Urbana finishes first step in climate plan

URBANA — City officials have completed a greenhouse-gas inventory, the first step in writing Urbana's climate action plan which aims to reduce the city's negative environmental effects while increasing quality of life for residents.

A draft of the plan will be on display for anyone who wants to view it at 5 p.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 2) in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St. City administrators will be present to field questions, and then members of the sustainability advisory commission will convene their regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m.

The greenhouse-gas inventory is an assessment of the emissions from various sectors, such as commercial and residential parts of the city as well as emissions from transportation and solid waste. Officials hope to reduce those emissions 25 percent by 2020, and the draft plan identifies strategies they hope will help the city achieve its goal, according to a press release.

Those unable to attend the session may visit http://urbanaillinois.us/climateactionplan to view the plan and submit comments online.

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