Ashland Climate Action

Project Description

SOCAN’s Ashland Climate Action Project works to ensure that climate action is a top priority in Ashland and incorporated into all city planning and decision-making. Through education and outreach we inform and engage residents to work together to reduce our community’s climate impact and support achievement of the goals of Ashland’s Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP). We complement and support the work of the Ashland Climate Policy Commission, the Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission, and the Transportation Commission

Project Leader

To join this project contact Lorrie Kaplan 

Goals

Our Vision: Ashland will achieve the goals of the Ashland Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP).  We believe that leadership and informed action by the city, its residents, and businesses will reduce Ashland’s climate impact and strengthen our community. Our goals include:

  1. Outreach and Organizing: Increase the number of Ashland residents who are knowledgeable about the Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP) and supporting its implementation
  2. Education: Provide, facilitate, and/or promote education and information dissemination on timely topics related to CEAP and greenhouse gas reduction.
  3. Advocacy: Ensure a robust citizen voice that prioritizes climate action and advocates for full and timely CEAP implementation 

Connection to SOCAN Mission

We work with individuals and organizations in Ashland to advocate for both personal and governmental actions that reduce the emissions and atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases. 

Background Information

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a great number of people, Ashland developed and approved a Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP) in March 2017. The CEAP is a comprehensive, landmark document, with goals, strategies, and actions for both municipal operations and the community.  However, implementing it takes time, commitment, funding, and a willingness to change the way we think about our city, our individual and community choices, and how we get things done. The Ashland Climate Action Project was formed to raise the voices of climate activists and raise awareness about climate action so that the goals of the CEAP can be achieved. Read the CEAP Executive Summary here.

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