Canary Initiative

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In 2005, the City of Aspen actively addressed climate change by creating the Canary Initiative, the sustainability and climate action department. While Canary works in many different realms of sustainability, the majority of their work is oriented around reducing Aspen’s greenhouse gas emissions. Aspen has set community goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions a total of 30 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.

Aspen’s Climate Action Plan is serving as a roadmap document to reach these greenhouse gas reduction goals. This plan is meant to help guide ongoing programs and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also identifying which may have the most impact. This plan is a “living document,” meaning it will be updated every few years to serve and engage with the Aspen community through 2050.

For more information on Aspen’s Climate Action Plan, click here.

In addition to Canary’s greenhouse gas reduction programs, the department offers energy efficiency support to residents and businesses, works on resiliency planning to help Aspen respond to the impacts of a changing climate, and represents Aspen at state, national and global policy levels.


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