss Grove communities

Community leaders, with support from the City of Boulder, are launching a series of neighborhood-scale climate action forums this month. The online forums will bring neighbors together to develop a vision for their climate future and set the stage to create a neighborhood-scale climate action plan.

The city selected five neighborhoods to participate in a pilot program called ANCA (Accelerate Neighborhood Climate Action) in January. The first three neighborhood participants, Martin Acres, Sundance and Goss Grove will host forums in April, while HyView and Melody Catalpa neighborhoods will host forums later this year.

Martin Acres held the first forum on April 3. The Sundance forum will take place on April 10, and Goss Grove will host a forum on April 17. Residents of the participating neighborhoods are invited to attend their community forum and can register online via the links below:

  • Sundance - April 10, 2021
  • Goss Grove - April 17, 2021

“I think everyone wants to do more to help with climate change, and this ANCA program is a way for neighborhoods to come together to support individual efforts as well as develop community climate-action initiatives,” said K.J McCorry and Thomas Ruprecht, co-chairs of ANCA in the Sundance neighborhood near the Elks Park in north Boulder.

It’s not just climate change that’s on the top of minds for many community members – the pandemic and recent tragedy have underscored the value of connection. Deeper neighborhood connection is a core component of the ANCA program, explains city sustainability coordinator Elizabeth Vasatka. “Connected communities are more resilient communities. Big disruptions like the pandemic or climate change touch all our lives, but the impacts aren’t felt equally. Resilient communities can help ensure that everyone is able to survive and thrive.”

The 2021 pilots will provide insight into this model of neighborhood climate action. If successful, the city may support more neighborhood forums in 2022.

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