Lawrence, Douglas County residents can help shape Climate Action Plan

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Lawrence City Commission to hear update on planning process at Tuesday meeting

The Lawrence-Douglas County Sustainability Office wants to hear from local residents about how to address and protect the community from potential climate change risks.

The Climate Action Plan is a joint effort between the City of Lawrence and Douglas County, as part of the previously adopted comprehensive Plan 2040.

Residents can share their thoughts through an online engagement survey, available at this link.

The office is also seeking climate ambassadors who will engage in service projects or discussions to gather stories and feedback about how climate change impacts the community. 

Residents who are knowledgeable or passionate about climate action on the local level are encouraged to apply. Climate ambassadors have a variety of options to participate, from facilitating group discussions about personalized individual climate action plans or hosting book clubs to participating in local efforts such as stream cleanup projects.

Those who are interested can fill out this quick form to get in touch with sustainability staff.

As part of its Tuesday meeting, the Lawrence City Commission will receive an update about the progress of the Climate Action Plan from Sustainability Director Jasmin Moore. 

Douglas County commissioners expressed enthusiasm about the plan’s progress thus far during a September work session. Moore noted during the work session that the plan will be formed with the community’s most vulnerable in mind. The plan is in its community input phase right now, and staff will incorporate community feedback into strategies and action items this winter. 

According to the City Commission’s Tuesday meeting agenda, the project’s timeline anticipates consideration for final adoption of the plan in the spring of 2022.

Find more information about the Climate Action Plan here

The Lawrence City Commission will meet at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. The hybrid meeting will take place both via Zoom and at City Hall, with commissioners participating remotely.

Written public comments for the commission must be received by the city clerk’s office by noon Tuesday, via email to, to be included in the agenda. Members of the public may make comments during the meeting in person at City Hall (masks are required) or via Zoom. Register for the Zoom meeting at this link.

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