Boulder Recognized for Transparency in Climate Action
The City of Boulder has been recognized as a global leader on environmental action and transparency by CDP, an international nonprofit that collects environmental data.
This recognition places Boulder on CDP’s Cities A List for the second year in a row.
“Throughout our community and across the city organization, we recognize that climate action is not just tracking data,” said Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer Jonathan Koehn. “Climate action must include setting ambitious targets, acting on those targets and ensuring transparency in our efforts to tackle this big challenge.”
CDP publishes its Cities A List to demonstrate how cities are leading on transparency and ambitious environmental action. Boulder is among 105 cities around the globe to receive the top rating this year. To score an A, a city must have a rigorous citywide emissions inventory, set an emissions reduction target, publish a climate action plan and complete a climate resiliency plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards now and in the future.
“This year, unfortunately, we saw once again that local jurisdictions are — and will continue to be — at the front lines of this crisis,” said Koehn. “Cities feel the impacts of climate change acutely and are key players in finding solutions.”
The city’s greenhouse gas emissions data is available on the city’s open data dashboard, Boulder Measures. Since 2005, the Boulder community has reduced emissions by 21%, even as the city’s population and GDP grew. Boulder’s target is to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050, but current climate science calls for more aggressive targets. The city plans to seek in 2021 community adoption of updated targets that and align with the latest science.
CDP is a global nonprofit that drives companies, cities and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.
Over 8,400 companies and 800 cities, states and regions disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2019. CDP’s platform is one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. Visit https://www.cdp.net/en for more information.
Emily Sandoval, Media Relations, 303-441-1927
Lauren Tremblay, Climate Initiatives, 303-441-3452
Published Nov. 17, 2020