Anchorage, Alaska Climate Action Plan
Anchorage, Alaska’s Climate Action Plan offers both climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies that support a vision for resilience and 80% less greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Climate adaptation planning is focused on emergency preparedness, watershed, urban forest and public health measures. Social equity and inclusion of indigenous communities impacts and needs are also prioritized, with Alaskan Native values incorporated throughout the plan.
Climate change is causing major impacts on communities and ecosystems, and in turn cultural and economic effects across the state. The average temperature in Alaska has risen twice as fast as the global average in the last century. Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, is experiencing these warmer temperatures, less snowfall and more winter rain, flooding, erosion, wildfires and more.
Anchorage’s plan has adaptation and mitigation strategies established for the sectors of: Buildings and Energy, Land Use and Transportation, Consumption and Solid Waste, Health and Emergency Preparedness, Food Systems, Urban Forests and Watersheds, and Outreach and Education.
Some of the adaptation strategies and objectives outlined for Urban Forests and Watersheds include:
- Support wildfire mitigation and improve forest management to prepare for increased risk of wildfire
- Improve stormwater management to mitigate flooding and promote better water quality
- Increase interagency cooperation to improve ecosystem management
- Maintain or improve the resilience of the urban forest and watersheds in Anchorage to promote ecosystem services and buffer against extreme weather events
- Increase capacity to respond to invasive species outbreaks
- Monitor Eklutna watershed to ensure a resilient drinking water supply
Climate resilient objectives for Health and Emergency Preparedness include to:
- Develop strategies to enhance the health and safety of all Anchorage residents
- Collaborate and engage diverse groups of people across Anchorage in health and safety planning
- Build household, neighborhood, and community resilience and self-sufficiency for emergency situations
- Support creative and collaborative research to understand how climate change is impacting the health and safety of Anchorage residents
In order support implementation and monitoring of the plan, Anchorage has set two overarching, top priority goals for tracking and assessing progress:
- Complete a greenhouse gas inventory for Anchorage and update annually to measure progress towards climate goals.
- Develop a framework for selecting, monitoring, and sharing indicators that track 1) environmental changes associated with climate change, 2) impacts of climate change at a neighborhood-level, and 3) adaptation measures and their effectiveness in Anchorage.
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
- City of Anchorage, Alaska
- University of Alaska Anchorage
- Biodiversity and ecosystems
- Emergency preparedness
- Land use and built environment
- Public health
- Small communities
- Plans (other)
- Air temperature
- Precipitation changes