Sustainability and Adaptation in Grand Junction

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About the Plan

As the largest city in the region, at the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers, and set among the National Monument, Grand Mesa and Bookclifs, Grand Junction serves an essential role at the intersection of the natural and urban interface to lead the Western Slope in sustainable and resiliency best practices. The recent curbside recycling programs, EV readiness plan, urban forestry program, housing needs assessment, and greenhouse gas inventory set a strong foundation for this effort and demonstrate the City’s vision to serve as a resource management and sustainability leader. City staff has invited community members to create the first Sustainability and Adaptation community steering committee to help facilitate navigating the direction of the plan.

The Sustainability and Adaptation Plan for the City of Grand Junction will provide an adaptable, yet action-oriented long-range guide to the future of the city. Review the Sustainability and Adaptation Current Conditions to learn more about the initial review of resources and the five key themes for the plan. The process will include the discovery of innovative solutions through deep community listing and address key issues facing the community such as heat, drought, hazards, and air quality.

Community Input

The purpose of this project page is for community members to provide opinions on what they believe should be included in the plan and volunteer to participate in focus groups in areas of expertise. Engage in the tools section to let city staff know what strategies and goals should be established for each of the five topic areas. * Update as of 1/5: See tools below to help determine goal prioritization and provide suggested strategies for the plan!

About the Plan

As the largest city in the region, at the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers, and set among the National Monument, Grand Mesa and Bookclifs, Grand Junction serves an essential role at the intersection of the natural and urban interface to lead the Western Slope in sustainable and resiliency best practices. The recent curbside recycling programs, EV readiness plan, urban forestry program, housing needs assessment, and greenhouse gas inventory set a strong foundation for this effort and demonstrate the City’s vision to serve as a resource management and sustainability leader. City staff has invited community members to create the first Sustainability and Adaptation community steering committee to help facilitate navigating the direction of the plan.

The Sustainability and Adaptation Plan for the City of Grand Junction will provide an adaptable, yet action-oriented long-range guide to the future of the city. Review the Sustainability and Adaptation Current Conditions to learn more about the initial review of resources and the five key themes for the plan. The process will include the discovery of innovative solutions through deep community listing and address key issues facing the community such as heat, drought, hazards, and air quality.

Community Input

The purpose of this project page is for community members to provide opinions on what they believe should be included in the plan and volunteer to participate in focus groups in areas of expertise. Engage in the tools section to let city staff know what strategies and goals should be established for each of the five topic areas. * Update as of 1/5: See tools below to help determine goal prioritization and provide suggested strategies for the plan!

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  • Plan Key Themes

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    The Five Key Themes of the plan are as follows:

    1. Climate Resilience

    Climate Resilience recognizes the need to proactively reduce GHG emissions while adapting to stresses in the face of challenge and uncertainty, including rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and increasing frequency of extreme weather events as well as social disruptions such as disease and economic shifts.

    2. Energy Stewardship

    Energy Stewardship is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable growth. Renewable energy refers to energy derived from naturally occurring, replenishable sources that are essentially inexhaustible over time, whereas energy efficiency involves reducing energy and cost.

    3. Water Conservation

    Water Conservation is essential given Grand Junction’s semiarid climate to ensure a sustainable water supply for the future for drinking water, agricultural production, and natural habitats through education and innovation.

    4. Waste Management

    Waste Management considers the systematic planning, collection, diversion, recycling, and disposal of materials generated by residents, businesses, and industries to minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve resources, and ensure the City’s ability to effectively manage waste streams. This includes efforts towards a more circular economy.

    5. Built Environment

    Built Environment considers community design that is sustainable, livable, and efficient in the relationship of transportation systems, housing affordability, access to open space, and basic needs and services that can be adapted to the specific context and needs of a community.

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