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LONGMONT, Colo. – The City of Longmont has received an A, the top score on climate action, from CDP, a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system. Cities and counties on the CDP’s A List are recognized for taking leadership on environmental action and transparency. Only 12% of cities and counties that were scored in 2022 received an A score.
Some of the requirements for an A score include:
- Public disclosure through CDP-ICLEI Track, the globally recognized climate reporting and accountability platform
- A community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory
- A science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction target and a published integrated climate action plan
- A climate risk and vulnerability assessment
“I am thrilled that Longmont has received top marks from CDP for its climate efforts,” said Longmont Mayor Joan Peck. “Making the A list in our second year of the program reflects Longmont’s deep commitment to mitigating climate change and our determination to continue to improve year over year.”
Highlights of Longmont’s climate action efforts include:
- Increasing support of wildfire mitigation at Button Rock Preserve to help protect the water supply
- Passing 2021 ICC code updates and residential solar and electric vehicle-ready amendments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Developing and passing a Beneficial Building Electrification Plan to reduce building GHG emissions
- Passing the updated Zero Waste Resolution and increasing funding for the Eco-Cycle Green Star program
- Aligning the City’s 2030 emissions reduction target with the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb world temperatures
“Congratulations to Longmont for earning a spot on the CDP Cities A List — one of 49 cities and counties in North America to make the list in 2022,” said Katie Walsh, head of cities, states, regions and public authorities, CDP North America. “From mitigating carbon emissions in line with science, to building resilience against floods, drought and other climate hazards, to centering marginalized and vulnerable communities in their response, A List local governments are demonstrating best-practice environmental action. Longmont is in the vanguard of cities and counties leading the way toward a climate-safe future.”
About Longmont, Colorado
Longmont, Colorado, is a 29-square-mile city with more than 300 days of sunshine and a spectacular vista of the Rocky Mountains. With a population of nearly 100,000, Longmont sits at an elevation of 4,979 feet above sea level. With more than 1,800 acres of parks and open space, a robust craft beverage scene, thriving art culture, fresh dining opportunities, and a Main Street teeming with new energy, Longmont is perfect for everyone from young families to those young at heart. Longmont is also home to several high-tech companies and a nationally recognized school district. Longmont is located in Boulder County conveniently situated 37 miles from Denver, 16 miles from Boulder and 30 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park.
CDP is a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions. Founded in 2000 and working with more than 680 investors with over $130 trillion in assets, CDP pioneered using capital markets and corporate procurement to motivate companies to disclose their environmental impacts, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests.
Nearly 20,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2022, including more than 18,700 companies worth 50% of global market capitalization, and over 1,100 cities, states and regions. CDP is a founding member of the Science Based Targets initiative, We Mean Business Coalition, The Investor Agenda and the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative. Visit cdp.net or follow us @CDP to find out more.